Tim Ehardt, 2017

MAJOR: Accounting
HOMETOWN: Blauvelt, NY

“The professors know what your goals are because they know your name." 

It’s not too often you meet a student who is A) walking in a May Commencement ceremony having B) completed an MBA in just one year who C) already has a job lined up with one of the Big Four. Then again, not too many students are like Tim Ehardt. Tim earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting last May (’17) and is graduating with an MBA this May (’18) with a concentration in Finance, and he begins working at Ernst & Young in the fall, becoming an Associate in the Advisory Services Group. (It should be noted that Ernst & Young was the position Tim accepted; it was not the only one he was offered.)

How is this possible? STAC makes it possible, as it offers a 5-year MBA program for Accounting students. Add to that the opportunities STAC provides for students to take on leadership roles and participate in competitions to develop rhetorical skills and writing prowess, and you have a recipe for success that STAC students know gives them an edge when applying for jobs.

Tim credits STAC with creating spaces both in and out of the classroom for him to cultivate skills in many important areas. “The communication, professional, and business skills I developed at STAC, not to mention the leadership roles I was able to take on, really propelled me to get this position at Ernst & Young. When I was on the job market, I felt really confident in my abilities because I was able to call upon my different experiences at STAC.” In addition to being in the five-year MBA program, Tim was also enrolled in STAC’s prestigious Honors program, which afforded him the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford University. Back home, Tim became President of both the Business Club and Investment Club.

Tim proudly recalls that “All of this rich history really made me feel qualified while I was interviewing for these high-powered jobs.” Tim shares that on his Super Day, (a term to describe the final round in a job recruiting process for Investment Banking), “sitting in a room with students from Ivy League schools and other prestigious programs, there was a noticeable difference in my communication skills as compared to theirs. I felt fortunate that STAC prepared me for that important moment.” Tim believes it is due to STAC’s small classes, and the relationship that is built between students and professors, that “professors knew what I wanted to do for my future and could relate real-world information in my courses to what I wanted to do when I graduated.” Tim believes none of this would have occurred had he attended a larger school.