30. April 2013 02:59
I attended the South Sound Industry Chapter CPE program last week. It was a great program; they had Tiffany Couch, a member and a fraud expert out to talk about all things fraud. After the program, John Vogel, the chair of the Chapter, commented on the number of CPAs still in the room chatting. He said he encourages attendees to “build their network” by having each person introduce themselves before each program. By the looks of it he was successful; out of the 38 in attendance there were at least 21 still in the room.
Personally, my career has been blessed by knowing several hundred CPAs. When I need an answer to a question whether for me or any member of the WSCPA, I have an expert to call. Every job I have had since becoming a CPA has been fostered by a recommendation from another CPA.
Not only do you benefit from building your CPA network, the CPA profession does as well. Having CPAs network and communicate with other CPAs either inside or outside of their organizations creates a profession and professionals that are better educated on matters and more confident in their decision making.
WSCPA is the organization that can help you build your network. They have networking events, chapter meetings, conferences, seminars and special events with CPAs in attendance from all walks of services and organizations. It is a great place to start building your network.
And congratulations to John Vogel for receiving the WSCPA’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Much deserved.
9. July 2010 07:09
Networking is the key to finding a job, clients, friends…and that once in a lifetime partner.
The New Professional’s Committee hosts monthly networking events April through November. Although the events are fun and relaxed, the idea is to build your professional contacts and sharpen your networking skills in a relaxed atmosphere. Every month 60-200 WSCPA members get together at these events, enjoying the venues, entertainment, food and beverages. Every month creates another great story.
I have heard countless stories over the last few years of students getting internships, professionals finding new jobs, and friendships being created. Often people outside of our event will come up and ask about the profession or where they can find a CPA for their business. I also have one GREAT story about finding true love!
At the annual BBQ in July 2008 (This year’s is Friday, July 16th!), a boy met a girl. They participated in a three legged race and became friends. Over the next year their relationship blossomed and right before the annual picnic in 2009, the boy took the girl back to the same spot they met and proposed. She said yes and this August they will tie the knot! It has been fun for us to watch this relationship.
Obviously this is a rare occurrence, but you never know what will happen if you get out and mingle. If you haven’t been to an event, make sure you sign up. Worst case scenario? You will enjoy great company, eat food, and hopefully laugh a little! If you are curious about the boy and girl…if you come to the picnic on the 16th there is a great chance you will meet them. http://www.wscpa.org/Content/WSCPACommunity/MemberEvents.aspx
4. May 2010 08:34
Facebook, texting, and even archaic email are great vehicles to get communications out to the new generation in the workforce. However, when I hear people say that Millennials do not join, and they only want to network through social media forms I want to explain to them it is a MYTH.
Social media is just a tool that this new generation utilizes to share and to find out what is happening. They are, in my opinion, more engaged and updated about what people are doing than any generation before them. When I was younger, I would have to call from my landline to my friend’s landline hoping they were home. It was not simple to track someone down. Today you can call the person’s cell phone, text them, check their Facebook status or even send messages to multiple people at once.
Think about how Millennials were raised. As parents we planned play dates, enrolled them in classes, kept them occupied at all times. Most Millennials are not afraid to talk about themselves, and even if they are shy they can reach out to new acquaintances online. Statistics also show that this generation also logs more volunteer hours than any other generation.
Besides my opinion, and some great statistics, I hear them say it at meetings and I see it in action. The WSCPA networking events continue to grow in attendance every year. Our first event on April 29th at Daniel’s Broiler sold out with over 130 people in attendance! The young professionals in this group have excellent interpersonal skills, seem to enjoy networking with each other, want to be a part of the bigger picture, and they keep coming to events. As far as joining, over 23% of our membership is under the age of 30, and this segment is growing faster than ever. If you want to change your perception, I encourage you to come to an event this year. Look for events here http://www.wscpa.org/Content/WSCPACommunity/MemberEvents.aspx