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Surmounting the two-year-experience dilemma – Part 2

In part 2 of our two-part blog post, CPABC’s Manager of Employment Initiatives, Dan Relihan, CPA, CGA, MBA, concludes our exploration of the two-year-experience dilemma by explaining how new grads might still get a shot at the entry-level interview even when the employer states that they require significant related experience.


In our previous post we noted a Read Story

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Surmounting the two-year-experience dilemma – Part 1

This is the first of a two-part blog post in which CPABC’s Manager of Employment Initiatives, Dan Relihan, CPA, CGA, MBA, will explore why so many employers ask for two years of experience for entry-level jobs, and how you can get the interview anyway.


We’re all too familiar with this dilemma, and just as baffled byRead Story

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Top 5 Winning Personality Traits


We came across an article on that listed the top 5 personality traits employers hire most. Universum, a Swedish employer branding firm, collected the data by interviewing 1,200 of the world’s top companies, and ranked the traits by importance.


The five traits are:


Professionalism. 86 per cent of recruiters and hiring managers look for aRead Story

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CPABC Case Competition Winners

The inaugural Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC) Case Competition gave post-secondary students from all over the province an opportunity to develop their case analysis and presentation skills, compete, have fun, and earn cash prizes.


The first round of the competition took place in November 2014, when more than 30 teams from nine post-secondary campuses in BC competed forRead Story

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Investing in Post-Secondary Education Pays Off

The BC Ministry of Advanced Education released some statistics earlier this week that demonstrate the value of post-secondary education and the earning potential gains a person can make when they invest in a post-secondary diploma, trade, or degree.


The 2014 BC Stats shows the additional lifetime earnings of someone with a post-secondary education. For example, someoneRead Story

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CPA Connect 2015 with UBC according to Twitter

CPABC’s annual Connect networking dinner with UBC brings together CPAs, CPABC Career Connect employment partners, and accounting students from the UBC Sauder School of Business. This year’s event took place at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in downtown Vancouver and facilitated hundreds of networking connections. Some of the companies represented include Canaccord Genuity Corp., Deloitte, DMCL, Ernst & Young LLP, GallowayRead Story

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UBC students mix and mingle with tax professionals at the Welcome Session for Volunteers sponsored by CPA. Photographer: Amethyst Chen

A Time of Giving

If there was ever a time of year associated with giving you wouldn’t necessarily think of the month of  March, but for the past 12 years, during tax time, a group of students from UBC volunteer their time and skills to help educate and assist students and low-income individuals in filing their Canadian tax returns. The UBC Tax Assistance ClinicsRead Story

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CPABC Case Competition: Team Langara

We are counting down the days to the CPABC Case Competition taking place in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, February 7. Nine teams from schools across BC will be competing in the final round of the case competition to become the inaugural CPABC Business Case Competition champion.


We have already introduced you to UBC’s Tea(m) and we know thatRead Story

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JDC West 2015: The Videos

Each year at JDC West, the largest business case competition in Western Canada, participating schools kick off the games with a video that introduces each team.  Likewise, each year, as presenting sponsor of the games, CPA tries to match the creativity of the students with a fun video of our own to inspire everyone to become aRead Story

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Jas Randhawa, Michael Bedjo, and Diane Chung of the Chartered Professional Accountants cutting the ribbon at the JDC West 2015 Opening Ceremony.

Sharp Minds of Students and Business Mark 10th Year of JDC West

This year was the 10th anniversary of JDC West and CPA was proud to be there as the presenting sponsor. We recently sat down with Jas Randhawa, CPA, CGA, MBA, manager of recruitment & employment at CPABC, who was at the games to represent CPA and asked him to share a little bit of his JDC West 2015 experience withRead Story

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