According to Gil C. Yancey, executive director of GWSB’s F. David Fowler Career Center, “Networking is the number one job-search strategy.” With that principle in mind, the Career Center last week hosted the first in a series of targeted, career-networking events designed for graduate students.
The first “Wednesdays with Fowler” event, held at Tonic restaurant in D.C., was dedicated to students interested in accounting careers and drew 29 students as well as representatives from the accounting firms Deloitte, Kearney and Company, Baker Tilly and Wendroff & Associates. “The series is named after one of our former deans, F. David Fowler, who is quite a luminary in the field of accounting,” Yancey added.
The two-hour event afforded students and employers the opportunity to interact in a relaxed, informal setting. The format drew praise from both students and employers. “At a career fair, for example, you’ve got maybe 30 seconds to make an impression on a recruiter,” said Matthew Casey, MACCY, Dec. ’11, and founder and past president of the GWSB Master of Accountancy Student Association. “This event allows students and employers to really connect, more than an information session.”
Brian Wendroff, CPA, managing partner of Wendroff & Associates, LLC, agreed. “This is a great event,” he said. “I hope they do it every year. I think it’s very beneficial for us, for the students and the accounting program, and for the Career Center.” Wendroff added that his firm, based in Arlington, Va., frequently provides internships for GWSB master’s of accountancy candidates and has gone on to hire a number of them. Wendroff’s experience with GWSB students has been very positive. “They’re very eager to learn, they’re very passionate about the industry and their degree program, and we’ve been very impressed by their output and productivity,” he said.
The event was organized by James Barricelli, the Career Center’s associate director of employer relations, and Lisa Weyman, manager of employer programs for the Center. “We’re very happy with the event,” Barricelli said. “We had a good student turnout and nice mix of accounting firms of different types and sizes. It’s a great opportunity for the students, and the recruiters really see the value of this kind of event. We had a very easy time convincing firms to participate.”
The next “Wednesdays with Fowler” session, for graduate students interested in careers in finance, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26.