My Involvement: Interview with UBC TACS Troy Chesley

I am a fourth year Bcom student at the UBC Sauder School of Business. In my free time I enjoy running, swimming and playing basketball. I also love reading and learning about history, which has led me to pursue a history minor in addition to my accounting courses. Next Fall I will be starting full time at BDO in Audit and Assurance.

What interests you about becoming a CPA?

Becoming a CPA is something that I want to do for the skill set and knowledge you acquire. There are few other professions where you will be relied upon so heavily for your business acumen, leadership, and trustworthiness. CPA’s are also always in demand and it gives you a chance to work in virtually any location and sector.

How have your extracurricular involvements helped you in becoming a CPA? What opportunities did it provide?

Getting involved in accounting related positions both professionally and in school really helped me decide that pursing a CPA was right for me. I have been involved with the UBC Tax Assistance Clinic for Students for the past two years, last year as Social Director before taking on the role of Co-President this year. I got the chance to see the industry side as well, doing two summer internships at Kobelt Manufacturing where I worked on costing, pricing and financial reporting. These experiences allowed me to see different paths that a career in accounting could take me, whether they be in industry, tax, or audit as I decided. Getting a variety of experiences while you are still in school is a great way to learn what you like and what you don’t like, while you can still easily adjust your career trajectory.

What are some tips you can share about the Public Practice/ Industry Recruit process?

The best thing you can do to be successful in CPA recruit is going to the firm events and networking sessions. Firms get so many qualified candidates, so at the end of the day it really comes down to who they can see themselves working with. The only way they can see themselves working with you is if you come out to the events and meet the reps! On top of that, remember to be yourself and not who you think the firms want you to be. All the firms are looking for genuine people.

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