MPA Orientation: Week 1 is in the Books
The Master in Professional Accounting Class of 2019 is here! The first week was full of introductions, career coaching, networking with employers, and delicious eats. Oh… and did I mention the SWAG?! All new traditional MPA (tMPA) students received t-shirts and McCombs backpacks.
Day 1: Tuesday, August 21
All new tMPA students arrived at the brand new Rowling Hall bright and early Tuesday morning. Steve Smith, the MPA Program’s Senior Director, kicked things off by welcoming everyone to Austin and the McCombs School of Business. You could feel the energy in the air as this group of students were in the same room for the first time… The #MPA19 Class was officially here!
After introductions, Student Life presented on clubs to get involved in, and a few Accounting Faculty members answered questions and gave insights into the curriculum and the Program. One of the best parts of the day (besides the delicious buffet meal) was seeing the Faculty interact with the students during lunch. Over fifteen Faculty members sat with students while everyone enjoyed their meal. It was a great way to get to know the professors and lecturers before classes start.
After lunch, Aleks from the International Programs Office joined us and spoke about the Study Abroad Program. Let’s just say the students sure were excited about the opportunity to take classes in Buenos Aires or Prague. Who could blame them?!
Students then transitioned into networking mode: the MPA Program Office Career Services team presented on recruiting and networking tips. (Who knew you are only supposed to shake hands with two pumps?) After some handy advice from Career Services, it was time to practice those networking skills. Students got to know each other by “interviewing” with their peers.
We ended Day 1 by inviting a few Master in Professional Accounting alumni up on stage to share their MPA experiences and where they are today. A big thanks to our five alums who came back to McCombs to meet our new students.
And here they are… Meet the MPA Class of 2019! Congratulations on being accepted to the top-ranked accounting master’s program in the country.
Day 2: Wednesday, August 22
The second day of MPA Orientation was all about internships and careers. 11 employers from across the region came to Rowling Hall at the University of Texas to meet our MPA students. Participating employers included:
- Andersen Tax LLC
- Calvetti Ferguson
- FTI Consulting
- Grant Thornton
- Holtzman Partners
Each employer introduced themselves and gave insight into their organization. Additionally, Deloitte, KPMG, and Calvetti Ferguson had a speaker come in and dive into new ventures their firms are currently working on (including using drones to inventory – cool!)
During lunch (which included a salad and the best chicken and rice entrée I’ve ever tasted), each organization sat approximately six MPA students so they could personally interact with the company representatives. So students could meet all of the 11 organizations present, there was a dessert reception after lunch that lasted about an hour.
An Accounting Careers Panel and presentation from the MPA Career Services team rounded out the day with insider info from recruiters and experts on what they are looking for in hiring for interns and fulltime positions.
All in all, I’d say Day 2 was a success!
Day 3: Thursday, August 23
Now today was a fun day. Not only were we located at an incredible venue where our top-ranked football team plays, but over 20 employers from across the nation arrived at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium for a little networking with our MPA Students. On one side of the room was Speed Networking: one employer met with two students, and after seven minutes, the Texas Fight song came on and students rotated to the next table to connect with a new organization.
On the other side of the room was an Open Networking area where more employers had the opportunity to chat with students in a less formal setting. This was an excellent way for MPA students to meet with organizations they are interested in working or interning.
Oh, and did I mention the breakfast tacos were plentiful?
That concluded traditional MPA Orientation! Keep an eye out for how integrated MPA Orientation fares next week!
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