By Jonathan Sinaw
On September 24th, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society hosted representatives from EisnerAmper for an information session, giving students the opportunity to meet professionals from the firm. Once the session began, Melissa Miro and Frank Hsu introduced themselves to the audience. Melissa, a second-year manager in the firm’s audit practice, specializes in financial services. Frank, a Baruch alum, is also an audit manager and works with financial services and commercial manufacturing companies. Melissa started by saying that they wanted the information session to be a casual experience where students would be free to ask questions throughout. This was intended to reflect the “casual but very professional” culture of the firm.
Accompanied by informative PowerPoint slides, Frank and Melissa started by familiarizing everyone with general information about EisnerAmper. With offices concentrated mostly in the northeast, EisnerAmper is the 5th largest accounting firm in the New York area. The firm’s largest office is in New York City, followed by its new office in Iselin, NJ which opened this year to consolidate over 300 partners and employees from three separate New Jersey offices. Both professionals were very excited about the potential of this new location, which houses a training center where new hires will spend their introductory two-week training period. EisnerAmper is also an independent member of PKF International, which gives employees an opportunity to work at different offices around the world. Frank described this as a “foreign exchange student” program for the accounting world. EisnerAmper usually exchanges employees for two to three-month periods with professionals from South Africa and Australia. Frank added, “Some of my colleagues have participated and they absolutely loved it.”
Next both presenters shared a personal sense of what sets EisnerAmper apart from other firms. Melissa, who originally worked for a “Big 4” accounting firm, came to EisnerAmper for the firm’s people and culture, and to experience more areas of an audit. In her previous position, she worked with one client for nine months of the year and only worked on one piece of the audit. At EisnerAmper, Melissa still works with big companies, but gets to see a much more comprehensive view of her audits. Frank enjoys working for EisnerAmper because the firm puts a lot of effort into helping him grow his career: “What sets us apart from other accounting firms is that I don’t feel like I’m just a number.” The EisnerAmper University provides continuing education for all professionals to educate on “hot topics” of accounting and help them earn their CPE credits. Every year there is also a three-day training period after employees are promoted and move up in the company. This is accompanied by online training which provides additional guidance on a wide variety of topics. Employees can choose to concentrate on their particular line of service or branch out and learn about topics from different service lines.
After the presentation, Baruch students were eager to ask questions and learn more about the firm. When asked about team-building activities at EisnerAmper, both presenters were happy to share what the firm has to offer. All new hires start at the same time around November and train together, which gives them the opportunity to bond. Employees also play team sports such as dodgeball, kickball, basketball, baseball and soccer in intercompany leagues. This gives employees the chance to unwind after work, and network with other professionals. Employees also volunteer for charities together under the project name EisnerAmper Cares. Melissa shared her experience volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house where she cooked dinner for underprivileged youth. “It was a really nice experience to help out with the community.”
Both presenters did a wonderful job of educating the audience about EisnerAmper and answering questions. Students left the information session knowing a great deal more about the culture and practices of the firm. Make sure to keep an eye out for other EisnerAmper events scheduled at Baruch. For more information please go to http://www.eisneramper.com/careers/campus-overview/
By Jonathan Sinaw
On September 12th, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society welcomed Grant Thornton to Baruch, giving students the opportunity to meet with managers, recruiters and interns from the firm. Katie Crona, Grant Thornton’s University Recruiter, opened the session by announcing an exciting twist to the firm’s information session: this info session would be “speed networking, not to be confused with speed dating.” The 120 students in attendance were situated at 15 round tables, and a professional from GT would spend seven minutes at each table before rotating to the next team of students. Students and professionals spoke extensively with each another, and students had the chance to ask questions about the firm.
