Our Professional Events mainly focus on professional development of our members. Throughout the year, our Chapter organises exclusive networking events with professional firms and sponsors. These events are aimed at providing our members the opportunities to broaden their knowledge of the profession and build meaningful relationships.

 

2020

BAP USYD x UniMelb Accounting & Finance Speed Networking Event

17 September 2020

A massive thank you to all our industry reps who joined us for our speed networking event yesterday, in what was our inaugural collaboration with Beta Alpha Psi – University of Sydney!

COVID-19 has placed a multitude of limitations on our lives and networking opportunities have been hard to come by, but this event has shown that does not have to be the case. By rotating members in breakout rooms with representatives from their industries of preference, everyone got the chance to network and gain insights into what careers at these firms would look like!

Another massive thank you to our chapter president Marlayna for her tireless efforts in ensuring the room allocations, by no means a small feat with 17 firm representatives (Atlassian, Australian Taxation Office, Banks Group, Canva, Cbus Super Fund, Commonwealth Bank, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton Australia, IBM, KPMG Australia, L’Oréal, Macquarie Group, Oaktree, Transurban and Victorian Auditor-General’s Office) and 120 participants from both chapters.

We hope everyone in attendance enjoyed the event and formed meaningful connections!

CPA Australia: Standing Out in a Crowded Market

12 August 2020

COVID-19 has resulted in a change in circumstances for many people and a heightened level of uncertainty. Our members got the chance to hear from industry experts as they share their insights, experience and tips to assist them.

We were joined by an expert panel featuring Brad Gatehouse CPA, Head of Accounting & Finance and Supply Chain & Operations, Tribe; Lisa Oakley, Director, Love Your Work NZ; Laurent Sylvestre, CEO and Founder, The Human Perspectives. We also got the chance to join in the Q&A session during this interactive webinar!

McGrathNicol: COVID-19 Business Disruption & Preparation for Rebound Session

6 August 2020

Our members had the opportunity to attend a webinar session hosted by the wonderful team at McGrathNicol. In this session, our members had the chance to hear from the experienced guest speakers including Rob Smith (Partner), Nicole Jackson (Senior Manager) and Frances Cardamone (Assistant Manager) who shared their data-supported insights of the Australian economy in wake of the recent pandemic lockdowns and seismic shifts to consumer behaviour.

It was an interactive session as we also got the chance to brainstorm ideas on controlling working capital and reflect on the key takeaways at the end of the session. A huge thank you to the McGrathNicol team for hosting this insightful webinar!

Pitcher Partners: Power BI Session

28 July 2020

A massive thank you to Pitcher Partners for this introduction to Power BI! In this day and age, just about everything is driven by data. This event provided an opportunity to get training with one of the leading data visualisation tools, which was certainly beneficial and eye-opening for all members in attendance.

Our members were all impressed by the extensive functionality and efficiency of Power BI and its endless applications in an academic as well as professional context!

Insider Guides Information Session

22 May 2020

This morning we joined Insider Guides to hear about the future careers of international students.

Guest speakers Bijay Sapkota, Rebecca Hall and The Hon. Phil Honeywood shared some important perspectives on the future job prospects for international students in a job market that has been heavily impacted by both the Australian bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. With the Australian economy experiencing unprecedented unemployment levels, the search for jobs has become increasingly difficult- especially for International Students who have limited work rights.

Top tips for securing employment included encouraging international students to become immersed in Australian culture and taking steps to help their job applications stand out from others; by doing things as small as following up with recruiters after sending in their CV. It was suggested that employers also find value in seeing students join in on community activities- whether through sporting teams or volunteering.

Huge thank you to the Insider Guides team for this insightful session!

Grant Thornton Networking Night

11 March 2020

On Wednesday March 11th, our BAP members joined representatives from Grant Thornton for their ‘Get to Know the Business’ Night!

We met with a number of representatives from audit through to consulting, and heard about what to expect through pursuing a career at Grant Thornton.

It was a wonderful privilege to visit the Melbourne office, and we thank Grant Thornton for hosting us!

2019

BAP Leadership Day 2019

1 October 2019

The second day of the BAP Leadership Day event was jam packed with brilliant speakers and presenters as well as interactive workshops and time for our members to network and socialise with the guests and the members of BAP Monash University.

Centred around the theme of Diversity and Inclusion, the day started off with a presentation from EY representatives Derek Li, Claudia Riseborough, & Kirsten Callander about D&I at EY. The morning session concluded with an Equality and Inclusion interactive workshop where Nick McGuigan, Lisa Powell and Alessandro Ghio got the members to create “Unboxing Videos”, expressing in a creative and hands-on way how diversity can be encouraged in teams.

