September 27, 2021

Students Working with the GCMC: Road to Deloitte

This week, we sat down with Russell Bruskin (MSA '19), to learn more about his job search during and after his time at Baruch. Recently, Russell secured a full-time role with Deloitte after what sometimes felt like a long search. 



Hi Russell! Thanks so much for chatting with us. Tell our readers a little bit about yourself. 

Sure thing! I attended Baruch as both an undergraduate and a graduate student, where I received an accounting degree both times. I also passed the CPA Exam; the first two sections I passed while going for my master’s degree, while the last two I managed to pass during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I interned at a small tax boutique and a government agency auditing defined pension benefit plans while I was a student, but I’ve never had an internship with an accounting firm. I’ve recently accepted an offer to join Deloitte’s Audit & Assurance practice as a full-time Associate and I begin this fall.

Congratulations on your recent offer! What was your overall search like?

I began the search process during my final semester in the master’s program. I then halted the process when the pandemic began to wrap up the CPA exam and undergo several surgeries. I resumed the search last April. The search itself was manageable in some areas, but not so much in others. I was generally able to secure interviews, especially over the course of the summer, with a well-structured resume and a tailored cover letter. I seemed to get more interviews from employers who received a cover letter from me, versus those who didn’t. Most of the interviews I received were also from positions that I applied to through Handshake. The difficult part of the search for me was the interviewing. I’ll be the first to admit I’m pretty terrible at interviewing. I interviewed with Deloitte before I graduated, which didn’t pan out. In fact, before I received the offer with Deloitte, I’ve never had a successful traditional interview in my life.

How was the interview experience for this role? Any bits of advice for students who will interview this season? 

The Deloitte interviewing process involved two separate recorded virtual Q&A “interviews” through the HireVue platform, which involved questions that required either a written answer, or a verbal recorded answer. The last phase of the process involved interviewing with two partners in separate 30-minute interviews. The interview with the first partner was more traditional in nature, with the partner asking mostly behavioral questions. I actually had an embarrassing moment during this interview when my wireless headset automatically connected to a spam call. However, I was able to recover quickly and proceed with the rest of the interview. Don’t make the same mistake by keeping your phone in “Do not disturb” mode, it isn’t enough. Keep it off during interviews to avoid being pestered by a spam call at the wrong time. 

The second interview was more casual and back-and-forth in nature. The biggest pieces of advice I can give is to practice your stories before the interview and do something prior to the interview start time that you know will calm your nerves. Once you have your stories together, practice telling them before the interview. While your mileage may vary, it did help me to better structure my experiences and get into the right mind space leading into the interview. Additionally, if you have a routine that helps keep you calm, try to implement it before the interview starts. Practicing my stories is effective for me, but a different routine may work better for you.

What advice do you have for students looking to take on their own search? Anything that might help them stand out?

When pursuing audit associate positions, passing the CPA exam is what allowed me to stand out. For students interested in tax and audit, study and sit for the sections of the exam as soon as possible. If you have already passed at least one section, make sure to put that fact on your resume and bring it up during the interview when a good opportunity arises. I have my CPA exam progress listed at the top of my resume, so it becomes one of the first things a recruiter reads, but it works if you have it anywhere in your resume. Lastly, make sure to meet with an advisor at the GCMC in a consistent basis to build an effective career roadmap and further develop your career search and development skillset. I want to especially thank advisors Ann Himmelsbach and Jack Pullara for helping me with both building a well-structured resume and cover letter template and improving my interviewing skills. I wouldn’t have gotten the offer without their advice and guidance. Good luck in the upcoming recruiting season, and I’m confident you’ll do better than I did!

