On September 14th, Seton Hall hosted ‘Meet the Firms’ in the atrium on the 4th floor of Jubilee Hall. The event was hosted by Beta Alpha Psi, which is the Honor Society for Accounting, Finance, and IT students. This event took a hiatus for a few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this was the second year that it was back in full-swing, in-person, and it turned out to be a huge success.
There were around 30 different companies in attendance, each with multiple recruiters and workers to network with students and show them what they are all about. . These firms varied from the Big 4 public accounting firms to mid-sized and smaller firms, as well as some more finance-based companies. There was a banner in front to showcase the firms that sponsor the group, with the Gold sponsors being: EY, Johnson Lambert, PwC, RSM, and Withum, and the Silver sponsors being: CohnReznick and Deloitte.
Each firm was given their own table that they were able to decorate with their own banners and signs. They were also able to give merchandise to students, with many firms bringing pens, bags, shirts, flyers, and much more. In total, there were roughly around 70 students that attended, and this ranged from freshman all the way up to graduate students. Most of the students were accounting majors, but there was also an inclusion of finance and IT majors as well.
There was a wide selection of finger foods for everyone to enjoy while they were networking, keeping with the theme of having people stand at high tables. While it was a formal event which encouraged students to wear business professional attire, this aspect allows for an informality that enables conversations to become more casual. Networking can be difficult for students, especially younger ones who have not networked as much as upperclassmen, so having something like finger foods to ease this pressure is a subtle but good touch.
Many faculty showed up as well, which included Dr. Mark Holtzman and Professor Danielle DiMeglio, both of whom are the faculty advisors for Beta Alpha Psi. Holtzman and DiMeglio, along with Erin Murphy, who is the current President of the organization, gave a nice introduction and wrap up speech, showcasing the rest of the Executive Board as well. There was also a committee of students who arrived hours beforehand to help set up, as well as stay behind after to help clean. A lot of effort was put in by faculty and students to make sure that this event went well, and it definitely showed. The first Beta Alpha Psi event of the school year was a major success, and it is a bright spot to look forward to for those interested in joining the society.
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