Melissa J. Sawyer

Senior Associate Director / Operations Manager, Pulsifer Undergraduate 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 in the Pulsifer Undergraduate 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 Development 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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MSCPA 2021 Scholarships – Applications Are Open!

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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 Monday, February 1, 2021.

To learn more about …

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Don’t Miss Scholarship Opportunities by Surgent CPA Review – Deadline November 30, 2020

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Surgent CPA Review has scholarship opportunities for hardworking students currently studying accounting and finance at an accredited college or university.

Surgent is offering two scholarships, and winners will receive $1,500 for first place. All applicants must submit an answer to an essay question with a copy of their current transcript. Further details on how to apply for the scholarship can be found here:

https://www.surgent.com/college-scholarship/ (Deadline: November 30, 2020)

https://www.surgentcpareview.com/college-scholarship/  (Deadline: November 30, 2020)

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2021 CAS Trust Scholarship Program Application

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The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) has posted the 2021 CAS Trust Scholarship Program Application.

The CAS Trust Scholarship Program will award up to eight scholarships to deserving students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Scholarships will range from $2,500 (4 Awards) to $5,000 (4 Awards).

Completed applications are due by January 31, 2021. Winners will be informed of award decisions by May 31, 2021.

You can find the application along with eligibility, application requirements, and information about previous CAS Trust Scholarship …

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MSCPA 2020-21 Firm Guide

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What GPA do you need to obtain to be hired by your dream firm? What firm is your perfect fit? Which firms sponsor international students? Look no further! The answers to all of these questions and more can be found in the new edition of the MSCPA’s 2020-21 Firm Guide, which profiles 57 firms in the state! VIEW GUIDE

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QU GAME Forum X is going virtual

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We are excited to announce that this year the Global Asset Management Education (GAME) Forum will be taking place virtually on March 25-26, 2021.

We have been hard at work reimagining the live event, in an effort to continue to deliver the opportunity to connect with industry leaders through keynote speaker panels, breakout sessions, workshops and more. We will also hold the global portfolio competition virtually.

GAME Forum provides college students and faculty with unique access to explore important developments, challenges …

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Three FREE Mock CPA Exams for Aspiring Accountants!

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The MSCPA has partnered with Surgent CPA Review to offer a series of FREE simulated CPA Exam sections of your choice!

The goal is to simulate the format of taking the CPA Exam, using actual multiple-choice questions and simulations which are laid out according to the Uniform CPA Examination Blueprints.

You’ll experience a simulated Exam section from the comfort of your own home while viewing your Exam results in real-time, giving you a better understanding of how prepared you are to …

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Learn More about the MSCPA Today!

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The MSCPA is an amazing professional association for those entering into public accounting in Massachusetts.  Please read below to learn more about what you can gain as a student member of this organization as shared by the MSCPA’s very own Erica DeBiase, Director of Academic & Career Development, and Jessica Yu, Academic & Career Development Specialist.

One of the most important things we do at the Society is help fuel the pipeline to the accounting profession with high potential, diverse …

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Apply now to be the next EY Young Tax Professional of the Year!

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Students: Apply now to be the next Young Tax Professional of the Year!

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Great news! EY is again hosting its Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) Competition. This presents a distinctive opportunity for our successful and motivated students to display a wide range of tax, legal and general business knowledge as well as analytical and presentation skills in a fun and exciting case study contest. You also have a chance to win scholarship funding! And it is an …

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Successfully Disclosing a Disability by Lime Connect

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If you have not heard of Lime Connect, you have been missing out!  They are an organization that’s rebranding disability through achievement.  They work to connect high performing students with their corporate partners.  Lime Connect also creates amazing resources to help our students at every step of the way.

With the current COVID-19 situation, they have developed an amazing resource for students about whether, when and how they should disclose their disability.  Check out this amazing resource here.  And, check …

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Vault’s 50 Best Accounting Firms for 2021

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Vault released their annual Accounting 50 today!  Check out this article to learn which firms made the list!

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