The Maine Business School Accounting Faculty partnered with the University of Maine Career Center and the Institute of Management Accountants to host a Careers in Accounting Night at the Maine Business School. Over 20 professionals from 8 different organizations participated in the event which saw over 50 students turn out. Major public accounting firms Albin, Randall & Bennett, Baker Newman Noyes, BerryDunn, LG&H, and MacPage LLC were present as well as representatives from the Maine Revenue Service and the State of Maine. Stone Coast Fund Services, a Hedge Fund Administration & Consulting firm, was also present. Special care was made in planning the event by Assistant Director Kate Axelson Foster of the UMaine Career Center, Lecturer in Accounting Wendy Coons of the Maine Business School, Internship Coordinator Amanda Plourde of the Maine Business School, and MBS Student Ambassador and Senior Accounting Major Michael St. Denis, also President of the local chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.
Attendees were treated to a panel of Accounting experts from every organization in attendance, who shared their advice and their organization’s cultures with the audience. With everything from interview tips, career advice, and what types of positions are available – the panel, moderated by Wendy Coons, was an opportunity for Accounting Majors to ask questions and hear feedback from professionals in all areas of accounting. After the panel discussion, dinner was available for all attendees and students had the opportunity to network and connect with professionals one-on-one to discuss internship or job opportunities in their organizations.
Events like this make it easier for students to connect with professionals and explore the job opportunities that await them after life at the Maine Business School. There is already talk about holding another event like this next year, as well as how similar events can be held for Management, Finance, and Marketing students in the future. The Maine Business School would like to thank everyone for attending and for the professionals who gave their time to be a part of this amazing event.