How the CPABC Campus Access Profile Helped an SFU Student Land a Great Accounting Job
Can an undergrad still working on his or her degree find work through CPABC even before they have entered the CPA program? In a word, yes.
Consider the case of Megha Gautam. When the Simon Fraser University student entered the last semester of her Bachelors of Business Administration degree, she wondered what her next step toward becoming a CPA should be. Like many of her peers, a job in public practice at an accounting firm and a date with the CPA Fall Recruit seemed the (only) logical way to go.
Searching for an alternative, Megha spotted a notice from the SFU Accounting Students Association announcing CPABC’s Campus Access Profile. The CPABC Campus Access Profile is an online database designed to connect post-secondary accounting students directly with employers looking for potential employees. With nothing to lose and graduation on the horizon, Megha set up a Campus Access Profile and waited to see what would happen next. A few weeks later, Megha and other students who had completed the Campus Access Profile were invited to CPABC’s Speed Interview event in March to interview with companies from CPABC’s Career Connect employer program.
One of the companies Megha interviewed with was The Whitefish Group, a holding company based in Vancouver’s upscale Yaletown neighbourhood. The Whitefish Group, through its subsidiaries, operates a cocktail bar and lounge; delivers organic groceries; manufactures green tea and energy drinks; distributes wines, spirits, and ales; operates a football club; and owns and operates hair salons.
A couple of weeks after the event, Megha received a call from the company for a second interview. She was eventually offered a position as a junior staff accountant and started work in April. Working closely with and reporting to the controller, Megha will be handling many accounting priorities for The Whitefish Group.
As a participating company in CPABC’s Career Connect employer program, The Whitefish Group will be providing Megha with ongoing support in her career development, providing her with relevant work experience, and assisting with her tuition towards the CPA program.
Not bad for someone who will complete her BBA from SFU this spring and has yet to begin the CPA program (she starts in September 2015).
When it comes to the different paths a future CPA can take to gain the professional experience they need for the CPA designation, the possibilities are endless. Students should utilize as many of the tools available to them as they can—whether it’s going through the process of CPA Fall Recruit, accessing opportunities through the Campus Access Profile, speed interview events, or some other means, one of them is bound to work. “It worked for me!” says Megha.
Post-secondary students in their final year of studies, can create their Campus Access Profile and be included in a database that is open to employers. In turn, these employers may use the Campus Access Profile to identify potential candidates for networking events, speed interview nights, office tours, or engage directly for future employment opportunities. CPABC’s Campus Access Profile also provides graduating post-secondary students temporary access to the CPABC Careers Site to view job postings. To create your CPABC Campus Access Profile, click here.