Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016
Ten Westminster College accounting students and three faculty advisers attended a networking event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) at Station Square in Pittsburgh.
A casino night theme was used to promote the accounting profession and to raise awareness of career opportunities in accounting.
The evening began with a more traditional networking activity: interaction between the students and representatives from CPA firms, accounting graduate schools and CPA exam course sponsors.
“Recruiters shared that they value a sense of poise, attentiveness and confidence in candidates,” said David Smith, Westminster associate professor of accounting, who accompanied the group. “Academic ability can be demonstrated on a résumé but, because the profession is heavily client-service oriented, the ability to think on one’s feet, work in a team and relate well to a vast array of clients is at the top of the list of employers’ hiring criteria. This atmosphere allowed our students to showcase those characteristics.”
In the second portion of the evening, casino games provided an opportunity for students to mingle with faculty and recruiters in a non-academic, non-job search related environment, providing students with a more casual environment to demonstrate their interpersonal skills.
In addition to Smith, Westminster School of Business faculty Keith Bittel and John Geidner attended with the group.
Contact Smith at 724-946-7161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.