The OSCPA hosted a three-part Virtual Career Series in March to give students the opportunity to explore becoming a CPA, learn more about different areas of accounting and build their networking skills.
"Our team has made the Society's largest student event of the year bigger and better by offering three nights of professional guidance and networking in a virtual environment to help [students] navigate the new changes and challenges we face as a profession," said OSCPA President and CEO Blaine Peterson, CPA, JD, in his opening remarks.
Each part of the series focused on a different area of career development, giving students a chance to learn first hand from professionals what it takes be a CPA.
Part One - Keynote Presentation
On March 9, the series kicked off with a keynote presentation by Casey Pierce, CPA, with Klingenberg and Associates PC in Oklahoma City.
Pierce, a member of the OSCPA's 2021 Trailblazer class, provided an overview of the accounting profession and discussed how becoming a CPA can accelerate a career in accounting.
"The thing about public accounting is, you are very limited in how far you can go without a CPA," Pierce said. "I would have closed a lot of doors for myself if I had not pursued the CPA."
Part Two: "Prepare to Be Hired" (Panel)
On March 23, students participated in a professional panel to learn first hand from CPAs and recruiters what it takes to get noticed in the accounting industry.
Panelists included OSCPA members Josh Elder, CPA, Ross Roye, CPA, and Wendy Thompson, CPA, as well as accounting recruiter Erin Johnston.
Students received advice on job search preparation – such as resume do's and don'ts, skills that get job candidates noticed, how to negotiate a job offer and red flags employers look for.
Panelists were also able to provide insight on how the pandemic has changed the hiring process.
"We're seeing more people go back to in-person interviews, but I don't see virtual interviews going away," said Johnston, an accounting recruiter at the Addison Group. "A lot of accounting positions can be remote now."
Part Three: Group Mock Interviews
On March 30, the Virtual Career Series concluded with an hour of group mock interviews. Students were able to apply the information they learned throughout the series and practice sharpening interviewing skills.
OSCPA members Josh Elder, CPA, Monika Turek, CPA, and Steve Milam, CPA, PFS, worked with students to simulate real-life interviews, asking questions as if they were hiring attendees to work for their firm or company. Students were also given personalized feedback on their resumes and interviewing skills.
What would an OSCPA career event be without prizes? We gave away more than $500 in gift cards and multiple CPA Exam prep scholarships thanks to our generous sponsors. Congratulations to all of our winners: Solange Bobga; April Galindo-Liongco; Nina St. George; Trey Peck; and Krysten Williams.
For more information about upcoming student events and to learn more about OSCPA student membership, visit the OSCPA's Future CPAs page.
Thank you to our volunteers!
Josh Elder, CPA - Peters & Chandler PC
Erin Johnston - Addison Group
Steve Milam, CPA, PFS - Milam & Associates, PLLC
Casey Pierce, CPA - Klingenberg and Associates PC
Ross Roye, CPA - Gray, Blodgett & Company
Wendy Thompson, CPA - Love's
Monika Turek, CPA - HoganTaylor LLP