Boot Camp- with a Fisher Twist

The Fisher MAcc class of 2012 had a great opportunity to meet with professionals from the worlds of public accounting, private industry, and governmental agencies on Tuesday, September 20.  Fisher’s MAcc Career Boot Camp- now in its seventh year- allowed us to interact with recent Fisher alumni, recruiters from perspective employers, and hear insight from Mr. Max Carrier, Southwest Area Managing Partner for KPMG.  I’d like to share some of the exciting insights I took from the experience.

1.  There is high demand for accounting professionals

Representatives from several public accounting firms (PWC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Crowe Horwath, Schneider Downs, Plante Moran, and Clark Schaeffer & Hacket all  participated) expressed confidence that 2011-2012 would be strong recruiting seasons, with one professional noting that campus hiring could reach levels this year not seen since before the 2008-2009 economic downturn.  Mr. Carrier of KPMG explained how the possibility of increased regulations on businesses and possible tax reforms could further increase the demand for well trained accounting professionals.

2.  The Fisher College has connections with excellent companies in diverse industries

Representatives from Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Eaton, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Abercrombie & Fitch, JP Morgan, and Limited Brands.   Some of these programs offer leadership development programs that allow associates to complete multiple six month or one year rotations in areas ranging from tax and cost accounting to business analyst roles and business development projects.  Internal audit positions also offer excellent opportunities for employees to further develop their accounting skills and sharpen their knowledge of a particular company and industry.  For students interested in accounting, but are considering options other than public accounting, the City of Columbus and State of Ohio certainly provide great options.

3. There are simple things candidates can do to enhance our career search.

Our panel guests highlighted several simple things candidates can do to have a more effective and gainful experience while searching for the right career fit.   First, take advantage of the opportunities your university provides to interact with employers. Ohio State does an excellent job of providing opportunities for us to connect with various employers through dinners, social events, and other meet-and-greet events.  I’ve particularly enjoyed networking with alumni of the MAcc program at these events, and there advice has helped me to find coursework that suits my interests, discover some of the best restaurants in town, and even devise strategies for parking near campus at OSU (no small feat) .  Second, seek to narrow down one or two specific regions we’d like to work in and the type of work we’d be interested in pursuing.  It can be tough for recruiters to refer students who would “like to work anywhere,” due to the regional nature of recruiting.

The Fisher Career Boot Camp was an excellent opportunity for us to learn about all of the career opportunities available in the accounting field, learn about industry trends from professionals, and to learn more about the Fisher College’s resources.  I’d like to thank Mr. Steve Singer and the Office of Career Management for hosting the event for us.


MAcc Students at The Shoe- Thanks to Rachel Rutledge for the photo