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In response to declining enrollment for accounting degrees, UHY Advisors has launched a Junior Connect recruitment program, designed to provide mentorship and networking opportunities to high school students interested in pursuing an accounting degree and career.
"The battle for talent within the accounting space is incredibly fierce, and with an aging workforce and shrinking incoming graduate pipeline, it is clear that the industry needs to get creative and rethink the ways it appeals to the next generation of STEM and business professionals," said CEO Steven McCarty. "The Junior Connect program does just that by introducing students to the modern accounting field and providing them with key learning and networking opportunities as they begin to consider their potential career path and college major."
The initiative is an offshoot of the existing Connect program, which has provided similar opportunities for college students for over a decade. "The beauty of the program is that it helps us identify talent prior to the chaos of the following season," said Rina Henning, director of campus recruiting. "Additionally, it breaks down the negative connotation associated with accounting and increases exposure for students to truly see the diversity of workloads and people they're going to be working with in the future."
The Junior Connect program, piloted by the firm's Farmington Hills office, will partner with high schools nationally to identify students interested in STEM careers, "It's really important that we start identifying talent a bit earlier, and I would encourage everybody to do this kind of initiative, whether you all come together and host a large event or start doing things progressively," said Henning. "Far too often over the years, students are so confused with what major to declare that these types of initiatives can help by bringing them to your own facility."
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