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
Congratulations and welcome to the new MBA and MS students!
Here are some useful bits of advice on how to approach the fall semester aka ‘Recruiting Season’:
Everything is new and you are now getting your bearings with the new environment and the school work but there is one important place you need to familiarize yourself with as soon as possible – the Graduate Career Management Center. It is on the 8th floor of the Library Building. Here you have access to career information and training through their experienced career advisors. I personally think it is one of the best places on campus. Visit the GCMC today!
If you are looking for an internship or full-time offer for next year there is one thing you need to do right now - get eligible for ‘On Campus Recruiting’ (OCR)! Don’t wait for later on in the semester to begin the process. Visit the Graduate Career Management Center now for more on how to become OCR eligible.
This semester is the most hectic period of the academic year. Get organized now – have the dates of all the information sessions, club events and classes clearly marked off on your calendar early. Being organized will help you to manage all that will be on your plate during the semester.
For those who are attending school part-time, my advice to you is to be strategic. Unfortunately many of the information sessions and club events take place during the day. However, I encourage you to look at the upcoming events and identify those that you are most interested in and would be most beneficial to you. Once you have done this you can strategically manage your time to be at these events. In doing this you will be maximizing the recruiting season in the best way you can.
It is interesting to note that recruiters for many structured summer internship programs, particularly those of the Big Four Accounting Firms, look for students whose program of study will end within 2 years. These students will only have one summer before they graduate in which to get an internship so it’s best to act quickly. If you are now starting your program and expect to graduate in more than 2 years' time then you have a great opportunity to observe this semester's recruiting activities. Go to the information sessions to learn about the firms, practice your personal pitch at networking events and interviewing skills with the GCMC advisors etc. Take this time to learn and practice as much as you can. This will serve as a means of preparation for your recruiting season the following academic year.
If you have more than one summer ahead of you before you graduate and are thinking of applying for an internship through OCR, please keep in mind the following: you can only participate in OCR a limited number of times; once for internships (if you accept a position), and only once again for full time offers. Speak to an advisor at the GCMC for more information and read their page on OCR for requirements and restrictions on participation.
Graduate Career Management Center (for all varieties of advising and OCR information):
Zicklin Career Link (to view job and internship postings):
Hello ZGAS Members,