Business executive panelists discuss careers in accounting at the Accounting Expo at Cal State Fullerton in 2016.

Panelists from major accounting firms discussed tips on how to grow your career at the Accounting Expo on Sept. 13. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of Accounting and Mihaylo Career Services.

From Big Four accounting firms to small startups, accounting employs millions of Americans. Jobs in this field have high income potential and the American Institute of CPAs has reported that there is strong demand for accounting graduates. Here is a look at how you can leverage campus resources to get started on an accounting career.

How would you like a rewarding, secure and lucrative career in a growing field? You may well get your wish if you pursue a career in accounting. According to the American Institute of CPAs, a record 43,252 new graduates were hired by CPA firms in 2014, the latest year statistics were available. The 2015 report also noted that 97% of bachelor’s programs and 70% of master’s programs in accounting expect their enrollment to be the same or higher than the previous year.

Networking at the Accounting Expo

More than 700 Cal State Fullerton students attended the Accounting Expo earlier this month. The event, sponsored by Mihaylo’s Department of Accounting and Mihaylo Career Services, featured a discussion with industry executives, career preparation advice from accounting professionals and a review of career paths. Panelists included executives from major firms – Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, HCVT, KPMG, Moss Adams, PricewaterhouseCoopers, RSM US LLP and White Nelson Diehl Evans – and officials from state and federal agencies.

How to Jumpstart Your Accounting Career

In addition to the Accounting Expo, there are many events and activities on campus designed to connect students with careers in accounting. The Accounting Society, which claims to be the largest student organization on campus, hosts networking and professional engagement events and, together with Beta Alpha Psi, works with industry recruiters to connect students with careers. Both clubs are open to students of all majors.

The Department of Accounting also hosts events, provides information on undergraduate and graduate accounting degree programs and offers career guidance. For more information, visit them at SGMH 4313 or online.

Regardless of what career calls you, Mihaylo Career Services is available for advice and professional development. This semester, their walk-in hours for advising are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

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