Top 5 reasons you should join the CPABC Case Competition

By Jessica Chan, Senior Student Recruitment Officer, CPABC

Throughout your undergraduate career, you will be exposed to many case studies, academic theories and quizzes. Case competitions are a great way to test all your skills in critical thinking, leadership, teamwork and communication. Read below for 5 top reasons as to why you should sign up for the CPABC Case Competition today:

1­) Apply your business strategy knowledge and gain hands on experience

The CPABC Case Competition is a not only an accounting case competition. In fact, we recognize that accountants face diverse business problems every day and want to mirror the same challenge with the case competition. The two rounds of cases are both focused on business strategy and using creative ways to solve organization problems. Be prepared to draw from all areas of your soft skills and business acumen. The competition is open to students in all faculties and we encourage students with different academic levels to come together and learn from one another.

Check out the rules and regulations here!

2) Network with CPA Members and employers

Looking for a co-op or internship? Want to expand your network? The CPABC Case Competition also includes a networking reception as part of the final case presentation day. CPA Member Ambassadors from industry, public practice and government are invited to attend and share their CPA journey with students. This exclusive opportunity is a great way to learn more about what it is like to be a CPA and hear advice from CPAs who have gone through the same experiences you have!

Check out the photos from our last celebration gala here!

3) Travel to Vancouver with a subsidy

The CPABC Case Competition is designed so every student will have an equal opportunity to participate. Round 1 takes place in the comfort of your own home, allowing students to submit the case via video recording. Round 2 takes place in Vancouver’s Terminal City Club, intended to bring students to the heart of Vancouver’s business district. As a special feature, CPABC will provide travel subsidies for all students outside of the lower mainland. Students will not only experience the competition itself, but also enjoy an evening in Vancouver!

For more information on the travel subsidy, contact casecompetition@bccpa.ca!

4) Boost your CPA resume and cover letter

Participating in case competitions are a great way to add tangible business experiences to your resume. Showing your participation in extra-curricular activities indicates to employers that you are driven and willing to keep pushing your potential. As case competitions typically require your analysis and presentation in a tight time-frame, employers will be well aware of your stamina and your ability to work under pressure.

As an added bonus, the CPABC case competition is well recognized by members and employers throughout BC. Students who are aspiring CPAs can be sure this competition will help your resume stand out from the crowd!

Check out some effective resume tips here!

5) Experience the thrill in the familiar BC environment

Case competitions vary in size, starting within classes and ranging to international competitions from various schools. The CPABC case competition is a mid-sized competition within the province and allows students to practice competition skills in a safe and familiar environment. This competition is a great choice for both students trying out case competitions for the first time and experienced students who are gaining more practice.

Check out this article about competing in competitions for the first time (Globe and Mail)!

Case Competition

The Annual CPABC Case Competition is accepting team applications until January 30th! Register now HERE.