Accounting Students Gain Career Experience on Firm Tours

Accounting students on a firm tour

60 second- and third-year Accounting students got a chance to see the inner workings of the nation’s top accounting firms this September. The 22 tours allowed students to explore career paths and network with professionals from 11 prestigious firms, including Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte, and more. Plus, each tour included meetings with Orfalea alumni, ready to share their knowledge and experiences.

The tours are beneficial on all sides: students gain experience, firms meet potential future employees, and the Orfalea College of Business builds strong corporate relationships. “We’re so lucky because the firms enjoy the tours as much as the students—they say they don’t have any other schools doing this,” says Executive Director for Accounting Excellence Sheri Boscaro. “Plus, our students are incredibly professional, well-spoken and engaged throughout the entire day. There are multiple times during each tour that I sit back in awe, watching these young students wow the professionals and make Cal Poly look good.”

Each year, these tours have a profound influence on students’ career discovery and development. See what they had to say:

I learned so much on the tours and now I feel way more confident going into fall recruiting season. It was such a great opportunity to start networking early in preparation for my career. I have already made many connections with professionals and alumni! – Claire Bouquet

It was a really great experience being able to meet with so many professionals and gain important advice and insight. Going into junior year – especially as a transfer student – can be a bit overwhelming, but I feel much more comfortable and prepared for the upcoming school year, and I am so glad I was able to connect with industry professionals and all of the other students on the tour. – Maurea Richmond

I had an amazing time and it was so beneficial to physically be present inside the offices and meet other accounting professionals. I loved being able to see first-hand the day-to-day life at these companies. It’s one thing to read about a career or company, but another to see it in action. I have already reached out to a few of them to send my resume and apply for full-time jobs. – Elaine Eaglesham