Posted by: Meghan Orner
The cool, breezy weather of fall is not the only season we are experiencing here at the Mount. Along with the nice change in the weather comes Accounting Season. The Mount has been the host of several events over the past several weeks that have provided students majoring in accounting the opportunity to network and achieve an internship or job opportunity with several accounting firms in the area.
A few weeks ago, the Career Center held its annual Accounting Evening event where approximately twenty local accounting firms came to the Mount. Studentswere able to talk and explore various employment opportunities at those firms. Resumes were exchanged and connections were made, but that was only the first step. Most of those accounting firms who attended the Accounting Evening will be right here in the Career Center throughout the next several weeks. Students will be coming into the Career Center to attend interviews with these accounting firms in hopes of achieving a job or an internship with a specific firm. Professor John Sherwin, who teachers several accounting classes here at the Mount, believes this is a great opportunity for all students majoring in accounting: "Internships allow the accounting student to integrate the classroom theory to real-life experiences. It has numerous benefits to the accounting student including exploring the potential career field they have chosen and seeing for themselves whether or not this is the career path they want."
Local accounting firms have been attending the Accounting Evening for several years now. So what makes them keep coming back to the Mount? According to Britney Garver of McGladrey LLC, there is always a good selection of students to pick from here at the Mount: "When I look at Mount alumni, it spans all the way up to our partner group so I feel like we’ve had a really good relationship with the Mount.I think we’ve always had connections and touch points, and over probably the last ten years, we’ve had more opportunities to get out on campus."
Even students agree that this is a great opportunity for them. Benjamin McNamee, a junior who is majoring in Accounting with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, believes that the Mount has definitely prepared him for future internship and employment opportunities:"I found it to be extremely helpful that the career center sponsors the accounting event for accounting students such as myself. Without this event it would be harder and much more time consuming to look for firms and other entities that are looking for accounting students."
The Career Center wishes all of the accounting firms and students the best of luck as they continue in another accounting season, and the Career Center looks forward to assisting students throughout the year with events for all the other majors and fields the Mount offers!