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CPA Fall Recruit Experience featuring Clayton Dendy

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Our blog post this week comes from Clayton Dendy. Clayton is currently a Consultant (Enterprise Risk) at Deloitte Canada. Clayton shares his CPA Fall Recruit experience with us.


What made you decide to participate in the CPA Fall Recruit?

In 2011, I decided to enroll in the Kwantlen Polytechnic University BBA – Accounting program while playing on the school’s Men’s Basketball team. During my second year at KPU, I started thinking about what I would do after graduation. I began asking the faculty and reading online about the different ways to start a career in accounting. After a teacher’s recommendation, I began volunteering with the Accounting Society of Kwantlen and attending CPA recruiting events. During recruit, I focussed on joining a firm where my personality fit. This ultimately helped me land at Deloitte.


What was your experience like during CPA Fall Recruit?

I participated in the 2013 and 2015 CPA Fall Recruits. In 2013, I didn’t know what to expect. My main priority was to meet as many people as I could, and to better understand every firm. I didn’t receive any offers that first year, but I went back two years later with a more focussed approach. I had a better understanding of firm cultures, and I worked on making meaningful and lasting connections.


How many events did you attend and where?

As an executive on the Accounting Society of Kwantlen, I attended nearly all the events and helped organize some. Most of the events that KPU students attended were with firms in the Fraser Valley. In my mind, I wanted to work and live in Vancouver’s city center, so I made a conscious effort to connect with representatives located Downtown.


It can be challenging to make these connections coming from a smaller school, so it was important to make the most of every opportunity.


What tips can you provide to students seeking employment with small, medium, and large firms?

Learn the values of the firm that you are applying for. Know their general business model, organizational hierarchy, what your job would be like, who you would be working with, etc.. If you’re interested in a firm, be prepared to speak to representatives and ask thoughtful questions that show your understanding of the company and your interest in what they do.


Don’t try to create a false persona. Cultural fit is so important for your overall job satisfaction, so above all else, be yourself.


Although it’s great to get a job at a national firm, it isn’t the end of the world if it doesn’t work out. It is an amazing opportunity, but it is not the only opportunity.


How are you enjoying your work now?

It’s great. I’m learning every day and I am humbled to grow alongside my co-workers.  In my current role, I get to combine my passions for accounting and technology.


Fall Recruit is a very stressful time for many students, what do you suggest they should do to alleviate that stress?

I love sports and being active. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress. I’m currently part of a volleyball league that I participate in twice a week. I have found it useful to book something concrete into my schedule that forces me to take a break from studying (for my CPA designation) and work.


I am also developing a mindfulness and meditation practice. Meditating helps train my mind not to react to every thought. Taking time during the day to sit down and be quiet for a few minutes makes a big difference.


Do you have any final words of advice for students participating in the 2016 CPA Fall Recruit?
Treat recruit as a learning experience. If nothing else, you will come out of it with some new skills and perspectives. Learn all you can, persevere and be yourself.



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