BEFORE GRADUATING LESSON 1: LEARN TO FAIL WELL

Do not graduate without knowing this!  As a lecturer I attend at least one graduation ceremony a year.  What a celebration – years of hard work publicly acknowledged.  Those that graduate have a body of knowledge that they have spent years accumulating.  For your future success however, you will need more than knowledge, as Charlie Munger points out in his 2007 USC commencement address:


Top 10 Interview Tips for New Graduates

We teach college students how to interview all the time. I was recently asked for the unique things that today’s college student must know and do to succeed in interviews. What I realised is that because students have almost no job interview experience, students don’t know what they don’t know. With help from our career counsellors, here’s my list of Top 10 interview tips for college students.


Job Interview Jitters

Job interviews can be difficult for many reasons, but some reasons, such as properly researching the company and the role, can be somewhat easily handled with thorough preparation. One aspect that can ruin it all, however, is nerves. You might have all the information you need, all the answers to every possible iteration of every possible question that can come up, but if nerves take over, they can ruin your hard work in an instant. So how do you stay on top of interview anxiety? We, at CA, have some advice for combatting those interview nerves that can sometimes get the better of us.


Western Cape Treasury Becomes a SAICA TOPP Training Office

The Western Cape Treasury: Chartered Accountants Academy (CAA) provides an avenue for prospective chartered accountants to receive accredited training inside public sector – they receive their training through Provincial Treasury and not through traditional audit firms. The CAA programme does not only reinforce academic education, but help develop business acumen, professional and ethical values.

Becoming a CA: TIPP or TOPP?

An important professional crossroad dissected

Anyone on the brink of Matric or university has been told, at the very least once, that they should become a Chartered Accountant. Becoming a CA (SA) entails graduating with a South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)-accredited degree and completing a SAICA-accredited training program, during which two SAICA-standardised exams are written. SAICA lists 15 accredited universities and institutions. Depending on where you go and how hard you study, this sets you back between R150 000 and R215 000 (in today’s prices) for four years of study (excluding accommodation, a party stipend and repeated years).