Zarb Student Success Stories
Name: Yuexin Zhang
Major/Degree: Masters in Accounting; Masters in Information Systems (In progress)
Hometown: Xi’an, China
Why did you come to the Zarb School?
Hofstra has a great reputation and a good geographic location. It is located on the Long Island, which is peaceful and beautiful. On the other hand, Hofstra is close to New York City, so I could benefit from career opportunities in Manhattan.
I started to look for internship opportunities during my second-year of studying accounting. On the one hand, I studied hard to prepare for CPA exams. And on the other hand, I have attended many on-campus workshops and executive speaker series events to learn networking skills and industry trends. One day, I received an email from Dr. Elizabeth Venuti regarding an internship opportunity in FASB. I was so excited about this opportunity, so I replied immediately. Then Dr. Venuti recommended me to Dr. Christine Tan. Dr. Tan trained me in XBRL skills and helped me prepare for the interview. Finally, I succeeded at the interview and was awarded the internship. I really appreciate both Dr. Vernuti and Dr. Tan’s help.
At FASB, I can network with accounting professionals and learn the latest accounting practices. FASB is definitely an amazing opportunity and to learn from industry experts is priceless.
How did the Zarb School prepare you for your career?
There are great professors and networking resources at the Zarb Business School. All of my professors have mentored me throughout my studies. The Graduate Business Career Center is really helpful. Lauren Moy and Barbara Church-Kattan helped me revise my resume and cover letter. In addition, they taught me useful interview and networking skills.
What is your favorite memory/experience at the Zarb School?
The best part of studying at Hofstra is that we have a great Zarb Alumni Association. Students have the opportunity to participate in several workshops and events throughout the year with alumni. It is a great opportunity to learn from career experiences and very important for our future career development.
What advice do you have for students who want to follow in your footsteps?
My advice would be to never give up. This word is simple but useful. It is not an easy task to find a job. There may be many failures before the final success. Keep learning and developing your skills. The hard work will pay off, not only at your next interview, but throughout your professional career.