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August 16, 2021

Students Working with the GCMC: Leveraging the Lifelong GCMC Services

Gabriella (Jingnan) Qi, MS '21

I graduated with my MS degree in Business Analytics in May 2021. After months of job searching, I finally landed with my dream company. The whole journey was tough, especially with COVID-19 and everything going on. However, the resources and support from the GCMC advisors have helped me get through this process greatly. I was actually drawn by the good reputation of the GCMC when I chose Baruch for my master’s degree. Helpful services such as all kinds of sessions and webinars quickly prepared my career-oriented mindset and equipped me with the necessary skills and techniques regarding self-awareness (self-assessment with Lindsey Plewa), mock interviews (sessions with Annie Himmelsbach and webinars with Tanuja Ramchal), resume and cover letter writing, and networking tips (sessions with Jennifer Seidman). 

In addition, Handshake provides timely job postings and useful job search resources. Justyn Makarewycz organizes a lot of company events and facilitates networking sessions for students and professionals. Through On-Campus Recruiting, I met a recruiter who appreciated my value and potential. Due to that chemistry, we built a close connection and kept in touch until now. I really appreciate all the resources and services the GCMC provides which help me a lot. The career advisors are all very supportive. Jennifer shared with me helpful insights when I was under stressful situations and dilemmas during quarantine. She always said that GCMC does not come to an end after my graduation, instead it is a lifelong service for Baruch alumni. I look forward to seeing future students make the best use of the GCMC services and grow progressively.



Connect with Gabriella (Jingnan) Qi, MS '21:

LinkedIn: Gabriella (Jingnan) Qi

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The GCMC offers Zicklin graduate students and alumni a suite of services that includes individualized career advisement and assessment, as well as strategic workshops and training to assist graduate students and alumni in building a career through personal branding, effective communication, and successful networking techniques. 

Our services span many areas including:

  •     One-on-One Advising
  •     Drop-In Advisement Sessions
  •     Self-Assessment Tools
  •     Mock Interviews
  •     On-Campus Recruiting
  •     Job Search Groups
  •     Social Media Channels

June 22, 2021

Students Working with the GCMC: Navigating the Job Search as an International Student

Jun Lee, MS '21

If someone asked me what you would recommend new graduate students to do, I would say you should make GCMC career advisors your best friends. This is actually what one of my classmates told me to do in my first semester at Baruch College. As an international student, I have never experienced professional networking events before and wasn’t sure how to prepare for the campus recruiting process. Fortunately, the GCMC career advisors were able to help me in many areas including resume reviews, mock interviews, and one-on-one advising for my career path.

Last semester, I worked with Lindsey Plewa, a GCMC Career Coach, in preparation for the upcoming fall recruiting. She introduced me to the CliftonStrengths assessment which helped me identify strengths I wasn’t aware of and guided me on how to present them effectively during the interview process. Later, she also connected me to a professional who was working in my target industry. Through an informational meeting with the professional, I was able to have a great understanding of my target industry as well as the required skillsets for the position which I was applying to. Needless to say, without her help, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to achieve a great outcome from campus recruiting.

I know some graduate students are hesitant to speak with a GCMC advisor because they’re worried about being judged about their skills or background. From my personal experience, I’m confident to say that it is never the case. The GCMC advisors are always here to offer great support and advice to you. I’d highly recommend you to stick around with them and utilize the GCMC career services as much as you can!  


Connect with Jun Lee, MS '21:

LinkedIn: Jun Lee

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The GCMC offers Zicklin graduate students and alumni a suite of services that includes individualized career advisement and assessment, as well as strategic workshops and training to assist graduate students and alumni in building a career through personal branding, effective communication, and successful networking techniques. 

Our services span many areas including:

  •     One-on-One Advising
  •     Drop-In Advisement Sessions
  •     Self-Assessment Tools
  •     Mock Interviews
  •     On-Campus Recruiting
  •     Job Search Groups
  •     Social Media Channels


March 19, 2021

Students Working with the GCMC: Securing First Business Internship

I remember when I was at the new graduate student orientation back in August 2019, Fred Burke, the Director of GCMC, came on stage and said: “Make sure you save GCMC’s contact on speed dial and make them your best friends, because you will need it to navigate through business school!” Even though I did not save GCMC on speed dial in my phone, the latter was true - they have become one of the highlights of my time at Zicklin. Looking back as I enter the halfway point of my last semester here at Baruch, I would not be where I am now without GCMC.

