[National Volunteer Week 2019] Member Ambassador Spotlight: Travis Powell, Telus

It’s National Volunteer Week! With this year’s theme being “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities”, we are celebrating and recognizing the exponential impact of our CPABC Member Ambassador Volunteers and their efforts in supporting CPABC’s student recruitment.

With one article everyday this week, this is one of five articles, featuring interviews with our Member Ambassadors.

 

Meet Travis Powell, CPA, Treasury Manager, Finance at Telus

What’s the most memorable moment in your path to becoming a CPA?

Stepping out of the exam room on the last day of the CFE was very memorable, knowing that your best foot was put forward and nothing could be done between then and the results release date. It makes you think back and reflect on the years of perseverance and time invested especially in the months leading up to the CFE, the connections and relationships built along the way, and the experience and perspectives gained throughout the modules to best position your career into the future regardless of the CFE outcome.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about CPAs?

There’s always the stereotype that accountants only analyze numbers day in and day out, but that’s only a portion of what it means to be a CPA. As CPAs, we are well positioned as business advisors, helping businesses  grow, demonstrating leadership, and implementing change.

What is one thing you’d say to someone who wants to become a CPA?

Great choice, you’re in for an exciting career! Be prepared to effectively manage your time. In addition to working full-time, you will have the additional responsibility of completing weekly assignments as you progress through the modules that will test your ability to balance your time between work, the CPA PEP program, and any extra-curricular activities. However, make sure to leave time for yourself to recharge and prevent burnout, especially leading up to the CFE. The work load will be strenuous at times but it’s all about finding your rhythm to get through each step along the way.

How has your CPA helped you get to where you are today in your career?

The CPA program provides fundamental career tools, stressing the importance of key skills including leadership and communication. It’s one thing to be able to analyze a problem, however it’s just as important to be able to clearly articulate a message about the analysis, whether that’s through a conversation, presentation, or memo to your audience. The CPA program did an excellent job emphasizing communication throughout the modules, directly helping me become a more effective communicator throughout various roles and responsibilities both in and outside of the workplace.

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