Student Accounting Society

Student Accounting Society


Hi everyone! Today, my special guest is James Kim. James is currently a student at UCLA. He’s a senior and more importantly he’s the Vice President of a wonderful student organization known as the Student Accounting Society. James, hey, thanks for coming to do this video with me today. Yeah, no, thanks for having me. I’m super excited to be here. I’m ready to represent my club, this great organization of Student Accounting Society. So let’s go straight into it. Before we actually talked about your organization, could you just briefly talk about yourself? Like what you’re where you’re currently studying and what you plan to do when you graduate? Yeah, so as you already introduced, I’m James. I’m a current senior at UCLA I’m studying Economics, and I’m also going to be minoring in Accounting. But something that’s very different from my story compared to other people is that I’m actually a transfer student. So this is actually my second year here at UCLA. So just enjoying the time that I have here, and I’m actually interested in just really pursuing a career in public accounting. So actually, recently I just finished a recruitment process, and I actually got some offers for audit for next Fall. So I’m just really excited to see what’s going to be going on in my future, and I’m just really glad that UCLA was able to provide so many opportunities for this. Well, congratulations! Well now… you have the offers now. Now you have to have a difficult task of trying to discern which firm is the best fit for you. But that’s… that’s actually a good thing to have. So congratulations! And also I appreciate you sharing the story that you were a community college student before. So, you know, I teach at I teach at UCLA, but also I teach full-time at Santa Monica College, which is a community college near UCLA. So to hear stories like yourself, students who followed a non-traditional path and yet have found success at UCLA. That’s just wonderful to hear. So thank you for sharing that No problem. You know I’m always glad to talk about it I think one of the things that’s often overlooked is the community college system. I actually came from Cyprus Community College from OC and it’s been a very different experience that a lot of people take, and it’s very rough making a transition from semester to quarter system. So I’m just really glad that you, first of all, that you’re helping out at SMC, Santa Monica College, and just really like keeping an eye out for transfers. Great! Let’s move on to Student Accounting Society. So can you please share with my students what student accounting society is all about and what are some of the benefits of becoming a member? So Student Accounting Society, also known as SAS, you just kind of just abbreviate it for the rest of this interview, It’s really a club on campus that really hosts the major events for Accounting. So some of these events are Meet the Firms, Spring Banquet, and a multiple workshops that we actually co-host with other like professional firms in the area. So just to get started, for people that don’t know what it is, Meet.the Firms is like a great career fair for people that’s interested in public accounting and other types of field related to Accounting– for them to come out and actually speak with professionals. So we have, just like hundreds of professionals coming out ready to talk to students. So if anyone is interested in this, they’re able to sign up on our website and to really just become a part of… become either a member or just pay a fee to join the event, and they’re able to talk with professionals like the Big 4, like Deloitte, EY, PwC, and KPMG But we also have a lot of mid tiers that come out, ready to really kind of like look for potential candidates to pick up for their firm. But at the same time, if like students are interested in accounting, they’re able to come out, learn more, talk directly with somebody that’s been working in the field for many years, and then just really be able to delve deeper into their career. So meet the firm’s is definitely one of our biggest highlights We do it twice a year during the fall and during the wintertime in addition to this We also have a spring banquet which we host mainly in the springtime as it’s in the name There’s a time for us to really just gather. We’re professionals in a more casual setting for us to just be able to enjoy and look back on the year and to really just kind of like a solid eight the relationships that we have with professional firms and then finally We like to just host workshops where we’re able to co-host with Different firms in the area and they’ll be teaching like our students know how to set up on resume and how to make it look professional You know knowing what you need to have on that resume is very important when you go through interview processes In addition like workshops can like vary if just like teaching you more about accounting if you’re interested in audit or tax or advisory these workshops provide a great way for members to become a part of Clock and to be active within it but the same time for them to just be connecting with professionals on a much smaller scale And say yes We’re really kind of focus on bringing a member involvement and one of the ways that we do that is through an assistant director program It’s a program where we really have like almost like interns for our club feel to come out and to really learn what it takes to run the organization And the hopes that we might be able to inspire and continue on to apply as board members for the next year But the same time assist us in our events Yeah, those are all great Events a you guys put on and I want to mention that for the spring banquet that you guys are very kind You guys always invite all of the accounting professors to attend the banquet and I was fortunate enough Last spring to attend and I really had a great time. So thank you so much. Well, thank you so much for coming. Yeah We’re just really thankful for all of our accounting teachers at UCLA You know you guys are doing great work guys are putting in a lot of effort and just a lot of heart into our students So I’m just really thankful for that. I’m a product of it So I’m just glad to be a part of this great school. The next question I have