I was assigned to Table #1 and, together with seven other students, I met with eight GT professionals throughout the night. The first professional with whom we met was Eugenie Hu, a Baruch alumna who began her career this past June in Grant Thornton’s Business Advisory Services practice. She provided insights about her experience during the recruiting process, which was highly relevant for everyone at the table. Eugenie recommended that students prepare for interviews by reading the newspaper so that they can become familiar with current events. When asked what makes GT stand out from the other firms, Eugenie explained that Grant Thornton caters to the middle market, and its employees get to both work with a variety of clients and have a great deal of flexibility while building their careers.
Our group then met Sotaro Misawa, an audit manager at GT who specializes in Commercial Services. Sotaro was able to share his past experience working for three different-sized accounting firms, including one of the Big 4, a small regional firm with 100 employees, and now Grant Thornton. He enjoys working at GT because the firm has the resources of a big firm, but is also small enough for colleagues to get to know one another. When a new employee starts at GT, he/she is assigned a coach and a buddy. A coach is usually a manager, while a buddy is an employee who started at the firm one year earlier. The buddy gives a new hire the opportunity to ask more questions and get acquainted with Grant Thornton and their co-workers.
After the round-table discussions, students and GT professionals were free to get some refreshments and mingle. Katie Crona gave some pointers on the qualities that have helped new recruits succeed at the firm. Since schedules can sometimes call for last minute travel, flexibility and a positive attitude are important for employees to have. Being able to work well with other people is another quality that helps GT employees succeed. People who tend to really enjoy their jobs also often are the ones who are willing to put in the extra time and effort to build strong relationships with members of their engagement team. Ms. Crona’s advice to aspiring students is to be patient, continue to learn, and do things outside of one’s comfort zone.
Overall, the Grant Thornton Round Table was a complete success. Meeting enthusiastic professionals helped to give all students in attendance an insider’s view of the company culture that can be more difficult to assess from a company’s website. Make sure to keep an eye out for other Grant Thornton events and important recruiting dates scheduled at Baruch.
By Cheng Lu
On September 11, 2013, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS) held a Mid-size Accounting Round-Table Event. Students had the opportunity to ask questions one-on-one, and to personally connect with employees of the various firms. Firms in attendance were Baker Tilly, BDO, Cohn Reznick, Crowe Horwath, Friedman, McGladrey, MBAF, Mitchell & Titus, ParenteBeard, WeiserMazars, and UHY. More than 150 students met with professionals of all levels, engaged in conversations about the firms, discussed career opportunities, and received career advice.
MS in Accounting student Simon Lin had a chance to speak with Emilio Escandon, a principal in the Tax and Accounting Department at MBAF. During their conversation, Simon asked Mr. Escandon, “How do you maintain client satisfaction while emphasizing professional integrity and work ethics?” Emilio led Simon through the typical process of a client engagement, “First, you write an engagement letter to the client, in which the client confirms the truthfulness of submitted documents by signing. Then, you do your best during the engagement, and inform the client of the end result. Both the CPA and client need to sign the completed tax return. In the end, you inform your client of the results by projecting what it’s going to look like for next year. Clients pay quarterly estimated tax payments. This way, the surprise is reduced to a minimum when its time to file next year's tax return.” Mr. Escandon emphasized the need for professionals to educate their clients.
MS in Accounting student Elva Chen also had a chance to speak with Mr. Escandon and with Sandra Eisele, another principal in MBAF’s Tax and Accounting Department. During their session, Mr. Escandon and Ms. Eisele discussed the possibility of transferring from audit to tax, and vice versa, which could be appealing to students who want to try both. When questioned about MBAF's internships, they said internships provide opportunities to learn more about their firm and to gain knowledge about what it would be like to work in either tax or audit. Mr. Escandon and Ms. Eisele emphasized the need for communication skills in both tax and audit. Elva summarized briefly about what the two principals said: “A company can provide you with technical skills through training…but an individual must exhibit strong soft skills to be successful.”
