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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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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CPA Exam Review Course Auction – Deadline to participate – April 17th!

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Are you planning to sit for the CPA Exam? Save big on popular CPA Exam Review Courses by placing a bid in the MSCPA auction! All proceeds will go towards the MSCPA Educational Foundation. Click on the links below to learn more about each review course:

Becker CPA – Four individual sections auctioned separately
Roger CPA – One full review course
Wiley CPAexcel – One full review course
Surgent CPA Review – One full review course
Gleim – One full review course

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CDI 301: REGISTER NOW!

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Attention Class of 2021 and 2022, make sure you include CDI 301 in your schedule plan for next fall! Career Development Intensive 301 (CDI 301) is comprised of four-week intensive courses specialized by major for the Classes of 2021 and 2022. This latest addition to our Career Education program has been uniquely developed to help YOU get the most out of your upcoming internship and job search!

The class sessions will cover:

Specialized resume & cover letter development
Advanced interview …

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How Does COVID-19 Affect CPA Exam Candidates?

How Does COVID-19 Affect CPA Exam Candidates?

I received the following from the MSCPA newsletter yesterday, March 25, 2020.  I thought students would be interested in this information, specifically the last bullet point regarding Pass/Fail Courses.  Read on to make sure you are fully informed!

Find answers to questions regarding the following topics in an informational blog post from Roger CPA Review and the AICPA. Below are the highlights. Please share this information with your students.
CPA Exam Notice to Schedule (NTS):
The Massachusetts Board of Public …

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5 Productive Things to Do in a Quarantine

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Trying to come up with some ideas to keep you busy during these crazy times?  Check out this great article by Vault on how to stay productive.

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Congratulations and Welcome to the Gamma Rho Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma!

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On Saturday, February 29, 2020, I had the honor and privilege to attend the official chartering ceremony, welcoming the Gamma Rho Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma to Bentley’s campus.  Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) is an actuarial business fraternity focused on developing professionals in the risk, insurance and actuarial science space.  There were students from GIS chapter’s at UConn, Temple and St. John’s University in attendance as well as a representative from the grand chapter to officially welcome Bentley’s ~40 students …

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BDO Pathway to Success – Summer Leadership Program

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BDO is currently accepting applications for the 2020 programs. Pathway to Success is a summer leadership program designed for college students who want to learn more about what it’s really like to work in the field of public accounting.

The programs offer sophomore and junior accounting students from across the country the opportunity to explore various topics such as leadership, networking and careers in public accounting.

How to apply:

www.bdo.com/pathwaytosuccess
https://www.bdo.com/careers/students – Apply now, Search location of choice, Find Summer …

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Are you interested learning more about a Property & Casualty actuarial career?

Are you interested learning more about a Property & Casualty actuarial career?

If this is an area that you are interested in pursuing, registration for the next CANE meeting is now open!

In describing this event, Prof. Emmy Roth said the following:

“I have attended this semiannual conference a number of times and each time have learned about really interesting problems of concern to Property & Casualty actuaries (fracking, AI applications, issues resulting from wildfires and hurricanes, etc).  I believe they typically have a student-oriented program at the spring meeting.”

Please see …

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