By Quinton R. Arthur
The Accounting Club opened the semester with a general body meeting, a change from the student organization’s event-filled calendar.
“We usually only host events,” says President Bryant Riley. “But this semester we wanted to engage students more and pique the interest of the club.”
Riley, president of the organization and senior accounting major, says the organization has been beneficial to him. Through involvement in the club and networking, Riley was able to secure internship interviews with top accounting firms.
During the meeting, the Accounting Club outlined their upcoming schedule, which included guest speakers and events.
On the Feb. 23, the Becker Company was invited to speak. Becker is a Certified Public Accounting exam resource company. During the visit, they distributed studying packets and discussed upcoming changes for the 2017 CPA exam.
On March 23, the Accounting Club will be hosting Dr. Elizabeth Murphy for a workshop concerning the CPA exam. She will give an in-depth analysis on how students can effectively gain the 150 credit hours required for the CPA. The event will be an ice cream social.
Riley then began to talk about resources available to students in other local organizations, including the Illinois CPA Society and the Center for Economic Progress, among others.
In April, the club plans to go to the Illinois CPA Society office, where they will jump start career paths in accounting. The visit will include representatives from the big four accounting firms and other local firms in Chicago. Students will get advice on how to obtain internships and full-time employment, tour the offices, have an opportunity to network and to tailor their resumes.
The second resource, the NABA, has a local city-wide Chicago chapter. Student memberships are $35 while in school, but the benefits of membership are priceless.
“We have plans to bring a local chapter here to Roosevelt,” says Riley. “That way we can expand the network we already have.”
Management Leadership for Tomorrow was the third mention. It is an organization that helps minorities get the professional skills and resources needed for careers in accounting, finance and business.
The final resource mentioned was the Center for Economic Progress. The center offers opportunities for students. Students can help with tax preparation with low income families.
“Our goal is to bring in professionals from the accounting and finance community to educate our students about the opportunities available once they finish school,” says Tom Smith, Vice-President of the Accounting Club and senior accounting major.