On September 18, 2018, the IUP
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s Student Accounting
Association, in collaboration with the IUP Career and Professional
Development Center, held their annual SAA Career Day at the Rustic Lodge in
Indiana, Pennsylvania. The event attracted a record number of
organizations recruiting at the event—38 in total, which was one more than
the previous record set in 2016.
Career Day is a career fair geared toward accounting majors.
Finance majors were also invited to attend.
This year’s event attracted 78 professionals (most of whom
were IUP accounting alumni) from 38 organizations who were interested in
talking to accounting majors (and, in some cases, finance majors) about summer
leadership programs, summer internships, permanent positions, graduate school,
CPA exam review courses, and membership in professional accounting
associations. A total of 123 IUP students took advantage of this opportunity to
network with employers and to learn more about the accounting profession. In
addition, 69 accounting students from surrounding universities participated.
Companies represented included 17 public accounting firms, four
banks, five government agencies, four graduate schools, two accounting
professional associations, an executive search firm, two CPA review companies, and
three health care companies.
First-time participant Eileen Peters, human capital
manager with G-Squared Partners, was very impressed with the SAA Career Day.
She said, “It was by far the best and most successful
career fair I have attended so far this year! We will be back. I am looking
forward to seeing many of your seniors again at our offices for interviews.” G-Squared Partners provides part-time CFO services and
financial and strategic consulting to venture backed and emerging growth
companies in the greater Philadelphia Area.
The SAA’s Career Day 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.
Accounting and safety sciences are the only majors on campus that host their own
career fair every year.
In addition to the 78 professionals, 65 accounting majors
and 18 IUP faculty and administrators attended the lunch held at the Rustic
Lodge. Each student was seated at a table with three to five accounting
Jordan Schofield, SAA Career Day co-chair, welcomed everyone
before the buffet lunch. Following the lunch, SAA Career Day co-chair Kobi
Eberly spoke about the SAA’s mission and the importance of accounting majors
being involved in the SAA. He also recognized the efforts of Jan Shellenbarger
of IUP’s Career and Professional Development Center, and Kim Anderson, the SAA
faculty advisor, for their help in organizing the event. Shellenbarger and
Anderson worked closely with the SAA vice president, Laria Moore, and the SAA
Career Day co-chairs, Eberly and Schofield, to make this year’s SAA Career Day
one of the best ever.
The lunch program continued with SAA field trip chair Kelly
Kumetis, who thanked the IUP Accounting Department faculty and IUP administrators
in attendance for their support. She introduced Robert Camp, dean of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. Camp thanked the group for their attendance and indicated
how proud he was of the SAA, which he described as “the most active student
organization on campus.”
Next, SAA vice
president Laria Moore introduced the keynote speaker, Jacob Breakstone, a 2015
IUP accounting alumnus. Breakstone graduated with a
dual baccalaureate degree in accounting and finance. He was heavily involved in
the SAA, serving as the 2012 resume book chair, the 2013 vice president, and
the 2014 Recognition Dinner chair. He interned with BKD in their Pittsburgh office and joined them as
an audit associate after he graduated. In November, he joined Sisterson &
Company in Pittsburgh as an associate in their consulting practice.
Breakstone spoke about how much the SAA helped shape
his career. Without his involvement in the SAA, Breakstone did not believe that
he would have gotten the networking experience he needed to land a job in
public accounting. He emphasized how grateful he is for the connections he was
able to forge while involved in the SAA and how important it is for students to
take advantage of events like the career fair.
SAA president Anthony Maticic concluded the lunch by
thanking everyone for participating in this important event for IUP accounting