Of the 37 job-seeking students currently enrolled in the class of 2022 Master of Accounting (MAcc) program at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, all have accepted full-time employment offers prior to graduation.
Nearly two thirds of the cohort will go on to work at Big Four accounting firms, with the remaining students pursuing careers at Grant Thornton, BDO and technology companies such as Google.
“We are extremely proud of our master of accounting students. They have demonstrated resilience during the recruitment process and a determination to become principled leaders in business. I am confident each of these graduates will see continued professional successes regardless of the career path they choose because of their Mason School experience,” said Dean Larry Pulley.
The Mason School’s MAcc program is a nine-month, STEM-designated experience through which students develop technical skills and business acumen using a collaborative, team-based methodology that replicates a true business setting.
A critical component of the program is fall and spring recruitment. The Mason School’s Graduate Career Management Center (GCMC) hosts a full calendar of events to expose students to a variety of careers available in the field of accounting.
“I think it’s fantastic that we have the GCMC and it’s made the recruitment process very enjoyable. I felt supported along the way,” said Haajira Jumaya, MAcc ’22, who secured a position in the International Tax Department at Deloitte. “They did a lot to organize networking events so we had a chance to meet and interact with professionals and senior partners from Big Four firms and other industries.”
Students have the opportunity to meet William & Mary alumni and recruiters at their firms in Virginia and Washington, DC during summer Boot Camps and the annual DC Treks where students learn more about the intersection of public and private sectors of the accounting field. The Mason School also hosts special employer networking events as part of MAcc orientation as well as Meet the Firms Fridays in partnership with the Office of Career Development and Professional Engagement. It’s an event series where students can interact with over 30 CPA and consulting firms.
Additionally, a full day of orientation is dedicated to networking, and students have access to a dedicated team of career advisors through the GCMC who assist with resume writing, interview prep, and more.
“Our goal is to provide a variety of opportunities for students and employers to build relationships throughout the recruitment process. That coupled with our team of advisors who provide each student with personalized advice and support is why our job-seeking students were able to successfully secure employment prior to graduation,” said Brett Alpert, Associate Dean Career Services and Executive Director of the GCMC.