By Contributing Writer Sarah Camara [scamara1@umassdtorch
As labor shortages spark conversation across the country, there was no shortage of Charlton College of Business students seeking employment during the annual Accounting and Finance Internship Fair held on September 22 in the Library Grand Reading Room.
Twelve employers and 76 students attended, a huge uptick from last year’s virtual fair which hosted only 37 students and nine employers.
“There was a need for Accounting and Finance firms to start to recruit earlier, because of Tax season in the spring,” said Amelia Alburn, the Director of Experiential Learning and Internship Development at the UMass Dartmouth Career Center.
Previously, Accounting and Finance firms were mixed into the Business Engineering and Technology fair that happens every October.
The Charlton Women in Business Association alongside UMD’s Accounting and Finance Honor Society, Beta Alpha Psi, held a preparation workshop on September 14. Charlton College faculty Marilyn Ardito, Christopher Jacobsen, and Melissa Pacheco discussed best practices and personal anecdotes surrounding job search.
“We wanted students to feel as prepared as best they can, given the effect of remote learning and work.” Melissa Pacheco, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, explained. “This event gave them an opportunity to ask industry specific questions, given that each member of our panel has experience in both Accounting and Finance.”
Employers such as CliftonLarsenAllen and United States Immigration and Customs were in attendance and greeted the likes of many students who are seeking opportunities such as part time work and internships, in a post-virtual space.
“The job fair was advertised a lot throughout the Charlton College of Business as well as in an email chain to all applicable students,” said Sean Fleming (Accounting ‘22) who presides over (Beta Alpha Psi) and attended the workshop. “…The students that did come made the most out of their opportunity.” He mentioned that employers at the fair had contacted him afterwards and he believes that the fair did help him professionally.
Later this semester, the university will host the Business Engineering and Technology Job Fair and the Graduate School Fair to aid in student success during their undergraduate years and beyond.