During my round-table session, I sat at McGladrey's table and spoke with Betsy Majersky, an Assurance Supervisor. Betsy spoke about busy seasons and emphasized the need for teamwork and communication skills to be successful. She said it’s important to remember that, as a team player, it is important to notify your team if you are falling behind or unable to meet certain deadlines due to obstacles; this way, team members can help to make sure a project is completed successfully and McGladrey's clients are satisfied. Ms. Majersky discussed extensively how the firm’s clients are its first priority: “It has always been all about understanding our clients – their business, their aspirations, their challenges. By understanding our clients, we are able to provide them with fresh insights and tailored expertise to help them succeed.”
Matthew O’Leary, an accountant at Baker Tilly’s Business Fraud & Investigative Services unit, said his firm was also glad to participate in this event: “It gave us an opportunity to meet with some interesting students, and provided us with an opportunity to introduce Baker Tilly to the NYC area.” He felt that the students with whom he met were prepared and excited to learn about his firm. Although he enjoyed meeting multiple graduate students during the event, Mr. O’Leary also only wished that the rotations in the event had each been a little longer to allow for lengthier conversations between students and professionals. Baker Tilly is looking forward to recruiting top talent at Baruch College in the coming years. The firm believes that, in addition to boasting a talented, diverse student body, Baruch similarly shares and endorses Baker Tilly’s chief values of integrity, passion, and stewardship.
Other professionals had different perspectives on the Mid-Size Accounting Round Table event. Michael J. Moss, another principal at MBAF’s Tax and Accounting Department, noticed that many students were focused on recruiting questions, and believed students attending the session should focus on evaluating and learning about the dynamics particular to a mid-sized firm. He enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the students, and noted that MBAF, “as a mid-size firm, provides associates/interns with the opportunity to develop as individuals and professionals in all areas.”
This event was a great opportunity to have face time with firm professionals. Students and professionals were able to connect on a more casual level and learn about the firms, their people, and current opportunities. Many professionals on Wednesday enjoyed speaking with students in the more casual setting of the event. Thanks again to all the students and firms that participated!
By Cheng Lu
On Tuesday April 23rd, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS) hosted a Mock Interviews event. Students got a chance to meet with partners, recruiters, and other professionals from a host of firms including Alvarez & Marsal, Anchin, CohnReznick, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Friedman, Grant Thornton, KPMG, ParenteBeard, Raich Ende Malter, and WTAS. More than 100 students met with professionals to practice interviewing skills and learn more about the recruiting process. Students met with their assigned professionals after lunch for 15 minutes. The mock interviews took place during the first 10 minutes of each session, and were followed by 5 minutes of evaluative feedback from professionals.
Zhen Lin, a MS in Accountancy student, met with David Horton from Anchin. According to Zhen, Mr. Horton asked common interview questions such as, “Where do you want to be five years from now?” The Anchin professional recommended that Zhen try to engage in a more conversational-style interview, avoid discussing excessive details during his prepared 30-second introduction, and highlight more of his strengths when the recruiter asks resume-related questions. Zhen believed that the event was a great opportunity to meet professionals, but would have liked time slots with professionals to be longer than 15 minutes. Overall, he thought that his interview with Mr. Horton and the event itself went very well. Nanzhu Chen, also a Masters in Accountancy student, met with David R. Perez from WTAS. During her evaluation, Mr. Perez helped to edit her resume for conciseness, recommended certain answers to particular interview questions, and pointed out the potential advantages of Nanzhu's fluency in both English and Mandarin. Nanzhu felt the mock interview was helpful and gave her much needed practice. She is now more relaxed and confident during interviews, and recently accepted a summer internship position from Sony Corporation.
Julie Abramson, Campus Recruiter for Deloitte, believed the students performed well, came prepared, and took the interviews very seriously. She thought that the students had excellent questions, and really took advantage of all of the time allotted during the meetings. Nomsa Mlambo, Human Resources Manager from Anchin, also believed that the students performed well and welcomed her advice. One of the recommendations she provided to students was to engage the interviewer on a personal level. She suggested that students should learn to express with enthusiasm whatever they put on their resumes. Ms. Mlambo emphasized that students should smile more during their interviews, and remember that the interviewer is a person too: “They [the students] have already won part of the battle [at the beginning of interviews]. There’s already been a selection process before they even get to the interviews, so they should be confident that the interviewers are already interested in them.” Overall, the recruiters felt the event was engaging and enjoyable. The seating arrangements also placed representatives of different firms at the same tables. By the end of the event, many professionals commented that it was nice to meet peers from other firms during the day as well.
