Fifth annual accounting networking breakfast welcomed dozens of students and firms to make career connections.
The College of Business, the Stony Brook Accounting Society and the Stony Brook University Career Center recently hosted the 5th Annual Accounting Firm and Student Networking Breakfast on September 26 in the Student Activities Center Ballroom. This event kicks off the accounting recruiting season, where more than 70 students met with potential employers to discuss careers, including internship and full-time positions, as well as mentoring opportunities. Nearly 30 accounting organizations joined the event, including "Big 4" firms as well as firms of all sizes.
This event, now in its fifth year, is designed for students who are progressing towards being qualified to sit for the New York State CPA exam. These students may be undergraduate students enrolled in the Accounting Minor, MS in Accounting Program, or MBA in Accounting Program. Students interested in attending the event must attend pre-event workshops, have their resume reviewed by the Career Center, and dress in business attire.
Firms in attendance were able to network with students over breakfast, give a short presentation on their firm, and set up a tabletop display for continued networking with students. Several College of Business Accounting faculty and staff, as well as representatives from the Career Center, were also in attendance. This year's event welcomed many COB alumni as well who are now working at area firms.
"This is a must-attend event for students serious about a career in accounting. Year-after-year we see students making that first connection which turns into an internship, and subsequently a full-time job after graduation," says Professor Christie Comunale, who teaches accounting and advises the Accounting Society.