My Involvement: Interview with UBC TACS Daniel Li

My name is Daniel Li and I’m currently a 3rd year undergraduate student at the UBC Sauder School of Business. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in Accounting Co-op. At school, I have been involved with the UBC Tax Assistance Clinic for Students (UBC TACS) for 3 years as a volunteer and a supervisor and I’m currently one of the Co-Presidents of UBC TACS for the 2018-19 school year. Outside of classes and outside of taxes, I am currently a beater and a seeker for the UBC Quidditch Team and I recently represented UBC at the Quidditch Canada National Championships in the Spring of 2018.

What interests you about becoming a CPA?

There are two main reasons why I am interested in becoming a CPA. The first reason is because of the wide range of job opportunities that are open to those who have a CPA designation. CPAs can work in public practice, private companies, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and many more organizations which shows that the doors are wide open for anyone who has a CPA designation. The second reason why I’m interested in becoming a CPA is the prestige and respect that comes along with obtaining your CPA designation. The CPA designation is the highest designation that an accountant can achieve and it is highly valued by employers across the country which will greatly help to increase job security.

What has been your greatest professional accomplishment so far?

For me, my greatest professional accomplishment was when I landed my first co-op job this past summer. Last year, I joined the UBC Sauder Co-op Program to help me gain professional work experience while I complete my degree. However, it was incredibly difficult to find my first co-op work term as I applied to several co-op job postings, but I never heard anything back from the majority of these employers. After applying to approximately 30 jobs, I finally landed a job with UBC Camps from May 2018 to August 2018 as their Finance and Logistics Assistant. This position gave me valuable experience with working with Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable along with assisting with payroll for all camp staff. Landing this job was by far my greatest professional accomplishment in my young career.

Are you involved with any school clubs? What experience did it provide you and what was your greatest achievement?

My biggest involvement with school clubs is with the UBC Tax Assistance Clinic for Students (UBC TACS). I joined UBC TACS as a volunteer in my first year at UBC and I really enjoyed the experience of helping students to file their tax returns and getting real-world experience with dealing with taxes. In my second year at UBC, I returned to UBC TACS as a supervisor to help supervise volunteers and to answer any questions that volunteers had. This experience gave me a valuable opportunity to meet many volunteers and supervisors and to help me expand my network. After 2 years with UBC TACS, I am looking forward to taking on a greater role as the Co-President of UBC TACS to help grow the organization for the 2018-19 school year.

Learn more about the UBC TACS | Tax Assistant Clinic for Students here!