Assistant Professor of Accounting Patrick Nance wanted his students to see what the real world of accounting might entail, so he recently took the opportunity to introduce his class to local businesses who could potentially be future employers.
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Nance took 20 of his accounting students to the Inaugural Private College Accounting Career Consortium presented by the Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA).
"This was the first inaugural, so it was the first time for the event, but I anticipate that I will be taking more students in the future," Nance said.
The event took place at the McPherson Opera House and lasted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The purpose of the event was to help students "land the job that kickstarts their career," the event flyer said, "by uniting them with employers who are eager to hire ambitious leaders of the future."
Nance's accounting students went to the event dressed for business, with resumes, cover letters, and references in hand, and of course the best accessory, a smile.
The students were able to meet professionals from small and large firms, and businesses such as Adams Brown Beran & Ball, Chtd., Koch Industries, and Mize Houser & Company P.A to name a few, and they were able to take part in mock interviews and meetings with the employers.
Nance said, "I hope my students gained valuable experiences in interviewing, networking and genuinely gained more comfort in a professional environment. It is put on by the KSCPA so there were a lot of firms there as well as private industry."