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Students Attend CPA Conference

As seen in The Malden Observer on April 2, 2020

The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants recently hosted its “Is Accounting for Me?” conference at Suffolk University for 78 students, including eight from Malden Catholic High School.

Teachers selected the students in attendance based on their aptitude for accounting. Malden Catholic High School attendees were Cameron Abbot, senior; Francesca Callahan, sophomore; Elena Chronopolous, sophomore; Julia Federiconi, sophomore; Robert Ford, senior; Hannah Gately, sophomore; Genarro Giardullo, senior; and Lily Mineo, sophomore.

The conference included interactive accounting exercises and workshops, discussions about accounting careers and CPA services, information about college programs and student life and a networking lunch, sponsored by PwC LLP. PwC employees also shared their experience playing sports during their college careers and/or professionally, and how they balance and channel their passion for sports with their accounting career.

Students heard from CPAs about their jobs and spoke with college accounting majors about their coursework and experience. They also participated in technology demo sessions led by professionals from blumshapiro, Deloitte & Touche LLP, PwC LLP and Suffolk faculty to understand how technology impacts each line of service. The sessions focused on some of the major technological advances affecting the accounting profession today, including bot technology, data visualization, blockchain and virtual reality. Students also participated in exercises led by MSCPA staff that focused on active listening, teamwork and communication, and had the opportunity to test virtual reality goggles to take a virtual factory tour, as part of a consulting simulation.

Amy Pitter, president and CEO of MSCPA, said programs like this are crucial in building and sustaining a pipeline of young people interested and passionate about the profession.

“Building a vibrant and diverse accounting workforce is one of the main goals of the MSCPA, and events like these expose young people to all the doors that open upon becoming a certified public accountant,” said Amy Pitter, president and CEO of MSCPA. “The profession has immense earning potential, unlimited room for growth and touches almost every type of industry. Our member firms are looking for talented young people to fuel the pipeline of future CPAs and we’re excited to share these opportunities with Malden students.”

The MSCPA also offers memberships to high school students, allowing young people access to the 11,000-member organization and opportunities for career counseling, scholarships and summer programs.

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