BAP Quarterly Vol. 5, Issue 4: Fall 2014
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Five Steps to Planning Your Accounting Career Path

By Stacy Ray, Senior Program Manager, Becker CPA Review

Congratulations on choosing accounting as a career, it’s a great place to be! The accounting profession provides unparalleled learning opportunities, career choices, mobility, and growth. But before you set off on your great career adventure, take a step back and think about where it is you want to go.

Highlighting soft skills in the job search

By Paul McDonald, Senior Executive Director, Robert Half

Demonstrating your number-crunching abilities or technical prowess is understandably top of mind as you search for your first job. After all, you just spent four years (and a good chunk of change) learning the ins and outs of the accounting, finance or technology field. But as interpersonal, or “soft,” skills continue to grow in importance for professionals at all experience levels, you’ll need to focus on your nontechnical skills during your job search, too.

The shy person's guide to building smart relationships

By ThisWayToCPA

Does the idea of a room filled with strangers make you want to find a dark corner to curl up in and hide? You aren’t alone; not every future CPA is a natural-born schmoozer. But networking is crucial for your success so, terrifying as it may seem, it’s time to emerge from your cocoon and spread those social butterfly wings. With a few strategies and a little practice, your fellow networkers will never know you’re an introvert. And hey, you might even have fun.

Just Run with it: Students Tackle Real-World Challenges at BAP's Annual Meeting

By Silke Olsen, National Campus Recruiting Leader, Moss Adams LLP

Sponsored by the Moss Adams Foundation since its inception in 2008, the annual Project Run with It (PRWI) competition was the kickoff to this year’s Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday, August 6. PRWI furthers the community service component of BAP by providing members and candidates with an opportunity to engage in a real-world consulting projects. This year PRWI challenged the 72 participating students to provide solutions to real business issues facing three local Atlanta based not-for-profit organizations: Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta, CaringWorks, Inc., and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. 

Alumni News

By Alex Johnson & Jay Knight, Alumni Representatives

In our effort to continue to provide value to students and alumni, the Beta Alpha Psi Board of Directors has created a template to guide recent graduates in forming Alumni Chapters.  We believe these Alumni Chapters will not only offer value to our members who are recent graduates, but also benefit our current student members by increasing the accessibility of our alumni to University Chapters.

This process began last year with the Alumni Representatives, Natalie Steverson and Alex Johnson, brainstorming opportunities for Beta Alpha Psi to continue to provide value to members after they graduate. 

Chapter Spotlight

Gold Challenge Winners

BAP recognizes that many chapters often go above and beyond what is required to become a Superior Chapter. In an effort to reward these chapters, the KPMG and the KPMG Foundation work with BAP to sponsor the KPMG Gold Challenge, a competition that provides an annual $2,500 award to several top chapters.The award is given to chapters that continually demonstrate and exemplify the highest values of Beta Alpha Psi :leadership,scholastic success, lifelong learning and development, service, and ethical behavior. Eligible chapters are required to submit a 7-minute video presentation which explains and/or demonstrates why their chapter deserves award.

Questions about any of the articles in this issue? Want to be featured in our alumni or chapter spotlight?  Contact Samantha Simunyu at 
Connect with Samantha: @SamSimunyu
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