Accounting Roundtable Energizes Students
On Thursday, February 20, over 70 local college students attended the first St. John Fisher College Accounting Roundtable, featuring representatives from both the public and private accounting industries. The roundtable focused on careers in taxation.
The public firms represented were EFP Rotenburg, Insero & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and The Bonadio Group. Representatives from the firms included experience levels from associates to partners. Kodak Alaris' Chief Tax Officer, Diane Gardner, represented tax career alternatives that exist within private industry. Fisher students were joined by students from SUNY Brockport, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and the University of Rochester.
The roundtable included 40 minutes of submitted questions from students in Fisher’s tax classes and approximately 15 minutes of questions submitted from the floor. The last 30 minutes of the roundtable consisted of networking between the students and the roundtable participants. Professor Lynn Mucenski-Keck served as the event’s emcee.
“The goal of the roundtable was not to discuss tax technical issues, but expose accounting students to what a tax career entails, as well as opportunities that can develop when a tax career is chosen. It is a goal to have additional roundtables in the future so that students can learn more about differing career paths within accounting,” said Mucenski-Keck.
Phillip Gelsomino, a tax professor at RIT, said his students really benefitted from the event.
“Our students were amazed at the passion each panelist has for the tax profession, and I believe that showed in our students’ questions for the panel,” said Gelsomino. “Our students spent a great deal of time talking with the PwC representatives afterwards. I know they are very excited about their educational choice, and tonight’s roundtable gave them reassurance that they are headed in the right direction.”
"It is difficult for students to decide which would be their best fit for jobs and internships without having any experience or knowledge of the audit or tax field, so I thought the event was great for accounting students. As someone who is very interested in going into tax, it was nice to hear the panel discuss their typical days and what it is actually like to be tax accountants,” said Accounting major Michelle Jennejohn ’15.
The student crowd at the roundtable event.