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Career Fairs & Networking Expos
“The Next Step” - A Workshop for Those Seeking Their First Position
Thursday, April 11, 2013 I 4:00-7:00pm
PwC, 125 High Street, Boston, MA
This special workshop, organized by the MSCPA and hosted by PwC, focused on how to build a network and prepare for a Career Fair/Job Interview. Approximately 45 students learned through discussion and interactive exercises how to create a stronger online presence and develop skills to feel confident at a networking event. They also had an opportunity to get the answers to their burning questions from a panel of recruiters who shared their thoughts about what makes a favorable and not so favorable impression during an interview. The evening concluded with networking over refreshments provided by PwC.
Special thanks to PwC for hosting the event and the following individuals who contributed to its success:
Michelle Allen, CPA, Northeast Campus Sourcing Leader – PwC
Annie Boudreau, CPA, Audit Manager – Grant Thornton LLP
Laura Feeley, Campus Recruiter – Ernst & Young LLP
Michael Feeley, CPA, HR Manager – StoneTurn Group
Richard O’Connor, CPA, Partner – Johnson, O’Connor, Feron & Carucci LLP
Gillian Orsburn, PHR, Campus Recruiting – PwC
Kerry Stakem, Northeast Market Sourcing Leader – PwC
Ann Ulett, Campus Recruiting Manager – PwC
Kristin Warren,Campus Recruiting Specialist – Deloitte LLP
Breaking the Cultural Barrier - a Workshop for International Students
Thursday, November 29, 2012 I 4:00-7:00pm
"Breaking the Cultural Barrier - a Workshop for International Students" took place on Thursday, November 29 at KPMG in Boston. The program focused on skills and techniques to help the international student begin a career in accounting.
The workshop's facilitator Dave Clarkson, of McGladrey, started off the night by welcoming the 54 student members in attendance and introducing Attorney Kevin R. McNamara, of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLC. McNamara delved into immigration law and obstacles international students face to gain visa status to work in the U.S.
Ann Ulett, campus recruiting manager at PwC, followed with an interactive presentation on business etiquette, effective communication, networking and career fair tips. She emphasized how students could make themselves more desirable to employers and common mistakes to avoid.
The formal program concluded with a panel of former international students, now accounting professionals, who discussed the unique challenges in adapting the U.S. work culture. Ning Luo, CPA of Dunkin Brands, Francisco Oliveira, CPA, of PwC and Wendy Tenkodogo of Daniel Dennis & Company, LLP spoke about their personal journeys, the obstacles they overcame, and answered student's questions. Pauline Mak, CPA, partner at KPMG and past president of New England Ascend, moderated the discussion.
A reception with refreshments, compliments of KPMG, followed giving the students giving the students an opportunity to practice their newly-acquired networking skills.
One workshop participant shared this comment: "I gained confidence by knowing that I'm not the only one who is having some problems while adapting to a new culture. Those problems are common among international students and I'm on the right track to overcome them!"
Thank you to KPMG for hosting the event and sponsoring the reception.
MSCPA Career Fair/Graduate School Expo
The MSCPA held its annual Fall Career Fair/Graduate School Expo on Tuesday, October 16th at the Sheraton Copley. Approximately 200 accounting career seekers met with employers from small, mid-size and international firms as well as with reps from nine graduate schools.
Students were provided with an e-booklet prior to the event that detailed the position openings at each firm which enabled them to tailor their job search. As an added member benefit, the first hour of the career fair was made exclusive for MSCPA student members giving them the first crack at recruiters.
Exhibitors and job seekers expressed positive experiences. "I thought that the career fair was really well done. The early entry for MSCPA member really helped me get a head start talking to recruiters. I received 5 invitations to interview within the first 3 days following the career fair, and then 3 more invitations to interview in the weeks that followed. I had applied to many of these firms online previously and I either received no response or was rejected, so the career fair really helped me establish connections with these firms. In the end I got just the offer that I was looking for and I'm really excited. Thank you so much for all your hard work! Becoming a member of the MSCPA was probably the best thing, aside from going to school, that I have done to move my career forward."-Eric Pinsoneault, student member, UMass Boston
The Society would like to thank all of the firms, graduate schools and jobseekers who attended the event. A special thanks to the patron sponsors: Abrams Little-Gille Loberfeld PC, Anstiss & Co and Babson.
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