American University of Beirut

Accounting undergraduate benefits from Student Leadership Conference

​​Because the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) Bachelor in Business Administration's concentration in accounting recently earned the IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) endorsement​, students are already using that honor to open doors and explore new opportunities.

As part of the IMA® endorsement benefits, accounting undergraduate student Zeina Chidiac was selected to represent the MENA region at the organization’s annual Student Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on November 1-3, 2018. The conference featured industry tours, sessions on leadership, finance, and data analytics, and roundtable discussions with corporate industry representatives. Participants were able to build a professional network and learn directly from industry-leading experts while gaining a better understanding of the in-demand skills needed in the competitive career landscape.

This year, IMA reformed the application process for the conference to make it more exciting and competitive. Students submitted video applications answering why they wanted to join the conference, which career path in accounting they are interested in, and how they would share their acquired knowledge to the rest of the students at their university.

“Attending the conference has been a fruitful experience. It has shaped my future both on a personal and professional level by showing me different paths an accounting and/or finance major can take,” described Chidiac. Critical benefits she garnered from the trip were the opportunities for “enhancing my interviewing skills and opening my eyes to ethical dilemmas one might face in the workplace. I also got the chance to apply the knowledge acquired during my first year at AUB.

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