Joshua Tyler Vela likes designing and creating landscape features, and originally wanted to grow up to become a landscape designer. He changed his decision while taking a high school accounting class, realizing accounting was more his style. The 100+ degree heat this summer may have solidified his career decision to stick with accounting—indoors—and become a CPA.
As the summer heats up outside, Josh is a Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning summer intern working inside.
Josh grew up in Wylie, Texas, and attended Canyon Creek Academy where he competed in Track and soccer and was in the band. After graduation, he headed off to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he is an accounting major.
He has spent this summer learning about the real world in a job much like one he’ll soon have, and earning money to help him complete his college degree.
He’s also involved with Beta Gamma Sigma, an elite international honor business society. Membership eligibility requirements include that a student must be in the top 10% of a bachelor’s business program or top 20% for master’s programs. The purpose of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence among its members. A major emphasis of the society is to foster ethical business leadership. Members reside in over 160 countries with 27 alumni chapters located in major metropolitan areas in the U.S., Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, Switzerland & Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Peru, London and Toronto. These chapters provide educational and networking opportunities for members.
Josh got to network with a number of Sirius employees this summer as his role involved working with bookkeeping, Accounts Receivable, making deposits, invoicing and reconciliation of the books.
After graduation next spring, he plans to finish a master’s degree and then take the CPA certification exam to eventually work for a large firm.
His childhood dream of being a landscape engineer will live on, though, since he admits, “As a matter of fact, most the landscaping around my house was designed by me."
While many summer intern jobs don’t pay, Sirius knows it’s right to pay their interns—as they work and learn the business--to help them to afford and finish their college educations. Josh is grateful for his summer intern position, and Sirius Air Conditioning and plumbing was happy to have his skills in the office all summer.
For more information about Sirius Plumbing and Air and their Internships giving back to the community, see the company’s website: http://siriuspac.com/ or call 972-235-6600.
The company is located in Carrollton at 1406 Halsey Way, Suite 100, Carrollton, TX 75007.