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The Vancouver Accounting Experience. The Accounting Career Podcast.

The Vancouver Accounting Experience. The Accounting Career Podcast.

By Adrian Law, Podcasting
The podcast for accounting students and aspiring CPAs. Learn about the industry, the opportunities, and advice for students. Adrian Law, CPA, CA hosts and interviews professional accountants to learn about their careers, their challenges, and their accomplishments. Discover what it takes to be successful and earn your professional accounting designation. Be inspired, informed, and entertained.
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The Designation for Fraud Prevention, Detection and Deterrence. A Q&A Session on the CFE Designation With Steve Wilson.
Are you an accountant or CPA looking for a specialization? The Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation could be for you! Steve Wilson, President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, joins me on the podcast to discuss the CFE credentials. Who is the designation for? What does it take to succeed? What makes a good fraud examiner? What is the profession like? Whether you're an accountant looking to gain an edge in your career or looking to begin a new career, I think there's a lot of great insights from Steve on what a career as a fraud examiner is like. 
31:24
August 18, 2020
Job Seeking Takes Reps, Hard Work, Dedication and Perseverance - My Advice for Gaurav
In this episode of the Vancouver Accounting Experience podcast, I'm on a Q&A call with Gaurav, whom I met via LinkedIn. I listened and I offered my two cents -- that's it! I hope it brings some good ideas to all the job seekers out there looking to launch their accounting careers during these tough economic times. I think the core question is this: "How can I stand out from the crowd when there's so much competition for a limited number of public accounting positions?" I think this episode offers a ton of value for those of you looking for an advantage as I'm sure lots of people can relate to Gaurav and have similar questions. 
1:00:23
August 12, 2020
Want to Serve on a Nonprofit Board? There Could Be a Position for You!
Billie-Ann Woo, President of the Rodde House Museum joins the Vancouver Accounting Experience to talk about the benefits and challenges of serving on a board of an NPO. And there's even an open position (as of recording) on the board of directors at the Roedde House as the position of Treasurer - perfect for a CPA - is available. Serving on an NPO board is a commitment that is as challenging as it is rewarding. There are many opportunities to gain experience in a variety of skills from governance to leadership, budgeting to communication and interpersonal skills. Billie-Ann discusses what one can expect from volunteering at the Roedde House and much more.
28:13
August 6, 2020
Accounting Advice with Adrian - A Facebook Live Event!
This podcast is from a recent Facebook Live event hosted by your very own Adrian Law, Accounting Coach and Mentor and host of the "Vancouver Accounting Experience". I think there's a ton of value here if your an accounting student or aspiring CPA. I get into my past experiences from public practice and the BIG 4, my training, recruitment, why I left to join industry, what you can do to stand apart from the crowd, and much, much more!
56:06
July 28, 2020
Ask and You Shall Get! I Share My Experiences and Insights On Getting Hired and Thriving at A Big 4 Firm with A Student.
A bright, young man and SFU student, named Gurinder, reached out to me on LinkedIn and asked if I had any tips on the Big 4. I invited him to chat on the "Vancouver Accounting Experience" podcast. Why? Because that's what we do here. He took the initiative to reach out, ask and I answered. For all you accounting students and aspiring CPAs, I hope you get a lot of value out of this one. Enjoy!
1:00:57
July 17, 2020
What's The Difference Between Working In Public Practice And Industry? Christine Woodington Rejoins The Podcast to Bring Valuable Insights.
Simply put, this podcast is a big one! The first-ever two-time guest on the podcast, Christine Woodington, rejoins to share her experiences working in industry and brings a ton of value in the form of tips and advice, from job hunting to jump-starting your accounting career and much, much more. If you're an accounting student and an aspiring CPA, this is an important podcast you do not want to miss! 
53:43
July 9, 2020
Are You Clueless About I.T. Audits?? I Know I Am! Jonas Kwong Educates Me and Shares His Insights
Happy Canada Day Accounting Nation. If you've ever wanted to know more about I.T. audits and the CISA designation, this is the podcast for you! Jonas Kwong, CPA, CISA, CIA, Senior Internal Auditor at Teck Resources joins me on the podcast to share his valuable insights and experiences. We talk about his career path, IT audits, what it takes to obtain a CISA, spot prawns!! and much, much more!
