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Accounting Careers – Changing but Relevant in 2022

Accounting remains a solid and sought-after career for so many. According to Forbes.com, “accounting has moved far beyond mere bookkeeping and payroll, and it’s taking an increasingly strategic role for forward-thinking businesses, snd technologies such as cloud-based data management, process automation, and advanced analytics are poised to further elevate accountants in new and empowering ways.”

At Juniata College, we agree and plan to be at the forefront of helping students prepare for their careers and passing the CPA exam. 

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Organizational Leadership – In Demand and Necessary in Today’s Changing Workplace

Organizational Leadership continues to be both a buzzword and a solid career path. Leaders who have formal education and willingness to continue learning will find themselves at the heads of companies and organizations over the next decade. The last two years have shown us that work environments and work requirements are ever-evolving. New leaders will need to be able to evolve with those changes. Flexibility, fast-changing technology needs, diversity, conflict management, a need for collaboration across hybrid workplaces, and a constant focus on innovation to remain competitive are driving the requirements for future leaders. Those stepping into leadership must be able to handle all that and more. 

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Lessons I’m Glad I Now Know

As I set down the book of my Juniata Experience, I reflect on the many lessons I gleaned over my four years at Juniata College. From graduating with an individualized Program of Emphasis to coming to terms with being a student-athlete throughout COVID-19, here are some lessons I’ve learned at JC.

Don’t fret about what comes next. Even during my first year, there were students who had clear plans about what they wanted to do after graduation – going to law school, medical school, teaching or more. By my junior and senior year even more of my peers had plans set in stone. I was different. Sitting at my desk for hours each week brainstorming ideas, I still didn’t feel that same drive to commit to some idea of who I want to be that I wasn’t fully on board with. It wasn’t until my last semester of college that same drive to decide finally came. It’s okay not to know what awaits you after Juniata, but once something motivating jumps out, make sure to grab on to that next adventure and hold on tight!

Motivation can come from anywhere. This lesson I learned from the journey leading up to my next adventure after college. I’ve vacationed outside the US before, but never lived elsewhere for an extended period of time. When COVID-19 crushed my opportunity to study Communications abroad in Germany in Summer 2020, I felt even more motivated to travel overseas. I briefly held out hope that a reprieve would come in the form of a trip to Brazil for my men’s volleyball team to play in a preseason tournament my final semester. Not surprisingly, even that was postponed. In the winter when I was given the chance to continue both my academic and athletic career by getting a Master’s Degree in England, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. Although the decision was my own, the opportunity given to me came thanks to the complete higher education experience that I underwent at Juniata. And, the motivation driving my leap of faith to move overseas to earn an MA was thanks to the strong encouragement to study abroad and opportunities for travel at Juniata that I was sad to have missed.

Live in the moment was the most important lesson I learned from Juniata. When people told me freshman year that four years will pass in the blink of an eye, I had no idea what they meant. It wasn’t possible then for me to see that one day soon, I would be walking across the stage to pick up my diploma, saying so long to the halls of BAC and having an especially sentimental final meal at Baker. It’s sad when the chapter titled ‘College’ in the book of our lives closes but part of living in my new present means living with our connection to Juniata.

As an alumni I expect to stay connected with both the lessons learned and people met through my alma mater. And when it’s your turn to leave the nest, I hope you don’t forget your eagle family either.

Exploring (temporarily) abandoned buildings at Juniata | Episode 4 | Summer Special w/ Brohan

Take a look inside temporarily abandoned buildings at Juniata, throwback to the last semester, and meet my friend Nikunj! – Rohan

Weekend Shenanigans | Episode 3 | Summer Special w/ Brohan

Yo what’s up JC, brohan here! Here’s a fun one about my first Fourth of July weekend in the States. Explore Raystown Lake with me, learn how to make the best grilled cheese in the world (you’ll be proud of me mom), and finally get a glimpse of the fireworks show in Huntingdon. Also, thank you Rob for inviting me to your boat!

-Rohan