Get the most out of BAP
Participate in as many Beta Alpha Psi events as possible. The more events you attend, the more professionals and fellow students you will become familiar with. Remember that the relationship you build today will be mutually beneficial in the future. Put your best foot (and effort) forward. Take a leadership position. Employers look for leaders and recognize the value of leadership positions while in college. The leaders in college are usually the leaders in business.
Introduce yourself to professionals, especially those involved in the recruiting process. They are the “gate keepers” for their organization, and if you know (and impress) them, your chances for an interview/job increase greatly. If there are a few firms/companies you are interested in, be sure to talk to several employees and receive their input on what they like and dislike about their position with the company.
Listen to what professionals have to say about the profession and their organization. You can learn a lot from their knowledge and experience. Ask them questions regarding areas in which you are interested. Your professors are also good resources for valuable information.
Keep your options open
Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Investigate several companies or firms and the various opportunities within public, private, and government accounting.
Keep a positive attitude. People can sense enthusiasm (and sincerity). Be the person professionals would like to work with, both individually and as part of a team. Remember to have fun!!
These tips were provided by David Agoff, a professional advisor for the Beta Alpha Psi Chapter at California State University, Chico. Mr. Agoff is a member of the Matson & Isom Accountancy Corporation.