Panel Info
Unique IDSU0125
Application Details
Entrant Club(s):Accounting Society
Entry completed by:Laura Nicholls
Club Role:President
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Category SelectionReminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021
Which category is this nomination for?Best Academic Programme 2021
Name of event or initiative:Accounting Society Panel Discussion Series
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

A series of 3 panel discussion events, with 4+ relevant speakers at each one.
#1 Graduate information evening: all about accounting/finance internships & graduate roles
#2 Out-of-the-box accounting pathways: different accounting careers that aren’t typical accounting pathways
#3 How the workplace is changing: insight into the 21st century post-Covid workplace

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

The Accounting Society offers career development through a range of workshops and panel discussions. One of our main drivers to run this event series is to bring students together. It can be hard to meet new people at university, so we want to make it easier for accounting students to get to know each other. We finish off all of our events with free pizza and drinks for students and panelists to chat. Something else that is very important to us is to help students build those all-important soft skills that are so crucial for the transition into the workplace.

How did you make it happen?

We were lucky enough to have lots of support from the student societies and employers around us. We had speakers from businesses such as Murray & Co, Audit New Zealand, PwC, MYOB, NZ Police, VXT and many others. They were always supportive of our events and made them engaging for students to listen to. We utilised the services available to us such as UCSA advertising and UC room bookings. We found the John Britten foyer as the location and Dominoes afterwards to be a winning combination which always had high attendance. We also had excellent support from UCE.

How did you make it better?

We often run a series of panel discussions during the year, however there was a bit of a struggle last year to keep up the engagement with people coming to our events, as was seen right across the club scene. This year we decided to run more collaborations to combat this, our first event was a collaboration with the Investment Society and our third event was in collaboration with UCOM. This was incredibly beneficial to run these events as collaborations as it meant we could share the workload between two execs and also reach all the members across two societies.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

Fortunately, the events that we run have little impact on the environment. We start by making a conscious effort for all of our events to be paperless. We don’t give out any handouts or anything of the likes and the presentation is done entirely on PowerPoint. Any rubbish that we do have after our events such as pizza boxes and empty drink bottles are recycled using UC rubbish bins, or if there is none nearby then they are returned to one of the execs flats and recycled there.

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