Freshman Student Networks with Accounting Professionals at Meet the Firms
April 23, 2012
As the Hispanic Serving Institution Title V Grant program Building Connections for Success (BCFS) continues in its second year, the activities have expanded into the College of Business and Economics, giving more students in this College the opportunity to receive BCFS peer and faculty support with guidance to professional resources.
This semester, BCFS students attended Meet the Firms hosted by the Accounting Association, Beta Alpha Psi and Management Information Systems Association on February 16 at The Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills, where CSUN students aspiring to work in the Accounting and Information Systems industry networked with seasoned professionals and company representatives from some of the nation’s leading firms and companies.
BCFS Freshman and Pre Accounting major Jacqueline Jerez attended the three-hour networking event after one of her professors discussed it in class last semester. Jerez’s BCFS peer mentor, Binh Dang, attended the event with her and guided her on what to expect.
“I initially was not going to attend because I thought it was geared only towards upperclassmen who wanted to speak with recruiters,” said Jerez. “I was also worried I would be too intimidated to talk to people and that I wouldn’t wear the right thing or know what to do, but Binh gave me advice on what to wear, what to bring and how to make the most of the event.”
In order to help feel more comfortable speaking with professionals, Jerez met with a small group of students at the event and was able to approach representatives alongside her classmates from several firms including Deloitte Touche, Ernst & Young and SingerLewak.
Meet the Firms takes place once every semester, giving CSUN students the opportunity to build relationships with professionals and potential employers throughout their academic careers.
“All the firms were very nice and took their time to help us and answer our questions,” said Jerez. “I think all freshman need to go because it is so important to get your face out there as soon as you can. I had such a great experience and I would definitely go again next semester.”
For more information about Meet the Firms visit www.meetthefirms.org.