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Interview Day and Beyond:
Be a Part of The Next Big Idea
It's a great time to be an accounting major.
According to the 2013 Trends in the Supply of
Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public
Accounting Recruits report released recently by the
American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), "accounting
graduates are enjoying an unprecedented level of
demand from public accounting firms, with a record
40,350 accounting graduates hired in 2012 and 89
percent of those firms forecasting the same or increased hiring of graduates
this year." [Read the full report at]
Members of the CTCPA Advisory Council and Board of Directors saw an
opportunity to respond to this trend last year during a strategic planning
session. Brian Kelleher (now CTCPA president-elect) voiced his interest in
developing a "one-stop-shop" event where firms looking to hire could connect
with students from colleges large and small across the state. CTCPA Interview
Day was conceived.
During subsequent Advisory Council meetings, members refined their vision for
the structure of the day, participation requirements, and the student screening
process. In the end, CTCPA hosted 130 interviews for internships and full-time
positions in a single day at the CTCPA Education Center in September. We've
already heard about numerous candidates who were offered internships and
full-time employment as a result of the event! [See page 8 for the full story.]
From concept to execution, Interview Day demonstrates the mission of CTCPA
volunteer leadership at its best identify a need, help develop a plan to meet the
need, and assist staff in the execution. The program was a grand slam.
What's the Next Big Idea? Help Us Figure it Out!
If you're interested in making your mark on the accounting profession, it's a
great time to step up. The 2013-2014 Nominating Committee has just formed,
and they are looking for members interested in submitting their names for
consideration for next year's Advisory Council and Board of Directors. To toss
your hat in the ring, simply email CTCPA Communications Coordinator Caitlin
Bailey O'Neill at, or respond to the email call for volunteers
in early November.
See you next issue,
A publication of the Connecticut
Society of Certified Public Accountants
CTCPA Board of Directors
Camille R. Murphy
Brian J. Kelleher
Michael J. Hanlon
Bruce L. Blasnik
Amber D. Tucker
Pamela Q. Weaver
Michael D. Frenza
CTCPA Advisory Council Chair
Connecticut CPA Staff
Arthur J. Renner
Executive Director
Kirsten F. Piechota
Managing Editor/
Graphic Designer
Caitlin Q. Bailey O'Neill
Assistant Editor
Mark Zampino
Julie E. McNeal
November/December 2013
Vol. 54, Issue 6
Opinions expressed in bylined articles ap-
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author(s) and do not necessarily reflect
CTCPA opinions or positions nor do they
constitute endorsements.
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Kirsten Piechota, Managing Editor
Editor's Note
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