48 An ‘audit’ of successful strategies co-operative education students employ during CPA Recruit


Candy Ho, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Annually, thousands of hopeful accounting students go through the recruitment process facilitated by their Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) professional association. Yet, there is little to no research studying their experience in this competitive process, let alone discovering the strategies that students employed to secure coveted positions working in an accounting firm.

Recipient of the 2016 CAFCE Research Grant, this qualitative study explored the lived-experience of students who were successful in securing CPA positions and compared their experience to their unsuccessful counterparts. This session will discuss its findings and recommendations to improve recruitment practices, curricular and co-operative educational components in accounting and business programs.



Candy Ho, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Candy currently teaches in the Co-operative Education department and in Faculty of Arts’ Educational Studies department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. A doctoral candidate at Simon Fraser University, she is keenly interested in educational leadership, and in particular the role of postsecondary professionals in student career development. She sees research as a lens to learn about people and organizations, and as a vehicle to improve process, policies, and practices.


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