For accounting majors, recruiting season is a relentless stream of career fairs, panels, and information sessions. Somewhere between the PowerPoint presentations, the mad dashes to corner recruiters, and the follow-up e-mails, it is easy to lose sight of the essence of the job hunt and, ultimately, the interview. Last Friday, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society's Mentor-Mentee event reminded participants that the recruiting process is as much about finding people you will enjoy working with as it is about finding a firm that will hire you.
First-year graduate students and professionals from a host of firms, including KPGM, Deloitte, E&Y, McGladrey, Grant Thornton, EisnerAmper, and ParenteBeard, had an opportunity to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere over dinner. Candid discussions and informal conversations provided a refreshing change from the rushed Q&As with associates, managers, and partners we have all experienced at typical recruiting events.
After dinner, students and professionals met one-on-one for twenty-five-minute mentoring sessions. The pairs discussed everything from resumes, interviews, and job-search strategy to "what's it really like to work at ______?"
However, conversations were still going when the twenty-five minutes were up. Many continued well into the night over drinks at local watering holes.
If you weren't able to attend Friday's event, don't despair! Informational interviews are a great way to build mentoring relationships with professionals who have the jobs you want! Reach out via e-mail, LinkedIn, or a friend of a friend.
Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for information about the ZGAS Mock Interview event, a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with professionals again in the Spring semester.
Thank you to all the mentors and mentees who participated and good luck this recruiting season!
By Harlow Loch Ramirez
Photo by Angela Li