32:32
July 2, 2020
A Day In A Life of A Financial Reporting Manager... a.k.a Me!
Ever wanted to know what I do as Financial Reporting Manager? Whether you're a high school student interested in accounting, an accounting student at university, or already in the CPA program, you'll need to research your career options. I always recommend speaking to as many CPAs as possible to inquire about their work, their likes and dislikes; perhaps ask about job shadowing or performing an informational interview (performed virtually during Covid-19). In order to kick off your research, I thought I'd describe the work that I do and explain what a day in the life of me looks like. 
22:50
June 23, 2020
How And Why Should a CPA Get Involved? Christine Woodington Shares Her Insights on the Benefits of Volunteering
In this episode of the Vancouver Accounting Experience, Christine Woodington, CPA, CGA and Chair of the CPABC Vancouver chapter joins me to chat about the benefits of volunteering. There are lots of different ways that CPAs (both students and qualified members) can get involved and volunteer. Whether it's through your local chapter, volunteering as a CPA mentor or just representing the designation as an ambassador, there are many rewarding opportunities available. We also talk about Christine's other talents and much, much more!
33:00
June 15, 2020
One Accountant's Thoughts and Views on the Last Two Weeks
The last two weeks have been a tumultuous time. In fact, the last three months have been tumultuous, but the heartbreaking death of George Floyd and subsequent protest and riots have compelled me to speak out and express my thoughts on everything that's happened. This podcast is just one accountant's thoughts, views and message on what all of us can do to change the world one conversation at a time.
12:05
June 6, 2020
What Do Most People Ask Me? The Answer to My Number One Question
In this episode of the Vancouver Accounting Experience podcast, I answer the number one question that I seem to get: "Should I?" For which, I have a very simple, universal answer. This is a short podcast but an important one I think as there must be a reason this question keeps coming up!
12:47
May 27, 2020
Adrian and Adrian - A "Fireside" Zoom Chat
This is a 2 x Adrian podcast! A long weekend (Victoria Day in Canada) calls for a relaxed "fireside chat' as Adrian Dastur, Vice-Chair of the CPA BC chapter in Tri-Cities/Ridge Medows joins Adrian Law, host of the Vancouver Accounting Podcast. Nothing too serious as Adrian & Adrian talk about tips for aspiring CPAs, speaking foreign languages, growing up in another country, immigrating to Canada, living and working with Covid-19, and much, much more!
43:08
May 18, 2020
Q&A On Accounting Career Choices and Progression
In this episode of the Vancouver Accounting Experience podcast, I'm on a Q&A call with an Accountant/CPA candidate to listen, answer his questions on careers moves, and offer my two cents. The question of whether someone should leave their current comfortable, well-paying job for better career opportunities comes up all the time! A very common question. So I think this episode offers a bunch of value as I'm sure lots of people can relate and have similar questions. Enjoy! :)
45:00
May 7, 2020
Discussing Mental Wellbeing and Awareness With Anita and Sam
Like many, aspiring accountants can have a lot to worry about. Balancing school, exams, work, and family is tough. Managing expectations and pressure from our parents, peers, and managers is even tougher. This is exactly why we need to slow things down and talk about mental wellbeing. What is mental well-being? What should we be aware of? What are some indicators of potential imbalance? In this podcast, I chat with Anita Van Rooyen, Chief Confidence Hacker from ConfidenceHackers.com and Sam Chor of UJ Hostels (Uncle James Hostels) to talk about confidence and mental wellbeing awareness. This is an important episode, so please join me in learning from Anita and Sam's experiences and expertise.
57:31
April 21, 2020
Random Thoughts on Living Life During the COVID-19 Crisis
I'm sick! Don't worry it's not that virus - just a bad cough -- but enough to make me contemplate our life and times living with the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis that is affecting everything and everyone. I get into talking about working from home, getting the munchies, the rise of Zoom, social distancing, poor public behaviour, the lack of sport and most importantly, having the proper perspective during these challenging times. 
