Accounting Career Day Sets New Records

Posted on 10/21/2016 10:57:26 AM

Students in suits talk to employers at Accounting Career Day 2016.

On September 21, 2016, the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s Student Accounting Association, in collaboration with the IUP Career and Professional Development Center, held its annual Accounting Career Day at the Kovalchick Complex. The event attracted a record number of organizations recruiting at the event—37 in total, which was five more than the previous record set last year. The Career Day lunch also set new attendance records with 188 total participants, including 83 IUP accounting majors, 14 IUP faculty and administrators, and 91 accounting professionals.

Companies represented included 16 public accounting firms, five banks, four government agencies, three MBA programs, three executive search firms, two accounting professional associations, two insurance companies, a CPA review company, and a large pharmaceutical company. Accounting and Safety Sciences are the only departments on campus that host their own career fairs.

The Accounting Career Fair is organized into three segments: a two-hour morning session open only to IUP students, a 90-minute buffet-style lunch, and a two-hour afternoon session open to both IUP students and accounting students from surrounding universities. The SAA prepared a resume book for the recruiters which included over 90 IUP accounting majors’ resumes. Students were able to talk directly with recruiters about various opportunities, including summer leadership programs, internships, and positions for permanent employment.

Career Day Cochair Brittany Spitzer opened the lunch by introducing Robert Camp, dean of the Eberly College of Business. Camp complimented the Department of Accounting for its accomplishments and its many outstanding alumni. He mentioned several of these alumni, including Susan Cosper, the Financial Accounting Standards Board technical director, and Ted Young, one of the top partners nationally with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He also extended a thank-you to the students for “extending the legacy at IUP.”

Following Camp’s remarks, Quinn Cunningham thanked the IUP Accounting Department faculty members and administrators in attendance for their support. Sarah Zbur introduced the keynote speaker, Catlin Hornyak, a 2016 IUP accounting alumna. Hornyak is currently an associate with Schneider Downs, the fourth-largest public accounting firm in Pittsburgh.

Hornyak spoke about the importance of her involvement in student organizations while at IUP, particularly her leadership roles in the SAA, which is advised by professor Kim Anderson, who helped bring employers to the career day. Hornyak’s involvement in the SAA eventually led her to her current position with Schneider Downs. She encouraged students to “use your time here to find what you want to do with your degree.”

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