For a high school student, choosing a major and a career path are tough decisions. That’s why the Sawyer Business School and Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants teamed up to offer the second annual “High School Accounting Day” earlier this month.
The event drew about 50 high school students from nearby Boston schools and featured three panel discussions about accounting and its diverse career opportunities. Students heard from Certified Public Accountants, who talked about the importance of the CPA designation and shared their personal career journeys. They also got an inside look at Suffolk's accounting major. Current undergraduate students in the Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society discussed their Suffolk experiences and answered questions about the program.
“I wanted to be a part of this event because it was a great way to connect with high school students interested in accounting and give them more of an understanding of what the major and profession entails,” said Joshua Willis, who is a Suffolk senior and president of Beta Alpha Psi. “Suffolk's accounting program has many resources that have prepared me well for employment and enabled me to get an internship offer with Ernst & Young after graduation. This was an opportunity to give back to my school and promote what a wonderful job Suffolk has done for me,” he said.
Another accounting major, Kristen Adams, was happy to dispel common misconceptions about the accounting field. “I loved helping students understand what accounting is really about—it requires much more professional judgement and has a lot less to do with being good at math," she said.
“The event provided excellent information to these high schools students to help them understand what accounting is and if it is a good career choice for them,” said Accounting Instructor Bill Driscoll. As part of the event, the students even had the chance to work with faculty members on an accounting case study competition that involved the “deflategate” controversy.
“I was really impressed with the students’ case study presentations. I hope I’ll get to teach some of them at Suffolk in the near future,” said Driscoll.