We aim to prepare students for the accounting world. We do this by:
Connecting students to firm's through networking events such as Bowling with BASS, Alumni night, leadership conferences, and networking dinners.
Hosting case competitions where students can win cold hard cash.
Improve students Excel skills at our free workshops.
Help students create personal business cards for more effective networking.
When is Recruiting Season?
The most common recruiting season is in the fall, where you apply early September, and interview in late September. Don’t be discouraged if you do not land a job during the fall recruitment because you have lots of other opportunities throughout the year. Just keep your eyes peeled.
What is a Case Competition?
A Case Competition is an in depth accounting challenge. If you take part in a case, you’ll be given a company, a scenario, and some financial information. You then get time to analyse the information, come up with a conclusion and create a presentation that you and your team will present to the judges.
What is a CPA? Why is it Important?
CPA stands for Chartered Professional Accountant, and is a designation that symbolizes your exceptional knowledge and expertise in Accounting. You can begin to earn your CPA designation once you’ve received your undergrad. You may choose to work in industry or at a public accounting firm while taking the required courses along the way. On average, it takes 2 years to get your CPA designation and then you’re off to the races with your new designation.
Most employers will ask you if you are looking to receive your designation and will help you along the way. Some employers are already set up through the CPA Advantage program which helps to create a smoother transition and experience as you work through the courses and work experience. For a list of Advantage Employers look here: https://www.cpaalberta.ca/Become-a-CPA/Advantage-Program/Advantage-Employers If you are working for a company that isn’t apart of the CPA Advantage Program you can still receive your designation through the traditional Practical Experience route. Where you report on work done and have a more direct communication with CPA. This option is less common but if you really enjoy the company you already work for then it can be a great option. If you have any questions contact the MRU CPA Ambassador, Octavia Maurette at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are the Big 4?
The Big 4 are the four largest public accounting firms in Canada. Currently they are as follows;
PwC (Price Waterhouse Cooper)
EY (Ernst & Young)
KPMG (Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler)
Who are the Mid-Sized Firms?
There are many mid sized public accounting firms in Calgary. Some examples are as follows;
MNP (Meyers Norris Penny)
BDO (Binder Dijke Otte)
KMSS (Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart)
and many more!
What is the difference between Public and Private Accounting?
Public accounting refers to firms that focus mainly on doing the books for other companies. Jobs in public account are usually segmented into parts such as tax, audit, where you do one or two tasks for multiple companies. Private accounting is when you work for a company where their business is not accounting. Jobs in private are usually more integrated where you will do a variety of tasks for the company.
How do I join the BASS Executive Team?
We host an AGM every year usually in March or April to vote in the new executives. To better your chances of being voted into the position you want, get involved early and often! Introduce yourself to the team (you can find out who's who under the “about us” tab) and get chatting.
Why is it important to attend Networking Events?
Nowadays, it's all about who you know. So the more you can get yourself out there, the more likely you are to land the job you want. It’s just as important to network with your fellow students because you may be able to help each other out in class or in future ventures. CPA Alberta hosts a Networking 101 event every year where they offer amazing networking tips for students both for online and in-person networking.