Are you a freshman or sophomore who is considering accounting as a possible major and future career? This website from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants provides helpful information about careers in accounting and what you can do as a student to prepare.
Fall Recruiting Season
Make sure you are well-prepared this fall to meet potential employers and make your best impression during recruiting season. Plan on attending these important events:
- Accounting and Finance Reception
- Office Mixers
- Meet & Greet Sessions
- On-Campus Interviewing
Accounting and Finance Career Fair
- Held each September, Calvin University Prince Conference Center
- Meet with representatives from accounting and financial firms and businesses recruiting for internships and entry-level positions
- Dress professionally (See our Best Dressed Candidate handout for more info on attire)
- Research the companies that will be attending (find out who will be there on Handshake)
The Accounting and Finance Career Fair is a job fair for accounting and finance students from Calvin and Aquinas. You'll go from table to table, introducing yourself, handing out your résumé (which should be printed on résumé paper), and asking appropriate questions.
Employers use the Accounting and Finance Career Fair to determine which students they would like to interview further. First impressions count, so dress professionally, present a firm handshake, and prepare a brief introduction about yourself. Research the participating employers ahead of time and prepare questions to ask. (See our handout for more info on career fairs).
The Career Center also typically offers a prep session prior to the fair to help students know what to expect and how to prepare.
Office Mixers/ Meet & Greet Sessions
Office visits and meet & greet sessions are an important part of the recruiting process. Firms want to tell you about themselves, but they are also interested in observing you and how you interact with others. Therefore, behave professionally. Dress code is usually business casual or casual. Details about these events will be posted on Handshake.
Some firms will conduct on-campus interviews after the Accounting and Finance Career Fair. On-campus interviews are coordinated by the Career Center..
Accounting Résumé Book
Each spring, the Career Center publishes a résumé book of accounting students. Employers use the résumé book to pre-select candidates for on-campus interviews or to contact students directly regarding office visits or other recruiting events. Attend walk-in hours or schedule an appointment if you have questions about your résumé.
Résumé Book Deadlines will be communicated to students by email.