Congratulations Class of 2010

The Senior Year Experience

Congratulations to Matthew Boland, Kevin Crooks, Kiren Goyal, Jane Iaconetti, and Rachel Majkszak for being offered employment at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the major accounting and consulting firms in the United States!

Learn more about some of the seniors:
Matthew Boland - Staff Auditor, Harrisburg, PA
Kevin Crooks - Assurance Associate, Florham Park, NJ
Kiren Goyal - Assurance Associate, New York, NY
Jane Iaconetti - Assurance Associate, Florham Park, NJ
Rachel Majkszak - Assurance Associate, Florham Park, NJ


A Brand New Start: Matthew Boland

Senior Matthew Boland is on his way to a whole new life outside of Muhlenberg. Boland will be working for PricewaterhouseCoopers next fall in Harrisburg. He will be moving to Harrisburg, and be completely on his own, so it will be a whole new beginning for this college graduate.

Boland is an accounting and finance major. He likes accounting because it is a specific major; he knew he would get a job with this major. Boland also thoroughly enjoys the material which makes it all the worthwhile. He is an active student by being a student-athlete for the football team and track and field team. Boland is also a writing assistant. He contributes greatly to the PricewaterhouseCoopers firm because he exemplifies strong worth ethics in everything he does.

Boland had interned for Independence Blue Cross, where he did internal auditing. His job was internal controls. His past internship there actually opened the doors for his future. Independence Blue Cross worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, so Boland became even more familiar with the firm. He knew PricewaterhouseCoopers was one of the best accounting firms in the United States, but this connection allowed him to begin networking with them.

Through his networking, he came in contact with the Harrisburg headquarters. During the networking, he relied heavily on the Career Center for preparation such as mock interviews and resume critiques. By the end of all of his preparation and hard work, Boland received an offer to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers in November.

Boland acknowledges Professors Paula Irwin, Trevor Knox, and Jamie Doran with all of their hard work and support for their accounting students. Professor Irwin, in particular, was a huge contributor to his success because she was the one who had set up contact for his internship at Independence Blue Cross, which started it all. Boland networked with his professor then his internship then he obtained his job at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

With that being said, Boland suggest fellow students to network. Boland says, "It is very important to know people, so the more you network, the better."

After graduation, Boland will live at home for the time being and study for the CPA, and then he will move to Harrisburg for good later in the summer. Although it will be a new and scary time of change as May quickly approaches, Boland accepts the challenge, and he is looking forward to the change.

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Kevin Crooks

Kevin Crooks has accepted a position as an Assurance Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Florham Park, NJ.
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In Charge of Your Own Destiny: Kiren Goyal

Senior Kiren Goyal, an accounting and music major, plans to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers next fall in New York. Goyal began her college career as a music major, and she did not declare her accounting major until her junior year. At that point, she had completed her music requirements, so her last two years of college have consisted of accounting courses.

So what is it about accounting that that is so appealing? Well, for Goyal, she just loved it. She says, "I always had fun; if you did not have fun in your financial classes then accounting is not for you. You should always do something because you love it and enjoy it."

Goyal has another passion other than accounting, and that is music. Music is her relief when she needs a break from the craziness of life. She has done multiple performances where she performs her talents as a singer, guitarist and pianist. She is a part of an acappella group here at Muhlenberg as well as the Gospel Choir. Even though she will be working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, she still hopes to continue her musical aspirations and perform.

Goyal's past work experience includes working for IBM, International Business Machines Corp., where the professional setting has prepared her well to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Career Center is such a useful place for students, who are preparing or searching for internships or careers. It has always been very helpful especially for Goyal. Goyal was intent on finding a position at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. Knowing the competition would be fierce, Goyal contacted the New York PricewaterhouseCoopers headquarters and was put in contact with Lisa Hamn, an employee at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Hamn reviewed Goyal's resume and they shared many conversations, helping Hamn to make the connection between Goyal's credentials on paper and who she really was and eventually leading to an internship during the summer of 2009. Since then, Lisa Hamn has become a mentor to Kiren at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kiren received the offer to work full-time for them in August, which she happily accepted. She feels a strong sense of community at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where it is not just a place all about work, but family too.

This summer, Goyal plans to take the CPA exams in August, prior to the start of her job. She also plans to just relax and travel a little for vacation. Goyal feels ready for the real world and work environment because her professors such as Professor Irwin have prepared her well. Professor Irwin was extremely tough, but she prepares her students to work to their fullest potential, which is all you can ask for out of a professor.

