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Hello Mudduh, hello Fadduh, here I am at Camp Accountant

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The New York CPA society is running a mini summer camp in the hope of teaching high-school students more about the accounting profession and its opportunities.

15th Jun 2023
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Although the idea of the summer camp may be a foreign concept to the average Briton, the great American tradition of shipping your kids off to a remote campsite over the summer holidays is a common occurrence for our friends across the pond.

However, while the idea conjures up pictures of quaint campfire singalongs and kayaking down sun-dappled rivers, a new type of summer camp is being offered to American high-school students across the state of New York – and it will require calculators.

Amazing opportunity

This summer, New York high-schoolers will have the opportunity to participate in a Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) programme, giving budding young accountants the chance to peek behind the curtain of the profession over the course of one or two days.

Created by the New York State Society of certified public accountants (NYSSCPA), the programme will be held on campuses across the area in order to “introduce high-school juniors to the amazing opportunities available in the accounting profession”, with sessions including career discussions, technology workshops and professional etiquette, as well as the chance chat to qualified professionals in the field.

“COAP helps you explore what you can do in the accounting field. If you think accounting is just tax, think again. Plot your future as a chief financial officer, forensics investigator, data analyst, software developer, entertainment and sports agent, auditor or entrepreneur,” said a press release on this year’s event.

Setting up for success

And it seems that NYSSCPA’s goal of introducing young people to the profession has gained some level of success, with previous alumni praising the programme for helping them take the next step in their careers.

Coren A Mitchell, CPA, manager at US firm Bonadio Group and former COAP participant gave the event a glowing review, noting that the skills he had gained had “helped me develop the mindset of a business professional before I even graduated high school”.

“This isn’t to mention the value of the networking opportunities and lifelong friendships I built during the programme,” Mitchell continued. 

Accounting student and fellow COAP alumni Delroy Muschette also credited the course with helping them choose accounting as their profession, writing that “the programme helped me understand what an accountant really does.”

The NYSSCPA has also ensured diversity and inclusion are at the heart of its programme, with the society making an extra effort to entice individuals from ethnic minorities to join this summer.

“The programme is an important component of the New York State Society of CPAs’ efforts to recruit an increased number of students into the accounting profession, with a particular focus on those from under-represented groups,” the NYSSCPA added.

With the skills crunch continuing to wreak havoc on the accounting profession, could the UK learn from our American friends when it comes to reaching new talent?

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the sea otter
By memyself-eye
16th Jun 2023 12:51

My seven year old grandson doesn't need any training in accountancy - he is perfectly at home with the concept of 'matching' - his pound coin for my fiver...

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By Hugo Fair
16th Jun 2023 17:57

If he's got any more Sovereigns, I'll keep the Fivers flowing.

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paddle steamer
By DJKL
19th Jun 2023 17:23

Do these camps not tend to involve a knife wielding maniac called Jason and a lot of teenagers doing things their parents warned them about and suffering as a consequence of not listening to them?

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By Hugo Fair
19th Jun 2023 18:52

Haven't seen Jason in "knife wielding maniac" mode since an incident when someone from HMRC told him that 'VAT isn't a proper tax'!

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By AdamJones82
20th Jun 2023 08:26

Freddy attends too in later years

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