The Proof Is In Our People
Why Iram Chose Rider
"Mr. Jay Fishman, my high school accounting teacher, is a Rider graduate and he introduced me to Rider’s accounting program. When I learned that it was AACSB accredited, I knew that if I wanted to succeed in business and accounting, Rider was the place for me."
Rider's Impact on Iram's Success
During sophomore year, Dr. Dorothy McMullen’s Fraud Examination and Business Forensics class opened Iram’s eyes to a career in forensic accounting. She later participated in the Internal Revenue Service’s Adrian Project — a daylong mock criminal investigation held on the Rider campus — which connected her to IRS special agents who have provided valuable guidance. “I dreamed of becoming an accountant with a badge,” says Iram, whose accounting degree includes a concentration in Fraud and Business Forensics.
With help from Anne Mandel in Rider’s business career services office, Iram gained professional experience during a six-month finance co-op with Johnson & Johnson and an audit internship at KPMG. During her co-op, she also benefited from taking the required, discussion-based course, Professional Development Seminar, taught by Mark Kasrel, an Executive-in-Residence Harper Professor in the College of Business Administration. “This course really helped enhance my presentation and communication skills,” says Iram.
Following her internship with KPMG, Iram was offered a full-time job with the Big 4 public accounting firm. She started working at KPMG in fall of 2013 after earning her Master of Accountancy from Rider in May. Iram, who loves her new job, is now studying for the CPA exam and already has passed one of four parts. She is a frequent visitor to Rider and speaks at Accounting Society meetings.
Iram's younger sister, Anam, also chose Rider to study accounting. Anam earned enough AP credits in high school that she was able to graduate from Rider a year early.
Born to Lead
As a Rider undergrad, Iram held five leadership positions, including president of the Accounting Society, treasurer of the Institute of Management Accountants, secretary of Beta Alpha Psi and event planner for the Accounting Department.
As a community service project, Iram created a high school recruiting program created to educate students about accounting and opportunities at Rider.