American Univesity of Beirut

Winning in the Big4&After: A Step Forward in Career Building

​On Friday, March 11, 2022, two USAID ​University Scholarship Program (USP) scholars Nazek Baytieh (senior in Business Administration, Accounting track) and Bachar Chhadeh (sophomore in Business Administration) won awards at the 10th annual Big4&After Competition. It is a day-long competition organized by the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in collaboration with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and EY (Ernst & Young) – two of the Big Four accounting firms in the world. The fun-filled competition is played in teams of four and in three phases. Twenty-f​ive teams participated in this special 2022 event.

Prior to the competition, teams were required to prepare a video on the changes that have occurred in the field of Accounting in the past 10 years.

Phase 1 comprises various tests of knowledge in the areas of accounting, finance, logic and business ethics. This fun-filled activity has the teams solving riddles to navigate to different locations on campus. In Phase 2, the teams competed in sports challenges, such as sheet volleyball, dodgeball, giant skip-rope, and the human tank, and the main objective was teamwork and team building. Phase 3 is a special game of jeopardy that is played only by the four teams that emerged at the top after Phase 2.

Nazek Baytieh, a member of the winning team, has guaranteed employment upon graduation at EY, provided she continues maintaining high academic standards. After winning the competition, Baytieh feels elated that she would begin her career as an audit associate after she graduates. “It was an amazing experience for me, and winning the job offer is one of my biggest achievements in life,” said Baytieh. After all, it is a huge accomplishment to start a career and gain experience at a prestigious firm from the very beginning. 

She added, “The winning moment was one of the happiest and most touching moments in my life. At that moment, I felt so grateful for receiving the USAID scholarship at AUB, which has exposed me to various cultures and opportunities, and has helped me plan for my career path and strive in life. I felt so proud of myself, lucky, and confident when I won the competition, exactly the same way I felt when I received the scholarship. I am looking forward to starting my journey at EY as an audit associate while hoping to achieve more accomplishments in the future.”

Meanwhile, as a member of the first runner-up team, ​Bachar Chhadeh has guaranteed a two-month internship opportunity at PwC. Chhadeh feels proud of his achievement, especially that he is only a Sophomore student. He feels that he is ahead and the intern​ship will open the doors for employment at either the same firm or another prominent accounting firm.
He enthusiastically said, “I am looking forward to many more successes in the future. I would like to add that I am very grateful to be a USP Scholar. It is because of this scholarship that I am able to participate in such beneficial activities and competitions that complement my academic studies. This scholarship is helping my dreams come true.”

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