Goyal is proud to have taken the initiative to contact PricewaterhouseCoopers New York. She drew on her skills to step beyond her comfort zone and it really paid off! She had the help and support from professors, the Career Center and especially Hamn, and with the support and her initiative, she got to the place where she is now. She was not afraid to step outside her comfort zone and show initiative, and it all paid off!

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Small School to Big Firm: Jane Iaconetti

Senior Jane Iaconetti, an accounting and finance major, already has her future set; she plans to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the big four accounting firms in the United States, starting next fall in Florham Park, N.J.

Like most students in her field, Iaconetti had an accounting internship. She secured her internship by working at the Career Center as a Career Assistant, where she found the opportunity during the fall of junior year. She then interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers last summer, and in August she received an offer of employment.

So, why a big four firm? Iaconetti feels working at a big four firm, as opposed to a smaller firm, is the best fit for her right now. Iaconetti admits she was unsure at first, because she assumed since she liked the small school environment then she would adapt better in a smaller firm. However, Iaconetti was at home at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She thought she might feel like a little fish in a big pond, but she felt a strong sense of community there, and is comfortable with her decision. PricewaterhouseCoopers offers a friendly, close-knit work environment where everyone makes a point to know who you are. She also admires the fact that PricewaterhouseCoopers puts forth the effort to help their employees with their progress and career development. Iaconetti sees PricewaterhouseCoopers as a great opportunity to start her career in accounting.

Iaconetti owes a lot of thanks to the accounting department. Her advisor, Professor Jamie Doran, played a significant role in guiding her throughout the years. In addition, Professor Paula Irwin helped immensely, because she prepares her students for everything they will face when applying for jobs.

This summer, Iaconetti will study for the CPA exam, like many of her accounting classmates. Additionally, she will be traveling to Europe for the first time to spend three weeks there with friends.

Iaconetti feels completely ready to work next fall; Muhlenberg's accounting department has prepared her well. So, what can students do so they end up like Iaconetti? She says, "Start early! The earlier you start, the better, so start working on your resume as soon as possible. Also, networking is key."

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It Is Never Too Late: Rachel Majkszak

"What are your plans after graduation?" That is the question most of us fear as May quickly approaches, and it was one question Rachel Majkszak was not exactly sure how to answer. Majkszak graduated from Muhlenberg last May, but did not follow the typical route to go on to working or graduate school right away. Instead, she decided to take more classes at Muhlenberg to obtain a certificate in accounting. Now, she has been hired to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the big four accounting firms, starting next fall.

Majkszak graduated with a degree in political science. During her junior year, she interned for a semester in Washington, D.C., at the White House. She valued every single minute there, and she considers her internship as one of the best experiences she has had, but something was missing. The experience made her realize she did not want to pursue a career in political science.

So, it was senior year, and Majkszak was practically starting over. She talked with Professors Paula Irwin and Jamie Doran, who gave her the idea to stay at Muhlenberg after graduation to continue taking classes and adding an accounting major to go along with her political science degree. In order to take classes, Majkszak, who is a full-time student at the Wescoe School, works as the Presidential Assistant at the Wescoe School, where she does event planning and student tracking.

Like most students, Majkszak found out about PricewaterhouseCoopers last spring when representatives from the firm came to Muhlenberg. Their presentation sparked Majkszak's interest. She felt a real connection with PricewaterhouseCoopers because she saw what a dedicated firm they are, and heard that the firm truly values their employees. Majkszak knew that to work for one of the big four accounting firms would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Majkszak was on the typical college path as a freshman to a senior with graduating with a degree in political science, but she then took a different route when she also finished with an accounting major. She is proof that it is never too late to pursue your real dream. She went to Washington, D.C., and had an exciting experience, but realized that was not her calling. So as one door closes, another door opens. She does not look back wishing she had begun as an accounting major her freshman year. She knows everything happens for a reason, and things always have a way of working themselves out.

This summer, Majkszak plans to take the CPA exam. She starts her online review course very soon, so studying and completing the exam will be her main focus. She will then officially begin working at PricewaterhouseCoopers next fall. She is very excited to start her new career even though a part of her is sad to leave Muhlenberg.

Majkszak says, "Don't be afraid to think outside the box." She did not see herself staying at Muhlenberg after graduation, but she kept an open mind and, with help from her professors, she was able to pursue what ended up being the perfect career path.

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