An education from Le Moyne provides the entire package. It not only technically prepares you for the workforce, but also for life in general. My accounting courses taught me how to perform my job well. However, the required liberal arts courses, as well as the connections I made through Le Moyne, have assisted me in both my professional and personal life. My current interests in volunteering with various organizations, meeting new people and continually networking throughout the community all started with my education at Le Moyne and has enhanced my career considerably.
An accounting degree provides endless possibilities post-graduation. CPA firms are taking on more and more roles in servicing their clients allowing them to perform as complete business advisors. In addition, some of those who started public accounting with me are now CFOs or CEOs of large companies, or followed a different direction entirely and now work with the FBI, with the state as a trooper, or obtained their law degree. The options are endless once you obtain your accounting degree, and the need is only growing. The number of students who are graduating from Le Moyne with a job already in place speaks for itself.
The profession is quickly evolving. When I first graduated with my accounting degree, many of my peers went directly into public accounting and were prepared to provide all services offered to clients. Now, the services provided by CPA firms goes well beyond just audit and tax. As such, specializing in an area is a need, not a want. The opportunity to specialize in advance will only enhance your opportunitiesfor employment and prepare you for the direction you choose to start your career.
After graduating, I accepted a staff position with Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa, CPA, P.C., located in Syracuse, New York. I have continued my entire career with FMFE and am now an Audit Partner with the firm.