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CPA Fall Recruit Experience featuring Justin Uyeno

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Our blog post this week comes from Justin Uyeno. Justin is currently a 4th year student majoring in Accounting at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and a Summer Associate at PwC. Justin shares his CPA Fall Recruit experience with us.


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

I participated in the 2014 CPA Fall Recruit. I did the Fall Recruit at the end of my first year because I wanted to take the opportunity to challenge myself. I wanted to take what I learned in my first year at Sauder and apply it to a real life setting to gain real life experience.


How many events did you attend and where?

As part of the UBC Accounting Club (from a First Year Representative in my first year, to Treasurer in my second year and finally as President in my third year), I had the opportunity to attend all of the events hosted by the club as well as firm events in Vancouver.


How did you prepare for the events?

I tried to have a positive attitude at all times, and I did my research before attending any events. Networking events are a time to create connections and relationships – not to ask questions that can be easily found on the company’s website.


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

My biggest tip would be to be yourself. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. Too many times I see students put way too much pressure on themselves to be someone that they think that the firm wants them to be. That’s not the right way to approach Fall Recruit, because at the end of the day it’s about finding the right fit for yourself and for the firm.


How are you enjoying your work now?

I really enjoy being a Summer Associate. It’s great to be learning and growing with a group of likeminded individuals who are going through the same process as me. Working at PwC during the summer has given me the opportunity to gain a lot of close relationships within the firm.


The work that I do as an intern is very detailed and specific, so at times it’s hard to see the bigger picture, but it definitely encourages us to ask a lot of questions. There is a strong mentorship culture at PwC where the senior associates are very supportive of your personal and career growth.


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

Make time for personal hobbies and relationships. For me personally, I like to go on hikes to unwind or go out with friends at the end of the day to de-stress.


Do you have any final words of advice for students participating in the 2016 CPA Fall Recruit?
Have fun, enjoy the process and don’t put too much pressure on yourself! It isn’t the end of the world if you don’t get a job from the CPA Recruit. There are only a certain amount of spots available within the firms, but you have to remember that there are jobs outside of public practice. There are so many opportunities in industry and those jobs have their own merits. If you fail, just get back up and try again.




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