Accounting Students Explore Careers at SC Banking Event
Tigerville, SC (April 3, 2019) A group of North Greenville University accounting and business students attended the South Carolina Banking Association’s Banking Careers 101 Event in Columbia in February.
The event focused on introducing students to careers in banking and allowed them time to network with banks from across the state during breakout sessions.
Accounting Department Chair Dr. Chris Zapalski along with Director of Career Planning Stuart Floyd chaperoned the group of 14 students.
Zapalski noticed that out of all the other colleges that attended the event, NGU had one of the highest numbers of students in attendance. “I found it valuable,” said Zapalski, who continued to explain how this event allowed students one-on-one interaction with the banking presenters.
Accounting student Caitlyn Lashley (expected ‘19) had the opportunity to sit with the CFO of CresCom Bank at lunch and was able to ask him questions related to the industry.
Lori Blackwell (expected ‘19) who also attended the event, talked with CresCom’s CFO about the different mergers he has been involved with. “As an accounting major, this really piqued my interest,” she said.
Lashley also learned about future career paths she could take after graduating from college.
“Before this conference, I had never really thought of anything other than the bank tellers behind the counters and the bankers who do loans,” said Blackwell.
Lashley added, “Mostly everyone starts off as a teller and works their way up, but if you have a degree coming in, you may not stay as a teller for that long.”
This event provided students with the opportunity to learn about careers beyond what they had expected to encounter within the banking industry. These jobs include accounting, human resources, information technology, and operations.
For information about NGU’s business degree offerings, visit www.ngu.edu/academics.
Story written by NGU Communications Intern Hannah Hurst (expected ’19).