Something a lot of students stress about while in school is finding a job and I am here to tell you it can be done! The MAcc program here at OSU does a lot to help students have the best opportunity to find the job they want. I asked fellow MAcc student Cinara about her experience during recruiting season in the MAcc program and here are her responses:
Explain a little how the recruiting process work in the MAcc program.
The recruiting process in the MAcc program is very easy if you are pursuing a career in public accounting. There are also many opportunities to pursue a career in industry or government, but I did not pursue them. During the first seven weeks of the semester, you will have the opportunity to meet with national and regional firms. It’s important to attend all of the events and to meet as many people as you can. During the networking period, you will work on finalizing your resume and submitting applications. Most first round interviews are on campus and subsequent ones can be on campus, at the employer’s office, or virtual. From the first interview to receiving an offer, the entire process takes about 2–3 weeks. Most people receive offers around mid-October
How did you manage classes and interviews?
Though it is manageable, I would not underestimate the time that is consumed by the recruitment process. Remember that this will hopefully result in a job, so it takes a lot of time and effort. The first seven weeks will be the busiest between classes and recruitment/networking events, so try to keep your schedule light. I took four classes during the first seven weeks and five classes during the second seven-week session. Professors are also pretty flexible, but you should notify them immediately if there are scheduling conflicts.
What are your results from the recruiting season?
I will be at Deloitte as an Audit and Assurance Assistant in Cleveland!
What advice do you have for future MAcc students who will be going through recruiting?
- Make sure the decision makers (recruiters, HR, managers, partners, etc.) know your name and that you stand out in some way among your peers.
- Ask a lot of questions about the firms so you understand their values and culture.
- Have your resume reviewed by two to three people.
- Schedule a mock interview at the Office of Career Management.
- Find time to also enjoy your time in Columbus and on campus!