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Alumni Recruit Students at 15th Annual Accounting Job Fair

Published on October 07, 2019

Alumni Recruit Students at 15th Annual Accounting Job Fair

Brian Green of the Defense Contract Audit Agency speaks with students about fraud management and job opportunities.

Fiondella, Milone and Lasaracina (FML) auditors and Eastern graduates Alyssa Townsend '17 and Destiny Hartmann '17 speak with students.

Nicola Yester auditors and Eastern graduates Nicole Brooks '15 (CPA), Tessa Jordan '07 (CPA and partner) and Carissa Riccio '16 pose with Professor RuJoub at the fair.

Horizons Inc. representatives speak with an Eastern student.

The Accounting Program at Eastern Connecticut State University hosted its 15th Annual Accounting Job Fair on Oct. 5. With more than 70 students, 17 companies and nearly 25 alumni, the event was busy as students shared resumes and networked with future employers.

The Accounting Job Fair was created by Accounting Professor Mohd RuJoub, who has been teaching at Eastern for 20 years. RuJoub has seen students graduate from Eastern’s Accounting Program and go into careers with top companies such as Blum Shapiro and Travelers, and even earn top positions as vice presidents and managers.

“This career fair has enabled our accounting students to meet employers in an informal setting over the last 15 years and given them the opportunity to learn more about those employers and the opportunities available,” said RuJoub. “Employers were very impressed with the turn out and engagement with our students. Most employers were represented by Eastern accounting alumni—Eastern was represented on both sides of the table, as recruiters and job seekers–it was a sight to see!”

Many Eastern alumni that attended the event expressed the bond they still have with the university. Alumna, Amber Tucker’ 04, who works for the Connecticut-based accounting firm of Fiondella, Milone & LaSarcina stated, “Every Eastern graduate that we’ve worked with has been of extremely high quality.” Tucker, who also teaches auditing in the spring and winter semesters at Eastern, said she enjoys coming back to campus. “It’s great to come back and see my former students working and trying to get their career on the way.”

Alumna Nicole Brooks’ 15, who works for the accounting firm Nicola Yester, recalled her time as an Eastern student when she attended the Accounting Fair. “We’ve hired quite a few Eastern grads as interns… they have good working knowledge and have been well-versed in accounting related topics.”

RuJoub added, “Our alumni are very proud of their alma matter and accounting education that they have received and happy to come back to campus and play an increasingly significant role in our students’ careers, from getting that first internship or full-time job out of college to finding advanced positions.”

Eastern’s Accounting program provides introductory and advanced courses in financial and managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, and accounting information technology and business solutions, as well as teamwork and leadership skills. Senior Jenna Moreiria, who majors in Business Administration and minors in Accounting, spoke highly of the education she received through the Accounting program and her professors. “It gives you a well-rounded education that prepares you for internships and future careers.” With a high interest in tax auditing, Moreiria is aiming to take her skills to Blum Shapiro.

Written by Bobbi Brown