Friday, September 21, 2012

BBA grad says getting a CGA opens many doors

Last spring, Bachelor of Business Administration student Brigitte Hunt won a Certified General Accountants Association of BC Scholarship upon graduation from Douglas College. She says the best thing about getting a CGA designation is that it opens doors to myriad opportunities.

Education
Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting, Winter 2012; Accounting Management Diploma, 2007 (Douglas College); CGA-BC PACE level (final professional level of CGA studies)

Currently
Accounting & Tax Technician, Oschanney Karjala Certified Management Accountants

Motto
“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” - Theodore N. Vail

Dream job
“The great thing about a CGA designation is that I’m not limited. It opens doors to many opportunities in public practice, the corporate sector, non-profit and government. Eventually, I would like to get into industry as a controller.”

Why the BBA program at Douglas?
“For me it was a natural transition from the Accounting Management Diploma. I valued the quality of education I received from my previous courses, and didn’t see the benefit of paying much higher tuition fees at one of the universities.”

The secret to my success
“It sounds cliché, but there really is a lot to be said about believing in yourself. I almost didn’t go into accounting because I didn’t think I was smart enough. But I learned over time that with hard work, determination and a positive mindset, you can achieve your goals - however difficult they may seem.”

My amazing instructors
“Bill Archibald is definitely one who is willing to go the extra mile to help his students succeed both in the classroom and in their careers. Chris Deresh’s passion for tax is infectious, and he was part of the reason I was inspired to go into public practice. Liz Hicks is one of the main instructors who motivated me to succeed in accounting. Also, George Stroppa and George Robertson are very approachable and take the time to talk to their students.”

 I’ll never forget
“The two months I spent in Japan with the Douglas College study abroad program in Kyoto and Osaka. It was an amazing experience that left me with lasting memories and friendships. One of my favourite phrases is ichigo ichie, which translates as 'one time, one meeting.' The philosophy behind this is to treasure every encounter, as it will never reoccur. It’s a reminder of the transience of life.”

Advice for BBA – Accounting hopefuls
“Try to gain accounting work-related experience early on. It can be difficult to get your foot in the door when you are first starting, but there are a lot of networking opportunities at Douglas. I also have friends who have been successful at getting permanent jobs through the Co-op program. Completing any of the accounting designations is a long process, so don’t wait until you are almost finished to find out if this is really what you want to do.”