Student Plant Tour Review
Visit to PG&E
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) sponsored an Ohlone College student visit to PG&E’s office in San Francisco on February 13, 2020.
This was an opportunity to meet with PG&E’s Accounting and Finance team. The students found out what it is like to work in a large corporate environment and get practical career advice.
The event went well. The tour had 17 management accounting students from Ohlone College along with their professor attend. Ken Shepard and Brian Carlson were the Chapter Board Members that attended from the Chapter. The Event started off with a tour of PG&E’s Emergency Operation Center. Then the group had a round-table discussion with 8 PG&E accounting/finance employees (4 Associates (0 to 2 years of experience) and 4 managers/directors). Topics included PG&E’s new hire training program, their career path within PG&E, the opportunities the Corporation have to do different things while working for PG&E, what a typical day was like, what the transition from college to working was like, and advice and recommendations for the students. The students were very engaged during the discussions. After the round-table discussion the group had lunch. The PG&E employees did a great job of interacting with the students over lunch. Initial feedback has been very positive from the students, their professor and the PG&E employees.
A big thanks to Wayland Chan at PG&E for setting things up on that end, Ken Shepard for making the connection with Professor James Andrews at Ohlone College, Professor Andrews for organizing the student group and getting them to PG&E’s office in San Francisco, Brian Carlson for coordinating the Tour, and Sherry Morse for providing the IMA bags, note pads, and pens which were passed out to the delight of the students (along with a small PG&E flashlight).
IMA Student Memberships: Students can join IMA for only $39 (http://www.imanet.org/students/student-membership). Joining IMA gives students access to scholarships and competitions, networking and professional development opportunities, our Student Leadership Conference, CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification, and more!