As someone whose background is not in business (I hold a B.S. in Physics), I thought I would have a hard time adjusting to all the business “lingo” and finding job opportunities. So when I got called back for an opportunity to interview with an accounting firm for an IT audit intern role, I was surprised and ecstatic! I remember immediately setting up an appointment with GCMC, and I was able to conduct several mock interviews with Jack Pullara, one of the advisors who also came from a risk assurance background. With the help from Jack and GCMC, I was able to secure my first internship in the business world! Who knew someone like me who has never taken a business course would get to this point! To all the career changers out there, if I could do it, anyone can, and I want to thank Jack and GCMC for the help and support!

Last summer, with COVID-19 happening, I dedicated the time off to exploring myself. I came across an Instagram post from GCMC advertising an opportunity to do an MBTI personality assessment that was paid for by GCMC. I signed-up, and after completing the assessment, went through the results with Lindsey Plewa, the Associate Director of GCMC. Lindsey had the results hidden from me, so I did not know my results until my appointment with her. Our session was a lot of fun for me to guess my letters! It was very interesting that I was able to guess some of my letters correctly, but even more exciting to hear from Lindsey what each of my letters meant. Thank you Lindsey and GCMC, for putting color into this ENTJ’s life!

These are just some of the highlights of my time with GCMC. I have also attended many information sessions of different companies and had lots of fun learning and networking with the guest speakers. Thank you GCMC for enriching my graduate school career, and helping me become who I am today! To heed Fred’s advice, be sure to make GCMC your best friend!


Connect with Christopher:

LinkedIn: Christopher Chong

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The GCMC offers Zicklin graduate students and alumni a suite of services that includes individualized career advisement and assessment, as well as strategic workshops and training to assist graduate students and alumni in building a career through personal branding, effective communication, and successful networking techniques. 

Our services span many areas including:

  •     One-on-One Advising
  •     Drop-In Advisement Sessions
  •     Self-Assessment Tools
  •     Mock Interviews
  •     On-Campus Recruiting
  •     Job Search Groups
  •     Social Media Channels


February 10, 2021

Students Working with the GCMC: Changing Careers During a Pandemic

Yana Edinovich, MS '22


The GCMC has been an invaluable resource during my time at Baruch as a graduate accounting student. As someone who decided to make a career change in the middle of the pandemic, I needed advice and encouragement. Working with the GCMC, I was able to identify areas in accounting that I was interested in the most, build a competitive resume, and get an internship at a high-profile firm.  

 

The GCMC advisors are genuinely interested to learn about students’ backgrounds and tailor the advice and career strategies to their interests and goals. There is never a “one fits all” solution. During the Fall 2020 semester, I worked closely with Annie Himmelsbach. Under her guidance, I was able to identify my strengths and build confidence during the job search and interviewing process. 

 

Each step of the way, whether it is attending the career fair, interviewing, or following up on emails, the GCMC career experts always offer support and spot-on advice. Even when there is no specific agenda for the one-on-one meeting, such as resume writing or LinkedIn profile improvements, coming for a general appointment and talking about my career goals always provides me with great insights.


Connect with Yana:

LinkedIn: Yana Edinovich

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The GCMC offers Zicklin graduate students and alumni a suite of services that includes individualized career advisement and assessment, as well as strategic workshops and training to assist graduate students and alumni in building a career through personal branding, effective communication, and successful networking techniques. 

Our services span many areas including:

  •     One-on-One Advising
  •     Drop-In Advisement Sessions
  •     Self-Assessment Tools
  •     Mock Interviews
  •     On-Campus Recruiting
  •     Job Search Groups
  •     Social Media Channels