A hearty lunch was catered for all attendees by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, followed by sessions about Neurodiversity by Andrew Eddy & Chris Turner and Supporting Indigenous Australians in the Workplace by Richard Hurst.

The last speaker session was a vibrant and interactive session about Gender Equality by Helen Babb which sparked lots of interesting conversations amongst members.

The day concluded with an informative panel with Elliot Batiste, Brent Patterson and Mangala Prasetia about the upcoming Best Practices and Project Run With It competitions coming up in the BAP calendar next year.

The committee members from BAP UniMelb as well as BAP Monash put many hours into this extremely successful and engaging event, and all members convey their gratitude to their hard work!

XERO Workshop

19 September 2019

In this event, our members gathered together on campus to attend a skills workshop held by Xero. We were invited to a version of Xero which we were able to familiarise ourselves with via several activities led by the wonderful Xero representatives Louis Morello and Maha Siddiqui. These activities not only helped us understand the basics of the program, but also enhanced our knowledge on some of its more advanced functions. We were also able to learn about the network of apps that can be used in conjunction with Xero, which greatly increase its functionality!

Our members thoroughly enjoyed being able to learn about and get hands-on experience with one of the most popular accounting programs in Australia, which will be sure to aid them as they make their transition into the workforce!

We would like to thank both Louis Morello and Maha Siddiqui for taking the time out of their busy schedules to hold a thoroughly informative and enjoyable session on Xero’s software!

MYOB Workshop

23 May 2019

The Xi Lambda chapter had the pleasure of hosting MYOB for a session on MYOB Essentials.

The session involved exposing students to MYOB AccountRight and MYOB Essentials, showing us features including payroll, invoicing, bank feeds, paying super and single touch payroll.

The session was highly informative and students were able to appreciate the value of being skilled in accounting related software and how these skills can improve work efficiency and work flow.

The software with its user-friendly interface and advanced AI provided for a quick and comprehensive understanding of the software. We were also exposed to creating advisory reports for internal and managerial reporting and ATO compliant reporting.

We would like to thank both Justin Scholten and Joanna Kate for kindly donating their time to us for the evening. What a fantastic way to end our first semester!

CA ANZ Networking Session

9 May 2019

We joined CA ANZ for their SMP Q&A Panel, where students had the opportunity to meet with industry professionals and learn about the opportunities present in pursuing a career in a small to medium professional services firms. Always great to see our Beta Alpha Psi – Xi Epsilon, Monash University friends at events too!

BAP Essential Skills Workshop with CA ANZ

6 May 2019

The University of Melbourne, Xi Lambda Chapter participated in a BAP Essential Skills workshop broken into two sessions on emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills in the workplace. We had the privilege of hearing from Karen Foo on her own experiences and how we are able to best advance our own emotional intelligence.

We are confident that our members went home with important takeaways that will greatly benefit them in their future career journeys!

Xi Lambda Chapter Installation & Initiation Night

3 May 2019

This was our Beta Alpha Psi flagship night where our full members were initiated and our chapter officially received its name, the Xi Lambda Chapter! All our members showed up in full force on this momentous evening! There was amazing catering with food and drinks for all, and our members had the chance to meet and network with some of the current leaders in the accounting world. Among those were the University Academics, International BAP representatives, Professional services firm representatives and other BAP members from both Monash and Deakin Chapters.

We would like to pass along our thanks to all the parties who have been involved in the establishment of Xi Lambda to date. We will continue to strive to be a leading student society for students completing their Accounting major with their Bachelor of Commerce. A special mention for the Business and Economics at Melbourne faculty for their ongoing support- we cannot thank you enough.

Thank you also to our international and interstate guests who made this event so special. This one will go down in the history books!

KPMG Networking Session

2 April 2019

We are off to a great start with our first professional event of the year now under our belts! We would like to extend a huge thank you to KPMG for hosting us for a fantastic session covering two essential skills- negotiation skills and accepting feedback!

The negotiation skills session saw us learning about the value of listening and leveraging a situation and what the goals and costs of the negotiation process can be.

During the accepting feedback session, we learned about the importance of being able to deliver and receive feedback in a positive and effective manner. This allowed us to understand and appreciate the importance of feedback for our own growth and development.

The discussion forum provided us a great opportunity to get in our own questions as well!

The University of Melbourne Chapter Launch

12 February 2019

On 12th February 2019, the University of Melbourne, Xi Lambda Chapter was officially launched. An auspicious event indeed as we are the third Chapter launched in Melbourne, Victoria and the 333rd Chapter internationally!

Congrats to Derek and the team who made this dream into a reality!