Careers: Our CFE secret weapon: Meet Samantha
Training and Development at Crowe BGK
Meet Samantha Gillespie, CPA, CA, Manager: Staff Involved in Passing on Knowledge to the Next Generation
While studying to get my title and pass the UFE (now called the CFE) I became frustrated with the standard one-size-fits-all approach to exam success. I wanted to take my experience and help others succeed on their own path. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and working together helps everyone in their road to success.
After I passed the UFE in 2010, I began tutoring students who were in the CPA program and coaching students writing the UFE. This experience has allowed me to give back to my colleagues at Crowe BGK.
Over the course of the last several years, I have worked with Crowe BGK to help develop our approach to the CFE.
Approach to the Common Final Examination (CFE)
At Crowe BGK, we take great pride in supporting our students so they may excel at the CFE examination. Our approach to the CFE is individualized to ensure each candidate receives the support and coaching they need to be successful in passing the CFE exam. Our approach includes the following:
CFE Mentoring Program
Crowe BGK pairs up successful CFE writers with CFE candidates to provide them with guidance, encouragement and support throughout the CFE summer to help the candidates develop the confidence and soft skills necessary to be a successful CFE writer.
Individualized Attention and Coaching
CFE coaching and support is provided on a one-on-one basis to address individual strengths and weaknesses. Our coaching compliments the coaching received in the CPA program at university or the national program offered by the Order.
Group coaching is provided throughout the summer for exam debriefing and review of exam writing strategies. The sessions take place after all students have written the same exam questions and have been graded by our coach (an experienced grader) providing individual feedback. These group sessions, moderated by our coach, provide an opportunity to review performance and highlight best practices regarding technical content and exam writing techniques as well as to get support and encouragement from your peers and the firm.
Crowe BGK staff members offer assistance to students throughout their studies. This can include case grading, review of subject matter covered in courses and exam materials, and advice and support from more experienced staff. In the past, peer support has included weekend group tutorials before exams, and individualized tutoring sessions for students having difficulties with specific subjects.
Crowe BGK’s training and coaching program aims to build on and complement the CPA programs offered through universities, as well as the national program offered by the CPA order. We offer both personal on-the- job training and professional technical training on an on-going basis.
The trainers keep current on each student’s course of study, and they work to develop an individualized approach to best meet the student’s needs. Our study leave is flexible to each student and their school’s individualized requirements.
For students in the national program, we ensure that they are exposed to the subject matter being covered in each module. We are available to answer questions and provide academic and exam writing support.
At Crowe BGK we work together as a team to ensure each student achieves success. Our program has evolved over time. As a result, we have enjoyed a near-perfect pass rate at the CFE (formerly UFE) in the last five years.