From MBA to Big 4 Accounting Firm EY, Shivani Launches Career

Meet Shivani Shah, a recent Master of Business Administration (MBA) Rowan graduate from South Brunswick, NJ (Middlesex County) who will hold an Assurance Staff position at EY (Ernst & Young) this September. Shivani worked hard over the past four years at Rowan, earning her B.S. in Accounting and, immediately after, achieving her MBA. Learn how her experiences at Rowan led her to a position at one of the “Big-4” accounting firms. 

Young lady with a grey shirt that references Rowan University's Roher College of Business standing in the foreground with trees in the backgroundThrough her involvement at Rowan, Shivani became connected with EY’s recruiters, leading to an internship at the company. She held the internship while finishing her graduate program; eventually ending with an offer for a full-time position. “The reason I got this job was because of Rowan and having the opportunity to work alongside the EY recruiters,” Shivani revealed. Through the MBA program, Shivani got to work alongside similar minded people – students who want to be there and see you achieve your goals.

Young lady wearing a black jacket and jeans standing under a Earnest & Young Accounting Firm sign
Shivani eagerly posing at her new job.

“It’s very exciting but it’s also nerve-wracking because they expect a lot from you, but they really want you to learn a lot,” Shivani says, referring to her upcoming role at EY. As an Assurance Staff member, Shivani will act as an auditor reviewing various EY clients, potentially working with companies including Hewlett Packard, Coca Cola, Lockheed Martin, and many others.

Young lady in a graduation gown with a dozen cords posing inside a white gazeboDuring Shivani’s freshman year she quickly took the initiative, joining various clubs including the Accounting Society, Beta Alpha Psi (international honor organization for financial information students and professionals) and Beta Gamma Sigma (business honor society.) She eventually became the academic senator of the Rohrer College of Business, events coordinator of Rowan Rangeela, and a volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). “A lot of people might not realize as a freshman you can gain a leadership position.” Shivani continues, “As you get more involved you hear about more opportunities that interest you.”

“Get to know your professors – these are the resources that can help you network. What you put in is what you’ll get out of it,” Shivani advises future MBA students. 

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Story by: Alexander Belli, new graduate B.A. in public relations and advertising
Photos contributed by: Shivani Shah