Since this year is so unlike any other, we wanted to know about what Foster’s soon to graduate Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) class of 2020 will do once they are done. Before diving into their careers though, they have more pressing interests to attend to.
The top 5 activities that will be first in line once the COVID-19 restrictions end…
- spending time with friends and family
- eating out (and drinking).
- sports/outdoor activities
There were a few notable exceptions, “Sleeping in before I start working full time,” and “Being able to relax without feeling guilty for not studying.”
As for working, we have all the big firms represented: EY, Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, and Moss Adams. In all, 67% of this year’s MPAcc students will be going to work for the Big 5 accounting firms.
The rest of our grads will be working for companies such as Grant Thornton, Frank Rimmerman, Sweeney Conrad, Protiviti, Weyerhaeuser, and Bernstein Global Wealth Management.
We know Seattle is a tough city to beat in terms of quality of life here and our graduates confirmed that to be the case. Two-thirds of this year’s class have accepted positions here in the Emerald City. The rest of them are heading to work in Bellevue, Everett, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Minneapolis, Connecticut, New York, and China.
The positions are mostly in the fields of Audit, Assurance and Advisory, but some have branched out in other directions—Information Technology, Forensic Accounting, and Financial Management,
One student who deserves special recognition, Steven Whitman, (pictured below) has been awarded the prestigious position of Postgraduate Technical Assistant at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Norwalk, Connecticut. The FASB is the organization that establishes financial accounting and reporting standards for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Technical Assistant positions at the FASB are available to individuals completing a postgraduate degree in accounting or taxation and are highly competitive, with graduate students applying from all over the country. We are honored that for the second time in only 3 years, one of the MPAcc graduates has been selected.
No doubt, the past year has not been what our graduates expected, but they still all made it through with flying colors. Congratulations to the MPAcc class of 2020!!