New Adviser Tapped for Accounting Students at Baruch

You’ve got a mind for math and love crunching numbers. You get excited whenever the IRS issues a new tax code. Are you cut out to be an accountant? Zeljko Sockovic can help you answer that question. As the first-ever Ernst & Young–sponsored student advisor in Baruch’s Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, Sockovic has the experience and knowledge to work with students who may still be on the fence about making a career choice.

A Baruch alumnus who earned a double-major undergraduate degree (Economics and English, ’03) and a master’s degree (Accountancy ’08) here, Sockovic is responsible for helping to facilitate and expand the connection between students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and the accounting department. He is also the liaison for all accounting firms that recruit from Baruch.

Sockovic said that a major goal of the job is “to help the college identify accounting talent so that we can send potential future leaders to these accounting firms. We don’t want to send foot soldiers; we want to send future leaders.” He added, “It will be very challenging and a lot of fun working with different people.”

As the first person to hold this newly–created student advisor position, the 39-year-old Croatian native brings to the job a strong background in working with students, and working in the business sector. He has been the assistant director of Zicklin’s Executive Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations program (MSILR), as well as a teaching assistant.

“This is a great position. We are very thankful,” said Masako Darough, a professor and chairman of the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, and the person to whom Sockovic will report directly.

Lewis Kramer, a 1970 Baruch graduate and a Ernst and Young partner said that his company is “committed to supporting Baruch and improving education in NYC. We believe by better informing students about the various opportunities there are in accounting, tax and advisory firms such as our’s, we will help to achieve that objective.”

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