More than 120 members of the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJCPA) met with approximately 3,500 local area high school students this fall to discuss the benefits of pursuing an accounting career. Presentations were given to 117 schools as part of the NJCPA’s CPA Career Awareness campaign, which was created to educate future generations about the accounting profession.
Presenters related personal experiences on their path to becoming a CPA, why they chose accounting and what kind of opportunities are available for students who select such a career.
“The program is a great way to give hands-on advice to students who are just on the cusp of considering accounting,” said Neal Granick, CPA, tax senior at Deloitte who presented at Boonton High School. “It’s an extremely rewarding experience to tell these students how they can best go about having a career in this profession and what such a job means to society.”
Students are also made aware of the NJCPA Scholarship Fund, which awards $7,000 scholarships to college-bound New Jersey high school seniors who intend to major in accounting or obtain a concentration in accounting. Last year, the fund awarded $410,000 in scholarships to more than 80 New Jersey-based high school and college students.
“The CPAs who participate in this program are dedicated individuals who truly want the next generation to succeed,” added Pam Isenburg, member engagement coordinator at the NJCPA.