Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012

The Importance of a CMA Counselling Session

by Scott Roehl

Congratulations, you are interested in the CMA accounting designation. Now what?

The decision to pursue an accounting designation is filled with careful consideration and an eye to future goals both professionally and personally. Knowing this, it is important that you get all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Perhaps you have read through a CMA Path Brochure, visited the CMA Manitoba website, attended a CMA Information Session or talked to a family member or friend who is a CMA. These are all good sources to start your research and obtain more information about the designation.

The next step is to arrange a CMA Counselling Session which will further educate you on the program requirements, expectations and support provided. During this step, we will ask to receive a copy of your academic transcripts so that a transcript evaluation can be prepared for the counselling session.

During the session which usually lasts about an hour, Petra Noack Menzies (Program Administrator) will sit down with you to get to know you better, provide an overview of the program requirements, and most importantly answer your questions. A review of your transcript will also be provided such that if any missing requirements are identified, helpful guidance will be provided.

There is a lot to consider with a decision to pursue a CMA designation and a counselling session will help you make sense of it all.

April 18, 2012

Reality Check: Learning Doesn’t End at Graduation

by Scott Roehl

As I write this, students at various post-secondary institutions are busily involved in final examinations. For some, this time signifies the end of a journey; the end of studying, exams, papers, group projects. It’s Graduation time!

Hold on a moment.

Don’t get mad at me for being the messenger of bad news. Certainly it is important to take time to celebrate the achievement of graduating. It is a time to reflect on the journey and recognize those that have helped you along the way. But the end of studying and learning? Not so fast.

Reflecting upon my own graduation from university, I recall the last thought on my mind was going back to school or embarking on some sort of research to determine what I was going to learn next. I wanted to get as far away from books as possible and focus on other interests that I had put on hold while going to school. 

However, during that period of my life and ever since, I’ve come to respect and appreciate the importance of a commitment to continued learning. You need to take some time to look at the long-term. Where am I at now? What skills and knowledge do I currently possess? Where would I like to be in 10 years? What sorts of specialized knowledge or further training will I require in pursuit of my goals? These types of questions are not always easy to answer but are worth the time to consider.

Part of differentiating yourself is your belief in and commitment to life-long learning. Development will further enhance your knowledge and skill set to not only be a subject matter expert, but a positive contributor in your organization and community. 

So graduates, enjoy the celebration and time to re-charge your batteries! But don’t forget, learning doesn’t stop after your last exam.




April 2, 2012

These students are “smart cookies”

by Scott Roehl

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This week I am grateful to once again be a volunteer external examiner for RRC’s Business Administration Entrepreneurship Practicum (EP) presentations. A few weeks ago, I was provided a business plan for an intriguing venture that has developed a concept around delicious cookies. I am looking forward to the team presentation this week!

What is the Business Administration Entrepreneurship Practicum?
Students who are in the final year of the Business Administration program have to complete the Entrepreneurship Practicum. As described in the outline provided to examiners, “the purpose of the assignment is to provide an opportunity for the students to develop and demonstrate business related skills such as research, report writing, time and project management, networking with the business community and self-directed teamwork.” Groups consisting of ten or more students spend the year applying course knowledge by developing a business plan for a fictitious venture.

How are the business plans judged?
The Entrepreneurship Practicum assignment consists of a final written business plan to be submitted as well as an oral presentation before an External Examiner Panel. External examiners are primarily made up of members from the business community who volunteer their time to read and grade the business plan as well as provide helpful suggestions after the presentation. Feedback from the examiners contributes towards final grades in the course.

Why do I volunteer as an external examiner?
If you have ever created or reviewed a business plan, you know how much time and effort is required to development one. I am consistently amazed at the hard work, commitment and creativity displayed by the students to complete this assignment. It is no small feat especially with most students being enrolled in a full course schedule and the struggles that exist to align schedules to meet as a group regularly. I am pleased that RRC offers a course like this as entrepreneurship is an important driver for our economy in Manitoba. Whether students plan to launch their venture or simply meet the requirements for a learning exercise, the lessons learned will serve them well in to the future. And quite honestly, how could I not learn from these talented students? It is a rewarding experience for all involved.

Thank you to Taras Wasyliw, Entrepreneurship Course Leader, and all of the Entrepreneurship Course Instructors for the opportunity to participate again this year.

[Click here to read about the Entrepreneurship Practicum Trade Show students also participate in.]