Uphill Climb on the Accounting Career Path

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MAY 2008 - I’d like to thank Lou Grumet for his column “Minorities in the Accounting Profession: Much Remains to Be Done” (January 2008). Highlighting this problem is important, now more than ever. However, the facts are discouraging because they show that African-Americans in particular are continually underrepresented in the accounting profession.

This is my second year on the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) Advisory Board for the NYSSCPA’s Brooklyn Chapter. Last year was quite an experience for me, starting with an event in January where potential participants and their parents or guardians were invited to learn more about the program and the recruitment and interviewing processes.

COAP is not only introducing high school students to the accounting profession with the intent that they will continue on that career path, it also provides them with guidance in career planning, among other things, and for that, COAP is bound to become a household name.

I wish I had known about COAP when I graduated from Hunter College in 1993. After graduation, I decided to have a family first, but now I am prepared to get into public accounting. My goal is to start anywhere and eventually excel in federal audit.

I am a minority through and through in this profession: an African-American, a female, and a mother.

Jeneba Bangura
Auditor, MTA Audit Services
New York, N.Y.










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