Business Career Connection

Spotlight Majors: Accounting

Get an insider’s look at the fifth event from Anna Gibson, Diversity Programs Specialist at the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

On Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., students, faculty, staff and business professionals gathered together in the Board Room for the fifth event in the Career Connection Series. Those in attendance included Lesley Konkey, Academic Advisor, Juliana Capuano, Career Coordinator, and James Howell, Beta Alpha Psi President. Lunch was provided and the Q&A panel discussion got started after I gave an overview of the program and introduced the panelists.

Meet some of the panelists and participants in this video.

The panelists were eager to share their insight into the career options for students who major in Accounting. They talked about their own career paths, desired employment skill sets for a career in Accounting, diversity in the workplace, and building a well-rounded foundation for career success. Some take-aways that the students in attendance left with include:

• Developing skills such as communication, flexibility and confidence;

• The importance of knowing how to use Excel pivot tables and MS Access;

• Being aware of the global talent pool.


After the Q&A panel discussion was over, the panelists spent some time talking to students one-on-one.

Surveys taken during the event revealed that the students who attended:

•Have a better understanding about possible career options and employment skills necessary for this major.

•Found that the Q&A panel discussion was useful in learning more about this major.

•Indicated that they want to learn more about this major.

•Now know more about diversity in the workplace than before attending.

•Plan to attend one or more future events in the series.


We would love to hear more feedback about the event so that we can better gauge its success. If you attended, please answer this short 10-question survey:   

In addition to being entered to win a CSU Bookstore gift card, students who complete the survey will also receive the assessment career skills quiz. Just make sure to give your name and email address when you fill out the survey. 

To set up an appointment to meet with the Academic Advisor for Accounting, visit: or stop in the Academic Advising Center in Monte Ahuja Hall, Room 219.

If you are interested in following up with the panelists, they have supplied the following contact information. Thank you to all the students, faculty, staff and business professionals who attended!

Panelist Contact Information

James Douglas

Deborah Smith
Phone:  216.687.3809

Kimberley Spates
Phone:  216.881.6031

Yan Owens
Phone:  330.668.7277


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