2018 Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m.

Registration
Students register, download the conference app, and receive cards for prize drawings.

8:30 a.m.

Exhibits
Open all day except lunch
Exhibiting employers take student questions and resumes.

9:00 a.m.

One-on-One Sessions: "Interviewing and Resume Tips"
Open all day except lunch
Professionals talk one-on-one with students about interviewing and resume tips. Sign up outside the room early in the day to secure your 15-minute session.

9:30 a.m.

Group Session: "Interviewing & Resume Tips"
For those unable to schedule one-on-one sessions, attend a group presentation on interview and resume tips. Topics covered range from what to expect at the interview, what to wear, how to act, questions to expect, what to prepare for, questions students should be asking, resume design and format, what to include on the resume, and how to prepare the cover letter.

10:30 a.m.

Panel: "Behind Closed Doors"
Students meet with a panel of recent graduates working in various accounting related fields including public accounting, industry accounting, internal and IT audit, and government accounting. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions you might not feel comfortable asking a potential employer.

Sample questions:
- Should I take the CPA Exam right away, or wait until I have some experience?
- How much training or mentoring do you get before you begin working with clients?
- What are the differences between public accounting, an industry position and a government position?

10:30 a.m. 

Session: "The Updated CPA Exam: Strategies and Tips for Success from Those Who have Passed!"
Students will learn about the updated CPA Exam that launched April 1, 2018 and hear from a panel of professionals who recently passed the CPA Exam. Valuable tips and strategies will be shared for developing a plan for the exam, the application process in Minnesota and other states, how to most efficiently and effectively study for the exam, scheduling to take the exam, and the next steps for licensure after passing the four parts of the exam.

Presenters:
Amy Napolski, Senior Account Manager, and Mary Strand, Senior Regional Manager, Becker Professional Education, and a panel of professionals who recently passed the CPA Exam.

Sponsored by: Becker CPA Review

11:30 a.m.

Lunch
Exhibits and specialty booths closed

12:00 p.m.

Luncheon speaker: Kat Perkins
Kat competed on season 6 of NBC's The Voice and finished as a semi-finalist. Since then, she has performed WORLDWIDE in over 10 countries and almost all 50 states sharing her message of being Fearless and inspiring others through the power of music. She has been a number one rock artist on iTunes 5 times and her single "Fearless" topped the iTunes charts when it was released. She is a nationally recognized motivational speaker, world-touring entertainer, and aspiring author.

1:00 p.m.

One-on-One Sessions: "Interviewing and Resume Tips"
Professionals talk one-on-one with students about interviewing and resume tips. Sign up outside the room early in the day to secure your 15-minute session.

1:00 p.m. 

Panel: "Accounting Career Paths"
Students meet with a panel of experienced professionals representing a range of career paths, including public accounting, industry accounting, internal and IT audit, government accounting and accounting educators. Students have a chance to learn more about the opportunities available to accounting professionals, how the panelists got where they are, and what career path is right for them.

2:00 p.m.

Group Session: "Interviewing & Resume Tips"
For those unable to schedule one-on-one sessions, attend a group presentation on interview and resume tips. Topics covered range from what to expect at the interview, what to wear, how to act, questions to expect, what to prepare for, questions students should be asking, resume design and format, what to include on the resume, and how to prepare the cover letter.

3:15 p.m.

Prize drawings
Prizes donated by the exhibitors. Win gift cards, company swag or a Becker CPA review course!

3:30 p.m.

Conference ends

Sponsoring organizations