Meet the Firms 2017: SMC Accounting Association's Biggest Recruiting Event of the Year

Meet the FirmsOver 100 undergraduate and graduate students from SEBA stormed the Soda Center on September 27, 2017, for the greatly anticipated annual "Meet the Firms" event. Exactly 33 Accounting Firms participated this year, including Armanino LLP, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, Moss Adams, and Johnston, Gremaux & Rossi, LLP.

Meet the Firms gives the students an opportunity to meet face to face with representatives from accounting firms and talk about their resume and future career in real time. Before the event, undergraduate and graduate students were invited to put their resumes in the resume book. A record of over 70 resumes were included in the book this year 25 graduate resumes and 44 undergraduate resumes. The event was set up as a meet and greet, with companies handing out gift bags to students.

“Meet the Firms this year broke all previous records for the number of students in attendance. All of our students came dressed in professional attire. Over 30 firms met nearly 100 students to share information on internship and job opportunities. With introductions out of the way, students will be less nervous for the upcoming on-campus interviews with firms coming up in October,” said Patricia V. Acosta, M.Ed., SEBA Career Services.

“I was happy to see the turn out and excited to see all the enthusiastic people in the room. I heard from several students that this is a great opportunity that helps launch them into a career. On my part, I enjoyed talking to firms that range from the global Big Four to smaller regional firms just 20 minutes away. I hope all students enjoyed the socializing and walked away with new insight,” said the Accounting Association President, Jolanda Sanchez ‘19.

Sanchez became the Accounting Association President this year. She was initially focused on being a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing, which required her to take accounting as a prerequisite. “When I was in my first accounting class with Professor Finger-Podolsky, she made it simple and I enjoyed doing the homework. Throughout the semester I learned a lot and could see myself pursuing accounting. Then to make things better I obtained an internship this past summer with KPMG, one of the organizations present at Meet the Firms. Now I'm basically set career-wise and I'm doing something that I enjoy!” said Sanchez.

The Accounting Association Executive Team: including Sanchez; John Vanya, Vice President; Nicola Malabed, VP of Student Involvement; Brandon Reach, VP of Finance; Ryan Bandaccari, VP of Student Relations; and Marissa Dudum, Executive InternThe Accounting Association Executive Team were all there to represent, including Sanchez; John Vanya, Vice President; Nicola Malabed, VP of Student Involvement; Brandon Reach, VP of Finance; Ryan Bandaccari, VP of Student Relations; and Marissa Dudum, Executive Intern.

"Meet the Firms is a great example of SEBA's partnerships with employers and our efforts to enhance student's experience and success,” said Dean Zhan Li, who also attended the event.