The Cal Poly Accounting Club (CPAC) hosted its annual recruiting fair, Fall Symposium, with record attendance by students as well as local, regional and national corporations. Orfalea College of Business students graduating with degrees in accounting, finance and information systems attended the event to make critical connections with corporate recruiters in advance of fall interviews for internships and entry-level positions.
The event, now in its 27th year, welcomed 43 firms to campus, including the “Big 4” accounting firms, regional accounting firms, and corporations such as Clorox. Local accounting firms, including Glenn Burdette and Longcrier & Associates also recruited for internship and associate opportunities. Roughly 300 students attended the event.
Scott Dawson, dean of the Orfalea College of Business, says this thriving event is a key indicator of career-readiness among business students. “Many of these firms recruit from select schools, and Cal Poly has cemented itself on those short lists,” he said. “It’s due to the talent of our students, the strength of our curriculum, the commitment of our faculty, and the fact that our hands-on methods give students more practical experience before graduation.”
According to Michelle Bissonnette, CPAC’s faculty leader, this is the largest Fall Symposium event in the club’s history in terms of student and corporate participation, with more than 200 professionals present, many of whom are Cal Poly alumni. In her 15 years at Cal Poly, she has witnessed the event evolve into an important opportunity for students to secure internships, interviews and contacts for students nearing graduation.
The event has grown to include firms, such as Leprino Foods Company and Lockheed Martin, which hire a variety of graduates in finance and information systems as well as accounting. Ryan Moore of Lockheed Martin noted that Cal Poly’s business students are sought after because of the strength in curriculum and work ethic across disciplines.
The day was adapted to the needs of under and upperclassmen. While juniors, seniors and graduate students met with recruiters one-on-one, freshmen and sophomores attended a professional development seminar to prepare them for a successful career fair experience. At Fall Symposium’s conclusion, all students were able to network with recruiters, faculty and one another.
For more information on CPAC, visit their website http://polycpac.com/.