Steven Fingar, MS in Accounting'17, BS in Business Administration'16
Q:When did you graduate from the D'Amore-McKim School of Business and with what degree?
A:I'm a Double Husky. I studied Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting as an undergraduate, and then pursued my Masters of Science in Accounting at D'Amore-McKim. I graduated from the program in summer of 2017.
Q:What is your current profession and what led you there?
A:Initially I worked for a few years at PwC. I was able to leverage the analytical skills I learned through my education in accounting to pursue a new career in talent acquisition. I'm currently the Director of Talent (North America) at a marketing firm, and I am based out of their Los Angeles office. My background has allowed me to climb up the ladder to lead an entire division of the company within only a few months working there.
Q:How did D'Amore-McKim prepare you for this career in the global business world?
A:The global business acumen has helped tremendously, as my current career is international in scope.
Q:How did the abbreviated, 7-month length of the MSA program benefit your career progression?
A:It's a sprint that reaps long-term benefits, without the hassle of waiting an extended 2-year period to fully invest in your career.
Q:How was your learning experience impacted by the combination of distinguished scholars and lead practitioners in their field working as professors for the program?
A:Each professor gave their own insight and experience in the business world, which allowed me to view things on a larger spectrum.
Q:What would you say to a prospective student considering D'Amore-McKim for their business degree?
A:Don't hold the mentality that what you study has to define the path you take with your career. Just because other students are pursuing one thing in your program doesn't mean that you should do the same—be open to breaking new boundaries. I was a BSBA and MSA graduate, which would naturally lead me to the Big Four for a majority of my career. I did that first and now I'm the director of all talent in North America. Each step I've taken along the way has enabled me to undertake this position with a strong skill set.