End of Fall Recruiting Season

It’s not even the end of fall quarter and many MAcc students are already celebrating the end of recruiting season. Recruiting season started on the very first day of orientation, with a special reception held at the ‘Shoe (OSU’s Football Stadium) at which students had the opportunity to mix and mingle with recruiters and employees of the Big 4 public accounting firms and other regional and local companies. This event was followed by weeks of meet-and-greets, info sessions, pre-nights, first-round interviews on campus, and finally, second-round office interviews in the city where they would be working.

Throughout the first half of the quarter, students had to balance all these different recruiting events on top of a demanding course load and other extracurricular obligations. It was very important to make sure to put in enough face time to get noticed by the target companies. The first major milestones are first round interviews, which all take place within a week of each other. You know it is interview week when your peers come to class in their business suits and fidget nervously with their portfolios in preparation for the 30-minute interview with a recruiter or a partner of the firm. From there comes the sometimes-agonizing wait to hear whether or not you were selected to move on in the process with a second-round interview. Second rounds present another set of hurdles –scheduling travel arrangements to places as far as New York and San Francisco and making sure you don’t miss too much class time as a result.

Within a couple of weeks, the last of the second-round interviews will be over, and many students will go home for Thanksgiving with the knowledge that they have secured a job for next fall.  All of this recruiting finishes up just in time to spend a few relaxing days at home with family and friends, only to come back at the end of November and start studying for finals! There is always something on the horizon. For those students who were not lucky enough to land a job this fall, there will be many more opportunities in the coming months to find something that appeals to them. All of this speaks to the strength of Fisher’s recruiting program: it was one of the main reasons I chose to come to Fisher. To see just how successful MAcc students have been at landing jobs before graduating, take a look at this statistics page.

OSU MAcc Program: Non-Accounting Majors Welcome

When I first applied for the Master of Accounting program last fall, I had only ever taken one accounting class in my entire life. Many graduate accounting programs require multiple prerequisites for entry, so if you are a non-accounting major like myself, it is often difficult to gain access to some of the most selective programs. Ohio State offers a unique 3-week intensive program called the Pre-MAcc Seminar  that allows people to take three intermediate accounting courses in three weeks, thus satisfying most of the prerequisites for the MAcc program. If that sounds intense, that’s because it was – we met for eight hours a day, with lectures in the morning and TA sessions in the afternoon.  We even had to come to class on Saturdays, twice during the preseason football games! (*I have been told that future students will not have to suffer this injustice, because the program will be held a few weeks earlier next year, since OSU is changing from quarters to semesters.*)

In just thirteen classes, we covered a year’s worth of intermediate accounting. You may be saying to yourself “it’s not possible to learn a year’s worth of accounting in that amount of time” but it really wasn’t so bad. Sure, we were living, sleeping, and breathing accounting, but in the end we all surprised ourselves with how much we were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. But really, there was no question about whether or not we would make it. We all came into the Pre-MAcc with a great passion for accounting, and we knew that we would have to work hard in order to make it through to the MAcc program. Many of my colleagues in the MAcc program have said they wished they had done the Pre-MAcc just as a refresher. I highly recommend it, whether it be as a reminder of what you have learned for the past four years, or a crash course in your future, the Pre-MAcc seminar is a rewarding experience that more than prepares you for the transition to grad school and the MAcc program. More information about this past year’s program can be found here.