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On November 17th, the Nichols College Accounting Club held its Annual Alumni Dinner in the Ingraham Room at which time alumni shared information about their career experiences and offered employment-related advice to seniors seeking full-time employment. Topics ranged from interviewing techniques to passing the CPA exam.
Alumni, representing a wide cross-section of jobs available within the profession, reported that an ability to ask relevant questions is an important factor for success in the workplace. Jennifer King ‘05, a client relations manager with Shepherd & Goldstein in Worcester, stated that she frequently asks questions of those above her. Brad Sullivan ’01, a manager with Alexander, Aronson & Finning in Westborough, says he views new hires as a blank slate and that asking questions is an important part of on-the-job training. Marie Shepherd ‘88, a partner with Graham, Shepherd in Worcester, described a career path which started in a small public accounting firm and then continued in a larger firm after a merger.
Two other alumni shared their experiences in private industry. Kerri Mitchell ‘99, who serves as the controller of Koopman Lumber in Whitinsville, described her daily routine as anything but routine. Paulina Wojcik ‘10, an internal auditor at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, gave the students insight as to some of the tasks required to verify compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, which introduced major changes to the regulation of corporate governance and financial practice in July of 2002.
The dinner was organized by Nichols Accounting President Kevin Quinn (of Manchester, NH), Vice President Don Bidwell (of Vernon, CT), and Treasurer Rachael Skowron (of Putnam, CT). Accounting Program Chair Jack Armstrong and Professors Marcia Behrens and Sean Cote also joined in welcoming alumni and students.