What did you do on April 30th, 2015? On this day, there were numerous events occurring at Baruch College. Early in the morning, there was “Mentor for a Morning” hosted by Executives on Campus (EOC); and during club hours, there was Accounting Careerfest 2015, which was hosted by three accounting clubs - Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS), Zicklin Graduate Tax Society (ZTAX), and Graduate Beta Alpha Psi. Below is a recap of my experiences from these events.
In Mentor for a Morning, I was lucky to meet with Allen J. Zabusky, Managing Director of AXA. He was a very humble gentleman and shared his life and work experiences with me. Allen graduated from Baruch College and returned to school as an alumnus to help students grow. Having nine years of experience at KPMG, three years as VP of Finance at Merrill Lynch, and experience as a Controller and now Managing Director, Allen told me, “Never get yourself too comfortable; if you are, you will become bored and sloppy.” He also shared ways to improve yourself and said to ask yourself the following three questions: 1) Do you learn something every day? 2) Do you felt like you drag yourself going to work every day? 3) Where do you see yourself in two years and five years?
After my meeting with Mr. Zabusky, I was very fortunate to meet with Miriam Silverberg, President of Miriam Silverberg Associates (Publicity). The first thing she shared with me—In U.S., if you want to get a good job, you need to master English well. She provided a number of ways for me to improve my English skills. She quoted to me, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression to anyone,” which is very true and it is something we all have to work on. Also, she told me whenever you have crisis, do not lie. It is much easier to tell the truth so you do not need to remember what you said.
The third person I met with was an old friend, Anupama Ragharan, who is a Senior Manager at EY. She was very personable when sharing what her experiences. She mentioned that employees are looking for strong skillsets and a positive attitude.
After Mentor for a Morning, I took part in CareerFest 2015. As a board member, I was able to see all the hard work and dedication put towards the planning and execution of this event. This event provided opportunities for students to engage in discussion with professionals through mentoring sessions and mock interviews. I met with Charles Zhang from Grant Thornton and Defei Yu from Friedman. Both of them provided advice to face everything with a positive attitude, which is essential to survive in the public accounting world. Regardless of whatever happens in life, you should be able to learn from your experiences. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
After a five minutes break, I meet with David Kaplan, financial service Tax Manager from KPMG, who was the former President of ZGAS. Once again, he was another alumnus to come back to school to share his experiences.
Later in the day, I spent most of my time to networking with peers, who will be the future leaders of the accounting industry. We should cherish every single moment to network.
It was an honor to be part of CareerFest and I look forward to the next event in school. You should consider joining a club at Baruch so you can experience the rewarding feelings of planning and taking part in a successful event, such as CareerFest.
Life is tough, but it can be more beautiful than you can imagine. I hope you can learn from my experiences and take advantage of every opportunity to network.
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