Melissa J. Sawyer

Senior Associate Director/Operations Manager, Undergraduate Career Development, Pulsifer Career Development Center

Melissa J. Sawyer

Melissa Sawyer is Senior Associate Director/Operations Manager and dedicated Career Coach for the Accountancy, Corporate Finance and Accounting (Accounting Focus), Information Systems Audit and Control, Mathematics, and Actuarial Sciences majors for Undergraduate Career Development in the Pulsifer Career Development Center. Sawyer has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education in various functions encompassing career services, admission, financial aid, fellowship programs, and registrar’s office. She has developed strong relationships with staff and faculty throughout Bentley’s campus while collaborating on various programs for her majors. Sawyer has established solid partnerships with employers who actively recruit the students in her area of focus. Additionally, she oversees the relationship between the Pulsifer Career Center and Handshake and Big Interview. Sawyer looks forward to meeting with students to help them evaluate their interests regarding major and career path and in developing the skills necessary to acquire the positions they desire.

Prior to working at Bentley, Sawyer worked in career services with law students at Western New England School of Law and held various positions at Cornell University prior to and during graduate school. She has a Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University and a MEd from Kent State University.

Dedicated Career Coach for the following majors:

  • Accountancy
  • Corporate Finance and Accounting (Accounting Focus)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control
  • Mathematics
  • Actuarial Sciences

Fun fact:  Melissa has traveled to 18 countries in the past 18 years (and more prior to that)!  Traveling with her husband and son is one of her passions and their most recent adventure was to go to the Galapagos Islands.  Melissa looks forward to many more stamps in her passport in the future!

Favorite part about the office: Working with the amazing students – Melissa truly enjoys watching them grow, develop and achieve their goals.  Seeing the smiles on students faces when they receive their internship/full time offer is the best!

Junior & Senior Appointments:

Please schedule an appointment via Handshake (Career Center > Appointments > Schedule a New Appointment > follow remaining prompts).

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50 Best Accounting Firms for 2022

Vault announced recently their annual Accounting 50, a ranking of the best accounting firms to work for. The ranking is based on a survey of approximately 11,400 accounting professionals, who were asked to rate their firms in several workplace categories, including business outlook, compensation, culture, hours, training, overall satisfaction, and work/life balance. They were also asked to rate firms other than their own in terms of prestige. The Accounting 50 is compiled using a weighted formula based on these internal …

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MSCPA/Surgent CPA Review Virtual Mock CPA Exams

Experience a simulated Exam section from the comfort of your own home and view your Exam results in real-time! The MSCPA and Surgent CPA Review have partnered again to combine resources and offer a series of FREE simulated CPA Exam sections of your choice.

The mock Exam will use multiple-choice questions and simulations which are laid out according to the Uniform CPA Examination Blueprints. Participants will receive their ReadySCORETM along with a diagnostic report showing areas of strength and weakness …

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PCPS George Willie Diverse Student Scholarship and Internship program – Apply Today!

Local accounting firm, O’Connor & Drew, P.C. has been chosen as one of the 10 AICPA member firms to participate nationally in the PCPS George Willie Diverse Student Scholarship and Internship program. This program awards an internship opportunity with O’Connor & Drew, P.C. to a deserving ethnically diverse student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accounting or accounting related discipline who is planning to pursue their CPA licensure.  The internship will be during busy season in 2022 and …

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Aon Actuarial Mentorship Program – Deadline to apply, March 19th

If you are a student pursuing an actuarial path, who plans to graduate after the Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 semesters, don’t miss out on this opportunity!  This new program will be held virtually April through July with a commitment of 2-4 hours per month.  That means, you could still take classes or do an internship at the same time! Please see the flyer below for the full information.

Don’t miss the March 19, 2021 deadline!

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Registration for the 2021 Drake Symposium is open! Registration ends 3/19/21!

The Symposium is the premier collegiate actuarial conference in the country and will be held on April 9, 2021. Hosted virtually by Gamma Iota Sigma at Drake University, the event brings together actuarial students to engage the industry and further their education, while making valuable connections with over 150 participants. Attendees can also choose to participate in the case competition, with $2,400 in prize money!

Registration is FREE for all students to attend! You can learn more about the conference …

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Accounting Listen and Learn Follow up!

Were you interested in going to the Accounting Listen and Learn earlier this week, but then something came up?  Or, you just needed a screen break for a little while?  I have good news!  We recorded the program so that you can watch on your own time.  Check out the recording here to learn from our amazing panelists!  I hope you enjoy!

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Check out BerryDunn’s Future Insight Virtual Series

BerryDunn has been hard at work putting together a unique opportunity for students.  Given the current environment they pivoted and have designed a multi-part Future Insight Virtual Series. Check out the flyer below for more information.  This is a great program for sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue an accounting related major.  Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

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Learn More About the Melanson Scholarship for Accounting Students!

Each year Melanson (formally known as Melanson Heath) offers a $1,000 scholarship to an Accounting student at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These scholarships are awarded to deserving students planning to have a career in public accounting and who also share in our core values of honesty, kindness, fairness, perseverance, bravery, and judgment.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2021.

Listed below are requirements for the Undergraduate Scholarship:

Undergraduates enrolled full-time at public or private colleges and universities
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Actuarial Listen and Learn Follow up!

Were you interested in going to the Actuarial Listen and Learn last week, but then something came up?  Or, you just needed a screen break for a little while?  I have good news!  We recorded the program so that you can watch on your own time.  Check out the recording here to learn from our amazing panelists!  I hope you enjoy!

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MSCPA 2021 Scholarships – Deadline Extended!

The MSCPA is now accepting scholarship applications!

In 2020, the MSCPA was able to award $141,500 to worthy accounting students. They restructured their scholarship program to increase the amount of the awards and are proud to be offering scholarships ranging from $2,500 – $10,000. They are happy to provide financial assistance to offset the costs associated with becoming a CPA – all YOU need to do is apply!

The deadline to apply is NOW Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

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