If you couldn’t attend the event Mock Interviews this semester, be sure to keep an eye out for professional networking events and information sessions sponsored by ZGAS in the fall. I personally enjoyed the conversations I had with the professionals I met, and appreciated their advice. I will be looking forward to next year’s Mock Interviews event. Thanks again to all of the students and professionals that participated!
By Mark Perlberg
March 11-15th was Forensic Accounting week at Baruch College. For the Hot Topics panel, host Charles Hwang asked questions to several experts working in various positions within the Forensic Accounting department of several firms. Guest presenters included AnnMarie Broughton and James Guberman of ParenteBeard, Jeffrey Baliban of Alvarez & Marsal, Justin Offen of PwC, Jay Dawdy from Gryphon Strategies, and Bob Glasser of Dempsey Partners. Graduate students learned about the different challenges, skillsets, and opportunities associated with this exciting field of work.
The group of accountants was asked about the daily life of a forensic accountant. There is no typical day for a forensic accountant, as he or she faces new surprises and assignments everyday. The panel discussed a wide variety of tasks for which they had been responsible in various locations. Mr. Offen explained how he may find himself driving to Connecticut one day, and then flying to London the next day. The work may include anything from reviewing old financial statements and e-mails to categorizing vaults of videotapes. Sometimes investigations are cancelled before a forensic accounting practice can complete its research and reach any conclusion.
Forensic accountants take on the typical responsibilities associated with running a business such as building and maintaining relationships, selling services, and managing employees. Forensic accountants collect money from clients, cold-call prospective clients, and market services. Mr. Glasser emphasized the importance of making the clients happy while catering to their needs.
The panel of accountants also advised the audience on how to develop and improve upon the hard and soft skills associated with the forensic accounting career field. Mr. Dawdy recommended taking a course in interviewing to improve one’s skills in connecting with and understanding the person being questioned. He also advised accountants to be critical of their own work: “Self-evaluation is important. I always see spots where I could have asked more questions.” Forensic accountants also must keep up to date in mathematics and computer skills, and learn as they work. Mr. Offen recounted that 90 percent of his education in forensic accounting was attained on the job. Identifying fraud requires tremendous experience and expertise, because most fraud is committed by skilled professionals who are well aware of the risks they take on and how to conceal evidence.
The guest presenters ended the panel with advice on how to enter the forensic accounting field, and what firms look for in candidates. To be successful in this field, one must demonstrate the right education, skillset, and mindset. Candidates being interviewed typically have adequate knowledge and training for the job, and are interviewed to see if their personalities and attitudes are fit for the position. Mr. Glasser looks for enthusiasm in candidates, and evaluates how comfortable they are in their own skin; he also judges people by looking into their eyes. Firms value candidates who are committed to excellence in their field and have taken the time to educate themselves about forensic accounting and firms in the field. In additional to technical expertise, firms value how one applies himself/herself on the job. Mr. Glasser evaluates employees on their efficiency and reliability: “[There are] three rules… get the job, get the job done right, and get the job done on time.”
By Cheng Lu
On Wednesday February 28th, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS), the Zicklin Graduate Tax Society (ZGTS), and Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) invited current graduate students to a candid round-table discussion about recruiting. The event consisted of both current Zicklin graduate students who have accepted internship and full-time offers from top accounting, and other students who are still in the job search. The former acted as mentors to provide career advice for the latter mentees, who were interested in learning more about the recruiting process.
