Greetings fellow Inland Empire Chapter members.
For as long as I’ve been part of this profession, even way back to my student years, the Fall season has been the premiere time for students and working professionals to connect with one another. There is something quite energizing about a new school year that seems to work perfectly with Meet the Firms events and other job fairs, firm tours, and company site visits.
Student members, I’d like to encourage you to attend and participate in as many of these activities and events as you can. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a job now or years from now, these events all provide an invaluable opportunity to practice your networking and net weaving skills. I understand it can feel intimidating to start and carry-on a conversation with someone you’ve never met but let me reassure you that the people you need to talk with still remember what it feels like to be where you are, and they are there because they want to connect with you. If you ever find yourself struggling with how to start a natural conversation, try asking open-ended questions that get the person to share something about themselves. After briefly introducing yourself, try asking “What do you like best about your work?”, or “What was something that surprised you about the profession once you started working?”. These open-ending questions will give you more time to compose yourself and prepare for continuing the conversation.
Your IE Chapter board has planned several events where members of all experience levels gather for good company and conversation. These are excellent opportunities for student members to participate and connect with people that can guide and support you on your pathway to CPA. The next event is at a new venue for us this year, Haven City Market in Rancho Cucamonga. See below for more information about this IE Chapter member social on October 18, 2023.
Later in the Fall is our Annual Student Event on Friday November 10, 2023, to be held at CSU San Bernardino. We have lined up special guest speakers and a panel discussion that is sure to inspire you and answer your burning questions about a career as a CPA. If you are a student anywhere in the Inland Empire, this is a can’t miss event.
Wishing you all a season of fruitful conversations. I hope to connect with you at a future chapter event.