Anderson, Indiana

Three AU grads land jobs at EY

Mon, 2014-06-30 09:43 -- smgower
Hannah Samples, Josh Compton, and Lauren Fiscus accepted positions at Ernst & Young.
June 30, 2014

It’s a good day when a senior gets a job. It’s a great day when three seniors from the same program get jobs working together after graduation.

Josh Compton, Lauren Fiscus, and Hannah Samples are proof of that. These three senior accounting majors have accepted positions at EY, one of the four biggest and well-known accounting firms in the world. All three students will begin their journey with EY in July.

Compton, who majored in accounting with an entrepreneurship minor, will begin his time at EY as an assurance services staff member, acting as a first-year auditor. He received a recommendation to apply for this position from Melanie Peddicord, assistant professor of accounting and business.

“I had heard of EY because it is one of the ‘Big Four’,” said Compton. “Thankfully, Professor Peddicord, a previous employee of EY, gave me a recommendation, which resulted in my first interview with the company. I received the position because the Falls School of Business and the Career Development Center prepared me and mentored me to be successful after graduation.”

Fiscus, who majored in accounting with a business management minor, accepted a position with EY as an assurance services staff member and will audit clients' financial activities. Fiscus applied for the position through the encouragement she received during a summer internship at Indiana Farm Bureau. Fiscus wanted to leave Indiana after graduation, but after her internship and learning more about the impact EY has on Indiana, she changed her mind.

During her internship, Fiscus met a fellow intern who had a contact at EY. Through this contact and a recommendation from Peddicord, Fiscus applied for the position. She is excited to have an opportunity with an organization that has an impact on the community.

Like Compton, Samples, who majored in accounting with a business information systems complementary major, will work as a member of the assurance services staff for EY.

“This opportunity is huge for me,” said Samples. “Not only am I entering my dream job right out of college, but I am entering into a company that will teach me, train me and prepare me to be a top-certified personal accountant and professional in my industry.

"This is a prestigious position that students from schools all over the state and country are competing for, and the fact that I have been blessed with this opportunity to follow my passions, while also building my career, is incredible.”

The positions these seniors have accepted are indicative of the preparation the Falls School of Business provides for its students.

“I think that three students from the 2014 class receiving offers from such a prestigious firm is a huge accolade to the quality of education provided at Anderson University, especially the School of Business,” said Fiscus. “Many times, as a small, liberal arts school, we are overlooked on the quality of programs offered. The accomplishments of my classmates and myself prove that it is not the university name on your diploma, but the quality and experience provided in the education.”

[Photo: Hannah Samples, Josh Compton, and Lauren Fiscus accepted positions at EY, a top-tier accounting firm known world-wide. The three seniors have demonstrated their level of excellence and will be representing AU at the Indianapolis office of one of the "Big Four" global professional services firms.]

— Allison Kohl is a 2014 graduate from Springfield, Ohio, majoring in communication arts. Kohl is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.