After signing in on Thursday as a mentee, I was assigned to table four with mentor Joanna Sze and a second mentee. Joanna Sze is a second- semester MBA in Accountancy candidate at Zicklin. We started with brief introductions. Joanna informed us that she was currently working as a product controller at RBC (Royal Bank of Canada), and that she had accepted an offer from Grant Thornton for a summer internship during 2013. The first question we asked was where and how Joanna had applied to GT. She said that she applied to many job postings on Zicklin Career Link and through on-campus recruiting. She believed it was best not to limit oneself to these services, but to go on an expanded job search and apply to positions through the employers’ company websites as well. When asked to whom she reached out for advice and how useful was the networking activities at Baruch, Joanna believed she made the mistake of not attending enough recruiting events during her first semester. She recommended that all students attend the recruiting events on campus because many of her classmates found them to be a great way to meet professionals. By making oneself known to the recruiters, a student will be able to develop a professional network more effectively.
The next question we asked Joanna was about her interview at Grant Thornton. She went through two rounds of interviews at the firm: the first was on campus with a manager, and the second one took place at the firm. Joanna was surprised that the first interview was solely a conversation between the interviewer and herself. In the interview, the GT manager asked Joanna about her personal interests, experience in school, and current job. Joanna believes that students should prepare for the first-round interview by “knowing” themselves. In this way, she urged job candidates to review areas such as resume, reasons for leaving a previous job, going back to school, and specific interests in the firm and position applied for. The second interview took place at Grant Thornton, and her interviewers were a senior manager and a Human Resources specialist. Most of the questions asked were behavioral questions regarding her personality and work ethic. Here, again, she pointed out that the key is to know yourself and be yourself; interviewers are trying to get to know the job candidate; therefore, it’s important to be prepared with examples of prior performance that exhibit positive characteristics, such as stories from previous employment and academic experience.
After the completion of the mentoring session with Joanna, I joined in on an ongoing session between Ariana Huang and her mentee Hao Li. Ariana is an MS in Taxation student who has received a full-time offer from Ernst & Young, and is expecting to graduate this summer. Similar to Joanna’s experience with GT, Ariana also had two rounds of interviews with E & Y. During her first interview on campus, Ariana emphasized that she was interested in E & Y because of the firm’s culture, teamwork and career development opportunities. Ariana noted that during the second interview, every single item on her resume was open for scrutiny. She suggested that everyone take the time to schedule a resume review with an advisor at the Graduate Career Management Center (GCMC).
Finally, Ariana closed with things she did the day before each round of interviews. As Joanna emphasized, Ariana advised a job candidate to know your resume like “the back of your hand”, know your strengths and weaknesses, have a good night’s sleep the night before an interview, and always remember to breathe. You’d be surprised how effective that last one can be.
By Josh Ludwig
On Wednesday February 20th, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS) hosted representatives of Grant Thornton at Baruch College in a presentation primarily about resume writing and interview preparation. Representatives included University Recruiter Carly Reiner and advisory professionals Kristina Vienni, Ketan Zaveri, and Jahrein Brown; ZGAS Co-VP of Event Plannings Shamisa Zvoma moderated the event. All four GT representatives emphasized the importance of writing a good resume, since the document is the interviewer’s first impression of the candidate. Ms. Reiner advised job candidates to reach out to multiple people for help in editing and polishing their resumes.
Ms. Reiner discussed interviewing in extensive detail as well. According to her, an interview is about selling your talents and answering questions honestly. A candidate should identify challenges that he/she has faced. In the process of behavioral interviewing, there is also a focus on demonstrating traits of the interview candidate. Ms. Reiner discussed the importance of body language during the interview, including walking slowly to and from the interview chair, sitting up straight, and maintaining appropriate eye contact with the interviewer.
Ms. Reiner advised that, at the end of the interview, the candidate shouldn’t say that he/she has no questions for the interviewer. An example of a good question she gave was, “Why did you choose this job?”; an example of a bad question to ask the interviewer was simply, “Do you like working here?”. Mr. Zaveri suggested that the candidate ask questions that cannot be answered by consulting the firm’s website. Ms. Reiner, Ms. Vienni, and Mr. Zaveri also stressed the importance of writing a thank you note to each interviewer after an interview. The thank you notes should touch upon some specific things that refer to the previous conversation(s) between the candidate and the interviewers; they should look sincere.
