Our Kind of Job Market
For many college students, finding a full-time job can be a full-time job—unless you’re a Lehigh accounting major. Here’s why our graduates like the current job market.
Glenn Sward ’92 thinks highly of a Lehigh degree. “You don’t have to have it all mapped out,” he told nearly 100 Lehigh undergraduate and graduate accounting students this fall. “You are going to have a lot of options.”
The accounting alum should know. He’s vice president for global talent acquisition with SAP.
Sward joined fellow alumni at the College of Business and Economics’ 21st Annual Conference on Accounting Professionalism. The highly popular two-day event connects the aspiring professionals with those in the field—a network that has helped launch more than a few careers.
Last year, nearly every one of the program’s 80 graduates (25 of which were double majors) received job offers upon graduation. And in 2011, 96 different employers posted 265 employment possibilities for Lehigh accounting students through Lehigh’s career services office. Twenty-five unique employers posted 93 jobs that had on-campus interviews.
The accounting program has long been recognized as a national leader, due largely to its rigorous curriculum, faculty involvement and internship opportunities. In fact, it’s always been in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s top 25 undergraduate programs and even spent time at the top spot. Its alumni, routinely recognized as among the best in the business, regularly return to campus for events like the accounting conference.