On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Accounting and Business Society held its annual alumni event with a panel discussion and an evening of networking. Each year, the Society welcomes graduates back to campus to discuss their careers, share their experiences at the University, and offer insight into life after graduation for students in the undergraduate Accounting and Management programs.
After dinner, panelists – ranging from recent graduates to professionals who have worked in their fields for 25 years – shared their individual stories and the lessons they have learned over the course of their careers. From encouraging students to never stop asking questions in the field and dressing for the job they want to utilizing the University’s alumni network to seek out mentors, the panelists offered valuable advice.
“The alumni event has a real-life benefit for current students,” said Kemche Michalic ’20, Accounting President. “They donate their valuable time to offer career support to students, which enhances the students’ experience and gives them that competitive edge in today’s tough job market. We learned so much from them.”
The panelists for the evening, who serve in a variety of positions in the accounting and business world, work for companies such as Blum Shapiro, Hartford Steam Boiler, New York Life, and Wells Fargo. By meeting and networking with these professionals, students were able to create connections that can prove integral to their future success.
“We do this every year with the intent of making certain that we allow our current students to meet with alums and continue this tradition where they help each other, because alums often hire our students as interns,” said Steven Jarett, MPA, CPA, chair and associate professor of Business Administration. “It also gives our students a chance to start networking and setting up those future opportunities. Our alums have done so well and it’s amazing how they are so willing to hire our students.”
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