Finance and Accounting Mentoring Group

  • On June 18, 2015

Thomas Brigandi ’12 (CSI) on Why Having a Mentor in the field of Finance is absolutely critical to your future career

  • On April 8, 2015

Click on photo to hear why having a mentor is crucial in the field of financeWhy do Macaulay alumni mentors think having a mentor is so important to one’s career, especially for a student searching for their first job in the accounting and finance industry?

In my personal opinion, having a Macaulay alumni mentor is an important factor for our mentees to secure a first job or internship in the finance and accounting industry‎. Not only are our mentees competing with students who come from schools with robust on-campus recruiting programs, but also with a recruiting process that favors students from target schools.

Although, in my perspective, our mentees are generally just as intelligent and driven as their counterparts at target schools, they usually must work harder to get their resume in the resume pile than their counterparts, as our mentees have limited access to on-campus recruiting programs. That said, I strongly believe that Alumni mentors help to provide mentees with more level playing field by providing them with not only a template on how to get their resume in the resume pile, but also guide them through the interview process.

What are some examples of how Macaulay alumni mentors have helped students‎?‎‎

Alumni mentors‎ provide specific networking and interview guidance, in addition to connecting mentees to people in their respective networks who work at firms that our mentees are interviewing, giving our mentees a competitive edge when asked questions like “why our firm?” or “why our group?”. We have mentored over 75 mentees since the program began and our mentees have secured jobs and internships at firms such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, PwC and JP Morgan.‎

I believe that the lessons mentees learn from alumni mentors in terms of networking, professionalism and interview prep serve the mentees with a fundamental base for career advancement. The mentees will not only be able to apply this skill set in their current first job or interview search, but also over the course of their careers. Lastly, in most cases, the mentees build long-term mentoring relationships with their mentors, another positive in terms of their career development and building the Macaulay alumni community.

Alumni Volunteer Opportunity – Share Your Experience!

Calling alumni volunteers to email 10 students who have been accepted to Macaulay Honors for this coming fall semester. Volunteers will offer a chance to chat online, email, or talk on the phone to these students as they set out to make their college choice.

All that is needed is a willingness to share your own Macaulay experience!

Email if you are interested or would like more information.

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Alumni Network Board

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Alumni make permanent mark on W67!

Over 50 Macaulay alumni gathered on October 5 to welcome the Class of 2011 and dedicate the new word cloud mural.

The word cloud, a gift from the Classes 2005-2010, was dedicated by Macaulay’s 10th anniversary alumni giving chairs, Mila Matveeva ’10 (Hunter) and Dan Blondell ’10 (Hunter). Thanks to all who participated!

Artist, Joseph Sopp '10 (Hunter), with fellow alumni at the dedication

Following Mila and Dan’s dedication, Miriam Samstein ’07 (Brooklyn), Macaulay’s first alumnus Director for the Macaulay Honors College Foundation Board, kicked off the 2011/2012 fund raising efforts!

Miriam strongly emphasized that participation and “giving back” is what matters most – not the amount of the gift.

We invite you to join the tradition of giving back by making a gift today!* Press the “Give” button to contribute now.



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Alumni activities are supported by the generous support from the Laura Schor Fund for Alumni Relations

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Macaulay Honors Wall

We would love to have all our wonderful alumni honored on our Macaulay Honors Wall! Submit a picture and an academic, personal, or professional accomplishment of you or a classmate to Check out the Honors Wall online here: or in person by coming by to our campus on West 67th Street.
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