During the question and answer session, students submitted various inquiries about the interview process and the advisory business. In response to a question about how to justify wanting to leave a current job in an interview with Grant Thornton, Mr. Zaveri advised that the student explain how the position at GT would be different from his current one. Another student asked a general question about what skills GT is looking for. Mr. Zaveri said that he tries to determine how a candidate will approach the job. In the context of the firm’s advisory business, he emphasized the importance of communication; a candidate’s behavior in an interview may indicate how the candidate will behave when facing clients. Finally, Mr. Zaveri noted the 3.0 GPA requirement for GT’s entry-level advisory positions. Ms. Vienni added that the advisory business focuses on projects, and interviewers for advisory positions prefer candidates who work well with teams.
Mr. Brown answered other questions about the responsibilities of an associate, how to stand out in an interview, and how to understand the greater advisory business. Mr. Brown explained that an audit associate learns from a senior associate (or “senior”) how to be a professional and perform an audit, contact clients, gather pertinent documentation, and run tests. On the other hand, associates in advisory usually provide services more depending upon the professionals’ background and interests. Regarding how to stand out in an interview, he advised candidates to search the firm website and find subtle, intellectual points about GT or its business lines that others might not find or pick up. When discussing advisory in general as a business, he stressed its difference from consulting. While advisory has a consulting component, it focuses more on compliance issues and has a wide variety of applications.
Contributing Writer: Yufei Yang
By Josh Ludwig
On November 15th, four financial services professionals visited Baruch to participate in a panel to address the growing practice of advisory services. The subject was approached from both advisory and risk management perspectives, as the panelists came from different areas of several Big-4 accounting firms and a multinational banking institution. Our panelists included: Daniela Boateng, Director in Risk Assurance at PwC; Molly Kohrs, Senior Associate in Regulatory Compliance at KPMG; Sakyi Oduro, Senior Consultant in Business Risk, Internal Audit Transformation (IAT) at Deloitte; Kim Persaud, Senior Vice President in Risk Architecture at Citigroup. The panel discussion was moderated by ZGAS Executive Board member and Vice President of Marketing Kat Sobotka.
The four panelists discussed the nature of job responsibilities for advisory professionals in both an accounting firm and a bank. Ms. Boateng emphasized that, as an advisory professional in a Process Assurance unit, she can only recommend solutions for the client and may not necessarily fix their problems. Mr. Oduro expressed the idea that advisory professionals need to learn to think out-of-the-box in addition to having a purely rules or regulation-based perspective when approaching client issues; his goal at Deloitte is to identify key risk issues, and how they affect a business and the accounts involved. As a Citigroup risk professional, Ms. Persaud agreed with Mr. Oduro that this notion also holds true in the banking industry; she also said that it is necessary to always “think about [a given] economic transaction and where the risk lies.” In banking, advisory services often revolve around thinking about how to view credit. The aim is to “know how to anticipate where the problem will be. Often, there are a range of solutions.”
Another primary topic discussed at the panel was how firm advisory services deal directly with the issue of risk. Ms. Boateng underscored the difference between financial and audit risk classification at PwC; Ms. Persaud pointed out that she must always consider a wide range of risk including that related to credit, the market, operations, politics, national sovereignty, reputation, and the franchise. Ms. Persaud briefly touched upon stress testing as a measure that Citigroup (and other banks) have taken to control for risk. When conducting an assessment, Ms. Persaud emphasized that “You must [always] ask another question.” At PwC, Ms. Boateng revealed that she and other advisory professionals also must take into account which regulator they are working under as well: “Some regulators are more aggressive than others” in their enforcement and supervision.
