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When S-A-P leads to J-O-B
It’s one thing to be skilled at studying concepts and earning good grades. It’s another to actually use those concepts on the job.
Kristine Clements ’10 MSA ’12 learned how to do both early on. Her ability to apply technical training in software such as SAP software and Excel helped her navigate an internship into a full-time position at Boston Scientific (BSC).
“Although there were already a lot of great processes in place, I brought new ways to use technology,” she recalls of the summer internship following sophomore year. “Using Excel, for example, things that took hours could be done in minutes.”
The internship continued part-time during the academic year and the following summer. Working on issues such as fixed asset verification process, reconciliations, journal entries, unclaimed property, and cost center management, Clements found that lessons from an Accounting Information Systems course gave her a leg up in the office. A key component was the widely used SAP enterprise resource planning software.
“I didn’t just learn concepts, I used the system to flowchart a company process and examine its interaction with other systems,” she says. “Everything clicked because my coursework helped me understand the SAP system and what it could do, and the internship provided a place to put that knowledge to work.”
Her technical expertise proved impressive. After graduation, Clements was hired for a full-time analyst position at Boston Scientific. She is charged with performing audits of internal Boston Scientific processes and departments around the globe.
“When you combine the Bentley name with the required hands-on technology training (Excel, PowerPoint, SAP, Peachtree, ACL) employers and recruiters become very interested.”
Since joining BSC, Clements comes to campus to tap Bentley talent. The company specifically recruits for its rotational program, a two-year training ground for new college graduates that includes positions in a range of finance functions. “It helps you experience the company culture and figure out what areas of finance intrigue you,” she explains.
“The variety of courses throughout my four years helped me decide what I enjoyed doing and what I didn’t want to do. When I was job hunting, I knew what I wanted and employers noticed. They were excited, and more importantly, I was excited about a career I could picture doing for the next 40 years.”
Bentley incorporated SAP into the curriculum more than a decade ago (for the masters in Accounting and the full-time MBA). Since fall 2011, SAP’s ERP software has also been integrated into the required junior-year business processes and systems course.
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.
Princeton Review has ranked Bentley University the No. 1 college for internship opportunities in the United States as part of their 2017 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give you the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”