At the February 19th meeting of UPAA, members participated in a service project that will benefit elementary school children with special needs. Members assembled “texture books” to help children express their sensory skills. Students were able to design and assemble their own books using a variety of materials. The next meeting of UPAA will be February 26th.
At the February 12th meeting of UPAA, Mary Beth Allen, the recruiter from EY, gave a presentation to club members focusing on the three lines of service that EY provides. Two assurance and one advisory professional attended and were able to provide information about their experiences within EY. They shared experiences both on the job and regarding their transitions from college to professional life. Mary Beth also described EY’s vision, called Vision 20/20, which displays the plan for success of both the company and the firm’s employees. Firm programs are driven by growth, momentum, and opportunity within EY. As a firm, EY provides a challenging, fast-paced environment where employees are continually learning. Each intern and full-time hire receives a counselor, who serves as a mentor and career coach throughout their time at EY. Potential interns have the opportunity to choose from a number of lines of service. EY will be hosting an Emerging Leaders Program for rising juniors, and the deadline to apply is February 16.
At the February 5th meeting of UPAA, President John Gray talked to club members about upcoming Pitt Business events, including Target’s Day of Service on February 16th. This week’s club meeting highlighted a presentation from Melissa, a tax partner at Grant Thornton. In her presentation, she gave an overview of the public accounting career path at Grant Thornton from Associate to Partner. She answered questions and gave personal testimony about the different service lines and career opportunities in accounting. A key point discussed at tonight’s meeting was the idea that learning is a continued process, every day on the job will be a learning experience.
This week’s meeting featured a presentation from Nancy, the Pitt recruiter for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a current Pitt senior who will be starting with PwC full-time in the fall. They engaged in a discussion with members of UPAA about the opportunities that PwC provides for students, especially highlighting the Elevate program. Designed for sophomore and junior accounting students, Elevate provides a glimpse into the daily functions of the professional service firm. Along with fostering leadership and networking skills, Elevate offers a direct connection to future internships and job opportunities at PwC. Nancy also discussed the means of obtaining an internship or full-time placement within PwC and provided interviewing tips for students. The PwC feedback system was also described, which provides real-time feedback to employees to help them to achieve their best. Students must be on the CPA track to obtain 150 credits in order to be considered for the elevate program.
First, Arielle Schweber from the Pitt Business Study Abroad office came to speak to us about the Global Business Institute in London. There is a summer study abroad program designed specifically for accounting. During the program, there is an option to do an international internship.
Next, Maria Simon, the representative from Becker spoke. She discussed the five steps to becoming a CPA: meet the educational requirements, apply to take the CPA, study, schedule the exam, and succeed. An applicant has eighteen months to pass the financial accounting and reporting, auditing, regulation, and business environment and concepts parts of the CPA. The four blackout months when no tests are offered are March, June, September, and December.
At the November 27th meeting of UPAA a representative from Surgent CPA Review came to talk to the club about the CPA exam and the resources that Surgent provides. The Vice President of Market Development for Surgent, Paul Wiese, spoke about the goals that most recent accounting graduates aim to achieve; these are getting hired by an accounting firm and passing the CPA exam. He provided insightful information about the importance of face-to-face communication with recruiters in order to land internships and full-time jobs in the business world, along with a hand-out on potential interview questions. During his presentation, he went into detail about the format of the CPA exam and the best way to successfully tackle the exam. A key point Wiese stressed was the 18-month expiration period of the exam. Wiese also talked about he Surgent CPA Review Program and the nonlinear nature of the course. Surgent helps students study what they do not already know, along with saving time by specializing their study approach and providing personalized coaching.
Tonight, UPAA held a philanthropy night. Morgan, the service chair, let a project from Pitt Serves. We made blankets for dogs in shelters.
On November 7, UPAA held a speed networking event with associates from Baker Tilly and BDO. Members of UPAA were divided into five groups. Each group spent around fifteen minutes with an associate, prior to rotating. This event gave members the opportunity to ask questions and learn about working in both audit and tax.
Tonight, UPAA held a philanthropy night. We decorated candy to create Halloween themed goodies to give to the children at The Ronald McDonald House. The club will be volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House on October 29.
At the beginning of tonight’s meeting, we went over announcements including the Pitt business trip to Philadelphia. We then participated in networking within our club. We split into teams and played Kahoot. Winners of the 15 question trivia will receive UPAA swag of some sort.