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Putting students at the forefront

Meet Katie Goodall, the new President of the CIPFA Student Network and assistant manager, public sector audit, at KPMG

December 2015

Why did you want to run for president?
I was really encouraged to get more involved by CIPFA’s regional president in Yorkshire and Humber, Jayne Stephenson. She highlighted the benefits of volunteering; not only is it good for the soul, it also gives you the chance to be exposed to learning new skills. You also get to talk to interesting people, many who are at the top of their careers and, of course, there are the opportunities for career advancement. After all it does look great on the CV! It also made sense to me to take an active role in shaping and giving back to the institute; to make it more than just the four additional letters of CPFA that would go after my name. In terms of membership, student members are the future of the institute – I wanted to take part in ensuring that future.

How much time do you dedicate to the CIPFA Student Network (CSN)?
Obviously it is more work on top of the day job, and for most of us on top of our studies as well. It does mean giving up a few weekends or lunch hours at work to support the institute and develop the events, such as the annual student conference. Recently, I gave up a couple weekends to sit e-assessment mock exams so that we could provide robust feedback. We’re also active regionally as well, developing the offer the regions can give to students. So yes, it is extra work, but it’s an amazing opportunity and I wouldn’t volunteer if I didn’t enjoy it.
What is the best event the network put on in the past 12 months?
Every year, CSN organises the student conference day at the national conference. Last time we had a packed room full of over 100 students where we focused on inspiring them as they continue with their careers after they qualify. Feedback suggested attendees found the session on emotional intelligence and demonstration of the new e-assessments really useful.

Do you think PQs appreciate the work the network does for them?
As long as they enjoy the events we organise and the work we do helps them in their learning experiences, such as our work in supporting the development of regional student networks, that’s all that matters.

Is CIPFA doing a good job of keeping its PQs informed of the changes ahead?
I think so. For instance, CIPFA’s biggest change for students is the introduction of e-assessments for a couple of exams from December, with the remainder to transition to e-assessments for the June sitting. This has been publicised in newsletters that we emailed to students, and with events put on at both the national conference and out in the regions to demonstrate the new systems to students.

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