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Waikato Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an international honorary organisation for accounting, finance and information systems students and professionals with a vision to shape business professions by developing members into ethical, professional, and confident leaders. To achieve this, our chapter provides opportunities for self-development, service, and interaction with practicing professionals, encourages a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility, while promoting the study and practice of accountancy.

BAP is a unique organisation that has the ability to hold different events, and has huge credibility for the University of Waikato’s AACSB accreditation making the world class education highly sought after. BAP provides the essential link between taught theory and practice by providing a safe environment for students to interact, develop skills, and build relationships with potential employers. Due to our smaller size, we are able to have a greater impact on students through developing leadership skills, installing a commitment to lifelong professional development and ethical behaviour, and rewarding academic success through full membership. As a result, BAP actively contributes in establishing well-rounded, equipped University of Waikato graduates who embark on a long lasting and successful career.

Want join our Chapter, or to find out more? We’d love to hear from you.

Find us on our facebook page facebook.com/bapwaikato or send us an email at bap.waikato@gmail.com

Summary of events 2013

EVENTS

Initiation (A & B Semester)

An event for all Beta Alpha Psi members of the Waikato Chapter, to meet each other, and a chance for new and existing members to learn what the club is about, and the events that we are planning for the rest of the year. This will increase involvement and awareness about what we are doing. Some pizza and drinks will be provided also. Following the discussion, everyone will have the opportunity to ask questions and have a casual chat. This event will be organized to take place in the first couple of weeks of both A and B semester so that students can get the most out of it possible. 

Professional Event One- Work Life Balance

(A Semester) 

Ant Pederson

The first professional event held in 2013 for BAP members was a discussion with Anthony Pederson, both a practicing accountant and V8 supercar racer. This event was designed to show BAP members that while accountants are expected to work hard in their job, they are still able to do the things they love with accounting firms being accommodating to personal commitments and maintaining a healthy work life balance. 

 

Professional Event Two- Xero Accounting Package

(B Semester)

Dana Braunias- KPMG

Our first event of B semester was with Xero expert Dana Braunias from KPMG. She came along to give us a rundown on Xero and what it can offer accountants in their role as advisors. This was a great event for Bap members to get a look at the new accounting software and where the future of accounting technology lies with the benefits of cloud accounting.

 

Professional Event Three- Secondment Opportunities

(B Semester)

Mitch Mace- Deloitte & Rory Noorland- KPMG

The idea behind this event is to inform students of secondment opportunities available to accountants once they have enough experience under their belt. Both international and local secondments were covered with Mitch sharing his experiences of Ireland and Rory covering several of the firms he has worked with in the Waikato area including corporate giants such as Fonterra. This event was run to give students an idea of what experiences accountants are exposed to and where the accounting field can take you, with quite interesting stories from both of our guest speakers.

 

Professional Event Four- CV Workshop

(B Semester)

BAP & WMSSA Executive Committee, along with Waikato Careers Office

With the job market being so fierce for positions currently, BAP wanted to give Waikato students a competitive edge over others by holding a workshop to help students work on their Curriculum Vitae’s. For this event BAP partnered up with the Waikato Management School Students Association and the Waikato Careers Office to ensure that relevant and reliable advice was provided. Since this event was held with the Careers Office, students that attended also had the benefit of being able to count it as one of their Employment Skills workshops, which is compulsory for management degrees.

 

Professional Event Five- Ignition

(B Semester)

NZICA

The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants held an event called Ignition towards the end of B semester which BAP and WMSSA helped with on the evening. Ignition was a career preparation event run in order to give both Waikato and Wintec students’ guidance on working in an accounting career and where accounting can take you. There were six guest speakers from a range of different companies all taking a different approach to accounting and retelling their experiences and advice about accounting.

 

Professional Event Six- PwC Office Tour

(B Semester)

PricewaterhouseCoopers

After the completion of their new building, PwC wanted to show off their new premises. This suited BAP perfectly, as it is a good opportunity to show BAP members what the inside of one of the biggest accounting firms in the world looks like. The tour was run really well and all the attendees immensely enjoyed the tour, it was great to see what the working environment was like and how things were actually run on the inside of an accounting firm. Events like this are the highlights for students because they are able to get an insight and experience that cannot be provided on campus or by attending presentations.

 

Service Events One & Two- Tutoring

(A & B Semester)

BAP Executive Committee The BAP committee came together with their combined accounting knowledge and experience to organize a tutoring event for all 100 and 200 level accounting papers (with a special mention to Brad Sherman, an involved BAP member, for also assisting in the running of these events). The tutoring was held in study week of both A and B semester to aid the students in these papers that had trouble with particular accounting questions so that they were better prepared for their exams.

 

Reaching Out Activities:

BAP Executive Committee

At the beginning of each semester, Abbey went around to all of the accounting classes taught in that semester to promote BAP and explain to students what it was, and how we can benefit students if they become members. It was a great way of gaining further provisional memberships and gave us the potential to find more possible full members for our chapter.

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