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.