Students Explore the Accounting Industry at the 2015 Accounting Expo

Panelists discuss the accounting industry at the Accounting Expo, Sept. 16, 2015.

Panelists discuss the accounting industry at the Accounting Expo, Sept. 16, 2015.

More than 650 students attended the Accounting Expo on Sept. 16, featuring panel discussions on the industry and advice from professionals.

According to the 2015 Salary Guide, managers are actively seeking accounting and finance professionals who can analyze information, come up with smart business strategies, identify trends, make solid merger and acquisition decisions, increase company efficiency and control costs. Compensation for accounting positions can be substantial. According to Accounting Web, starting salaries are expected to grow by 3.5% in 2015. Average incomes already stretch into the six figures for some positions.

On Sept. 16, more than 650 Mihaylo students attended the Accounting Expo, sponsored by the  Department of Accounting and Mihaylo Career Services. The four-hour event featured a discussion with public accounting executives, résumé and interview preparation advice from professional recruiters and a review of careers in non-public accounting.

Panelists brought a professional perspective from such firms as EY, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, Moss Adams, White Neslon Diehl Evans, McGladrey, HCVT, and representatives from various government agencies.

“The event is unique in that it gives students the chance to hear from both industry partners and recruiters,” says Vicky McLeod, department of accounting coordinator. “The event was attended by many international students, who had the opportunity to hear from industry leaders about the diverse opportunities available.”

“This was a collaborative effort to help students interested in the accounting profession hear from panelists to gain perspectives on working in that industry,” Hema Paliwal, senior employer relations associate at Mihaylo Career Services, says. “It was a tremendous success with demand above capacity.”

For more on the Department of Accounting, visit their office at SGMH 4313 or online. The department provides information on both undergraduate and graduate accounting degree programs, hosts periodic industry and networking events and provides career-path advising.

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