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Deloitte and PwC Recruit Eastern Michigan University Accounting Students

EMU students are in high demand

Published November 13, 2012

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Eastern Michigan University offers its accounting students more than an excellent education based on theory, practice and close relationships with firms and faculty. It also offers them excellent job prospects.

 This "Eagle edge" was especially apparent at Career Fair, in which recruiters flocked to EMU's College of Business this fall to present information about their firms and schedule interviews. The annual fair attracted 53 recruiters (five more than last year), representatives from top companies such as Deloitte, Ford Motor Company and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and over 600 students.

"Recruiters tell us our students are an excellent match for their needs in terms of work ethic and ability to multi-task. In fact, recruiters who have traditionally employed graduates from Ivy League schools are now hiring at EMU," says Zafar Khan, professor and department head, department of accounting & finance. The EMU Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national accounting honors organization, has been recognized with "superior" status for the last 12 years, he adds.

 Part of this reason for the program's reputation for excellence lies in its small class sizes and readily available internships which offer practical, real-life experiences outside the classroom. The accounting & finance program currently enrolls 862 undergraduate and graduate students.

"Recruiters also know our College of Business has been named one of the nation's top business schools for eight consecutive years by The Princeton Review. This gives our accounting students an edge when it comes to competing for jobs," Khan says.

Not only is EMU's COB in the national spotlight, the accounting profession itself is in demand. The Bureau of Statistics estimates that the profession will grow by 22% between 2008 and 2018-much faster than the average for other occupations.

Khan agreed, adding the COB is seeing higher demand for tax professionals and is planning to introduce a master's degree in taxation by Fall 2013. "Our objective is to build one of the strongest tax programs in the nation," Khan says.

Barb Gehring, a career coach at the university advising and career development center, credits donors, alumni and businesses for their support. "Their unwavering support enables the excellent education our students receive," she says.