30:01
April 6, 2020
My thoughts on CFE study, preparation and case writing
With the global lockdown, a lot of you will have extra time on your hands. What better way to spend the time than to start thinking about the upcoming CFE! With this year's CFE (Common Final Examination) just over five months away, I thought I'd share with you my tips on study prep for the CFE and case writing based on my own UFE (CA legacy exam) experiences.  I even give a quick tip on what you can get started working on right now. Hint hint: it's got nothing to do with accounting.
43:50
March 28, 2020
Advice From My Mentee Jane Zhang, Accountant and Aspiring CPA
My CPA mentee Jane Zhang joins me on the podcast to talk about her experiences as a fairly new professional accountant working in industry. Jane talks about how her co-op job reinforced her interest in an accounting career. She also shares her advice for accounting students and explains why it's so important to have a hobby!
39:22
March 19, 2020
Podcasting from CPABC Headquarters | Julian Robertson Explains the CPA Designation
I'm very excited about this episode of the Vancouver Accounting Experience as I'm joined by Julian Robertson, Senior Student Recruitment Officer from CPABC (Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia). CPABC is the governing and regulatory...
41:50
March 12, 2020
Internal Audit is NOT External Audit | Tamara Oceguera Explains Why She Loves Her Job
Senior Internal Audit at Teck Resources, Tamara Oceguera joins the podcast this week to discuss all things related to internal audit. If you assumed internal audit is just like external audit, you'd assume wrong! In fact, Tamara and I agree that...
30:03
February 28, 2020
What Exactly is Auditing? It's Not a Mystery
When I was an accounting student auditing was a real mystery to me. What exactly is auditing? Why do accountants hate it? If you're interested in working at a public accounting firm, most likely you'll have to choose one of two paths: 1) auditing or 2)...
1:11:16
February 22, 2020
Mentoring to Grow and Develop Teams with Guest Paweł Komarnicki of Cubitoo.com
I'm joined by my guest Paweł Komarnicki, Founder of Cubitoo.com, a digital agency and mentoring blog, to discuss the role of mentorship within teams. Teams can utilize mentoring as a tool to share knowledge and experiences, develop relationships, and gr...
42:50
February 12, 2020
Can You Have Passion for Accounting? My Guest Shoraun Chowdry, CPA, CA Shares His Passions
My Guest Shoraun Chowdry, CPA, CA Shares His Passion for Accounting
29:03
February 5, 2020
Work vs. School and Discovering Your Career Path By Going Wide
Work vs.School and Discovering Your Career Path: Q&A Session w/ Adrian Law, CPA, CA.
38:04
January 27, 2020
What Exactly is a Management Accountant? My Guest, Hamzeh Najarian, CPA, CMA Shares His Insights
Adrian's guest Hamzeh Najarian, CPA, CMA shares his insights as a Management Accountant
20:39
January 22, 2020
Double the Guests on The VAE! Jeannie Ho and Michael Cha, both CPAs, Share Their Experiences
Adrian is joined by not one but two guests: Jeannie Ho, Controller Native Shoes and Michael Cha, Manager Financial Reporting, Zenabis Global
25:23
January 17, 2020
Unleash the Power of Informational Interviews w/ Adrian Law
Adrian Law discusses how performing an informational interview can be useful for kicking off a career.
31:04
January 8, 2020
Episode 3 of The VAE w/ Guest Gerard Gaba, Senior Accountant from MNP
In this episode of The Vancouver Accounting Experience, I'm joined by my guest Gerard Gaba, Senior Accountant from MNP.
22:53
December 29, 2019
I'm a CPA! Adrian Law's Story and Tips for Accounting Students
In this second episode, I get into my past, my job history and discuss how I changed careers into Accounting.
39:40
December 29, 2019
The Inaugural Episode of The VAE! Adrian Law Introduces Himself and Explains His Motivations Behind the Podcast
In the very first episode, I explain how I came to launching my podcast and the motivations behind my part-time business.
05:41
December 24, 2019