The four panelists also commented on how to be successful and get ahead in advisory services. Mr. Oduro pointed out that communication skills are important. Ms. Kohrs emphasized the “soft skills” valued by her firm; she said that advisory professionals are “open to doing new and different things.” Ms. Boateng pointed out that one’s “background will not determine where you” end up in advisory services. She said that, unlike in the role of auditing that involves working with specific rules and templates, “you learn as you go in advisory…the desire to be a subject-matter expert” is necessary. Similarly, when asked about the potential for external auditors to move into advisory services, Ms. Kohrs advised that such individuals “know their industry” before attempting the switch. When asked to distill her role as an advisory professional at Citigroup, Ms. Persaud also spoke of her experience as “becoming a subject-matter expert.”
At the end of the panel discussion, the four professionals weighed in on the future of advisory services at their respective firms and industries. Ms. Kohrs acknowledged that KPMG had spun off its advisory services under pressure from the SEC after the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, but was now “ramping up” these services again. She highlighted the synergies between information technology advisory and audit services at KPMG with regard to the positive outlook for advisory services in general. Ms. Persaud discussed how the regulatory uncertainty facing Citigroup provides an opportunity for advisory services. Mr. Oduro identified the ongoing “huge growth” experienced by Deloitte’s advisory services, but acknowledged that increased regulatory scrutiny coupled with economic uncertainty creates both enormous opportunity as well as a “huge question mark.” Ms. Boateng was also confident that PwC’s advisory practice would continue to grow in the years ahead. She contrasted her firm’s advisory practice with top consulting firms like McKinsey and Oliver & Wyman, and demonstrated that these latter firms don’t “fill” the same “niche”: “clients need” PwC advisory services in order to “to understand and think like a regulator.”
On November 8, 2012, Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society hosted the Mixer Event for the general Graduate Baruch Students. This was a fantastic event that allowed graduate students of Baruch College to meet with ZGAS board and officers.
The highlight of the event was the bingo sheet that pushed individuals to network. People had to associate each category and find which themes matched the person they spoke with. I have to confess that I used the same individuals on my card for multiple categories, more than allowed. In my defense, my sheet was nearly impossible to complete.
The event was very successful and had more attendants than expected. Many of the ZGAS board and officers were able to meet new people, including myself. Hopefully, we may all follow up and maintain these new relationships with the people we have met.
If you want to be a part of something truly great, I can think of no other organization better than the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society. The organization truly allow individuals to be exposed to unlimited amount of opportunities to meet great people.
I would like to end by thanking everyone who attended and helped the event.
-By Andrew Yee
By Stephanie Zilberman
On October 23, 2012 ZGAS co-hosted the Deloitte Information Session, which was a great learning experience for everyone in attendance. There were several employees representing the tax, audit, and advisory groups, as well as the head recruiter Julie Abramson, who spoke and gave insight on their experiences.
The highlight of the session was Baruch alum Patrick Henry who is an audit partner and has worked for Deloitte for over twenty years. Mr. Henry quickly eased the fears of many students in the room, who are eagerly looking for a job, by explaining how Baruch is a great training ground for the auditing profession. As commuter students, we constantly are on the move from work to school to home, which is an invaluable practice for a busy schedule when we will travel to client sites as an auditor. He also charismatically spoke about his seven years abroad while he worked for Deloitte in Hong Kong and how to cope with the daily stress and joys of an accounting career.
Both Mr. Henry and the other associates relayed that Deloitte University in Texas is truly valuable in training for soft and technical skills to get you started at your career at Deloitte. In fact, all Deloitte employees receive yearly training to keep them updated and at the top of their field with training that corresponds to their current position. Mr. Henry’s last piece of advice was to always stay humble and have integrity, which is clearly necessary, in accounting where you will be crosschecking other people’s work.
If you are interested in working at Deloitte or in the accounting field, I highly recommend attending Deloitte’s next information session or any other of the ZGAS hosted events. These are key events that will keep you well informed about the various companies you may have interviews with and, are great networking opportunities with both fellow students and accounting professionals.