is You know a lot of clubs and organizations at UCLA are very expensive to join. So I was curious What is the cost of joining student accounting Society? So student accounting Society. We actually only have a one-time fee for membership So the one-time fee is only $20 and $20 is very little in comparison to many other organizations on campus That might require you to join like maybe like a couple hundred or maybe even more for like their lifetime membership However, SAS are really focused on getting as many students involved as possible So we only leave the membership fee at $20 to really put this into perspective Mm-hmm to really put this into perspective Our members our membership fee is $20 But to actually attend some of our events like meet the firm’s it’s $10 for each event that you attend So if you’re planning ahead in the future and you’re coming out as a sophomore and you plan to come out until you’re a senior By having that one-time membership fee paid for it right at the get-go You’re able to just save yourself some money throughout the rest of your career UCLA Wow $20.00 that is that is a great deal $20.00 for all Four years of assuming that you come in as a fresh and even for a transfer student $20 for two years or three years. That’s such a steal. I can’t remember Any club organization in my lifetime when I was in school that had dues to slow maybe maybe back in high school So that’s that’s a great deal for students Amazing. Um Another question. I wanted to ask you was that a Lot, a lot of organizations, especially professional organizations require students to commit a great deal of time And so for you guys, I was curious does does SAS require students to? As members to to participate in a certain number of events in order to be considered an official member Are you guys a little bit more flexible? That’s a great question SAS, we’re actually very flexible on this. We don’t have a certain set number of hours to pledge to become a member of our organization instead once you’ve paid out one-time activation fee to become a member you can attend any of our events in any of our workshops and it’s up to you to decide which ones you want to attend and Which ones you really want to you know? give your time to We understand that students are busy and they have so many other things that they’re doing on campus So we don’t we didn’t really want to limit their time by making them go through the certain number of hours for our organization instead when we host a workshop that might be able to interest them and that might be able to Really pique their interest in whether they want to network with these professionals or to really gain new skills they’re able to come out out of their own free will like we really Prioritize like students taking the own initiative to really pursue a like more information. Do you really gain more knowledge about their field? So they can be able to see whether or not they want to pursue public accounting whether they want to go into private Accounting, or maybe they just wanted their accounting at all But just having that exposure is really important and that’s what we really try to push for another club That’s fantastic. And my last question is um Can anyone join student accounting Society I was which is wondering how restrictive you guys are Does it matter in your case? You mentioned earlier you were an econ major with an accounting minor and most of my students that I teach fit that mold But I was curious. What about students? Who majored in something else I say philosophy where they majored in? in a science like biology and then all of a sudden they actually want to Pursue a career in accounting and I have seen some students at UCLA who are in that situation. Are you guys restrictive on students? Who have to have a certain major and what about GPA? are you guys an honor society where you say a student has to have a 3.0 or 3.4 or something or are you guys more flexible? Oh No, we’re definitely very flexible about this our organizations open to anyone that might be interested in accounting So regardless of the major regardless of the GPA as long as you pay that one-time fee You’re able to come out and become a member of our club actually I have a lot of friends that who aren’t you know econ or accounting minor major Students are UCLA that are part of SAS And the reason why they join us because they wanted to see whether or not accounting was for them Or if they just wanted to learn some new skills that can prepare them for the future to really put this into perspective Last year one of the board members for SAS was actually not even an econ major It was a Global Studies major studying and preparing for a career in like Asian countries So thanks because of this he just ended up joining SAS because he wanted to learn more about business He wanted to see like what all of these are kind of like individual pieces of information that goes around from Tonka from one professional to another Word, and he really just wanted exposure to all of this so he ended up joining bid club making it all the way to becoming a board member and then you know I said I still Talked to him today and he’s not pursuing a career in accounting But he was super thankful for the time in the ability if you just be able to learn about accounting and to just be able to talk with other professionals that might have more information about what it’s like actually working as you know someone in the business world or Games I mean you shared a lot of great information today For my students a lot of them already part of SAS But after you know all this information that you shared I hope more students after watching. This video will consider joining an organization You know from what you shared the low cost, you know $20 for lifetime membership plus this flexibility I mean, I think it’s just a win-win for For anyone that joins your organization. So thanks again for coming to speak and do this video And I look forward to seeing you at the spring banquet next year. All right, no problem. It’s actually been my pleasure I really do hope that this kid this video can help out anyone that’s actually interested in accounting and to really come check those out Thank you for your time, and I hope to see you then You

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