- It’s Your Chance to Understand Each Firm’s Culture
Each of the Big Four firms have a unique culture. Understanding and appreciating the culture at each firm is valuable when deciding where you can see yourself working, and when trying to sell yourself through your cover letter. The best way to come to understand a firm’s culture is through conversations with the people who work there–and not just one or two brief chats– meaningful conversations with a diverse selection of staff. The Winter Speaker Series offers that opportunity.
- It’s Convenient
The Winter Speaker Series is held at Schulich at 5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week (March 7, 8, and 10). This means that you can attend right after your afternoon classes end, with no hassle in travelling downtown.
- It’s Low-Pressure
SAS has created the Winter Speaker Series to offer intimate-style networking with opportunities for students to have natural conversations with firm representatives. The Winter Speaker Series will allow students to have meaningful conversations, and listen to interesting discussions, in a comfortable environment.
- It’s a Great Chance to Introduce Yourself to Recruiters
The Winter Speaker Series will be well-attended by recruiters and accountants from each event, and it’s your time to shine. Bring along some business cards, because you will be able to expand your personal brand by meeting new people from any of the three firms attending.
- It’s Your Opportunity to Learn More About Accounting and the CPA Designation
As an accounting student, it’s alright to be uncertain about the CPA designation, or your career path in general! The Winter Speaker Series is here to help. The best people to ask about career planning, and the designation, are those who have recently gone through the process. Through networking sessions and fascinating discussions, the Winter Speaker Series will allow students to explore the opportunities that await in the accounting field.
- It’s an Excellent Way to Meet New People
Beside great exposure to big-four staff and recruiters, the Winter Speaker Series will offer opportunities to meet new students from Schulich with interests similar to yours. It’s a great way to meet your academic colleagues and expand who you know at Schulich, which can be helpful if you’re looking to build friendships or meet new partners for case competitions.
- It Can Help You See Each Firm in a New Light
If you’re new to the networking game, your exposure to each firm may just be through their website. While that’s a great way to get started, it’s nowhere near the level of communication and understanding that can be achieved with face-to-face discussions. The Winter Speaker Series will allow students to come to understand the differences between major accounting firms, and give a glimpse of what it’s like to work at each.
- It’s a Way to Get Advice From Professionals
If you have a complex challenge with a school project, case competition, or work problem, here’s your chance to ask a highly-qualified professional! Bringing personal challenges and asking for advice at networking sessions allows you to hold a unique and memorable conversation, and can result in key piece of advice that helps solve your challenge. Note that this only works in intimate networking sessions, and students should avoid coming across as a complainer.
- It’s a Way to Gain Positive Influence in Your Life
Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Whether or not that’s accurate (how could we calculate it?), there is something to be said about choosing to surround yourself with positive influences. The Winter Speaker Series can help boost your average. In attendance at our event, you’ll find passionate students and engaging professionals: just the crowd where you belong.
- It’s a Chance to Improve Your Communication Skills
Practise makes perfect. Each networking session you attend offers a chance to improve how you hold conversations with professionals. If you’re new to networking, the Winter Speaker Series is a great way to learn how to network effectively through practise and observation.