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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Apply for the Organization of Latino Actuaries Academy (OLAA) today! Last Career Fair is 9/29!

The Orgnaization of Latino Actuaries help students land on a job is through their Organization of Latino Actuaries Academy (OLAA). Participation is free, and any Latine actuarial student is eligible to apply.

Apply to OLAA here: https://form.jotform.com/210725171944050.

In addition to support on resume reviews, mock interviews, LinkedIn setup, and networking, OLAA gives students access to virtual career fairs:

OLA Career Fair #2, Fri 9/10 11am-3pm EDT, Virtual
OLA Career Fair #3, Wed 9/29 11am-3pm EDT, Virtual
OLA @ GIS, TBD, Virtual

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Don’t miss out on the Spencer Educational Foundation Scholarships!

Spencer’s Scholarship application for 2022-23 will go live October 1st, with a deadline of January 31st, 2022. Spencer awards undergraduate, graduate and PhD scholarships to students who wish to pursue careers in Risk Management and Insurance.

For more information, visit: https://www.spencered.org/scholarships.

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Boston Women in Finance has a scholarship! Deadline is October 15th

Boston Women in Finance (BWF) is thrilled to announce the launch of its inaugural BWF Inspire Scholarship. BWF is committed to providing minority women the opportunity to succeed in the business world. The goal of this scholarship is to inspire, motivate, support, and elevate these women in their pursuit of a career in the financial industry. We will be selecting three recipients for the scholarship in November 2021. Applications are due October 15, 2021.

Boston Women in Finance is a …

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Become a member of Society of Actuaries FOR FREE!

Wherever you are in your journey to becoming an actuary, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) wants you to be ready to take the next step. That’s why they’ve created the new free Affiliate Membership starting this October. When you join, you’ll get access to a treasure trove of resources, like help with networking.

As an Affiliate Member, you can connect with others who’ve taken the same journey or are facing the same challenges. Whether you’re a student who’s just starting …

By Melissa J. Sawyer
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Closing the gap — how to meet the 150-hour requirement – by This Way to CPA

The AICPA has wonderful articles for students pursuing their CPA.  I thought this one was interesting and wanted to share.

Check out: Closing the gap: how to meet the 150 hour requirement – How will you earn your 150 hours?

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(Virtual) Women in Actuarial Job Shadow Day – $500 Exam Reimbursement opportunity!!! – Register by 9/3!

This event will showcase actuarial female talent at Travelers through job shadows, executive speakers, and a panel discussion. Students will have the opportunity to learn about both traditional and non-traditional P&C actuarial work and network with actuaries at Travelers. While the day is focused on women at Travelers, the event is open to all students.

Go to this link to register now!

Please see below for more information!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

By Melissa J. Sawyer
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Don’t miss the Actuarial Society of Greater New York 2021 Career Fair! Register early to save some $$!

You are cordially invited to attend ASNY’s 33rd annual Actuarial Career Day, which will (again) take place virtually on Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 12–5 pm, with the unique feature of having real-time private audio and visual one-on-one interviews with each company whose qualifications you match!

College freshmen through graduate students are welcome as well as professionals interested in the actuarial field as a future career. We encourage mathematics, economics, computer, finance, business and — of course — actuarial science …

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CPA Exam – Fun Fact

Did you know that about 80% of Bentley students who take the CPA exam pass it the first time?  We are about the highest pass rate for Universities/Colleges who have over 50 students taking it.

Great job Bentley!

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AICPA COVID-19 Student Hardship Grant

Has the Coronavirus impeded your studies? The COVID-19 Student Hardship Grant helps support students who have faced personal hardship as a direct consequence of the pandemic.

Provides up to $2,000 to 25 students
Assists with educational related expenses (e.g. tuition and books) for those who have experienced monetary hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
Funded by the AICPA Foundation
Application deadline: September 15, 2021.
For more information, including eligibility requirements, click here

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

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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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