| Things to do
Things to avoid
Give "goody" bags. ||
At registration, we gave each student a
TSCPA tote bag filled with a program
T-shirt and donated pens, paper,
calculator, stress ball, a lanyard for a
name tag and similar items. ||
Too many off-campus visits in one day.
We made this mistake in our first year and
the students were worn out at the end of
day one. We found that about two or three
off-campus visits a day works great and
gives variety to the program agenda.
Take a digital picture of each student.
We used these pictures to send press
releases to each students hometown
newspaper at the end of the program.
Too many traditional office visits.
Remember that to a student, a cube is a
cube. Select businesses with a unique
spin. For instance, we visited the
Tennessee Titans practice facility and
had a presentation by the Titans
State a specific dress code. ||
We chose to go with a business casual
dress code and gave the students examples
of what types of clothing fit in this
category. We also provided students with a
copy of the universitys dress code.
Too much downtime. ||
Keep the students busy with fun activities
and events in the evenings to reduce idle
Visit work environment. ||
Make sure that when you schedule a tour
the students will actually visit the
companys work environment. Students like
to see where accountants work. ||
Program fees. ||
Avoid charging students to attend the
program so that less advantaged students
can attend. |
Check requirements for off-campus visits.
Several businesses we included had a
certain capacity they could handle in a
single visit. In 2003, we had to split
into two groups for one tour. Also, some
businesses required a certain ratio of
adult chaperones to high school students.
Knowing this in advance helped us line up
more faculty or recent graduates to serve
as chaperones as needed. ||
Fancy or gourmet meals. ||
High school students favor fast-food-type
meals such as hamburgers, fried chicken,
pizza, french fries, tacos, nachos and ice
Remind tour hosts of your upcoming
On-site contacts may neglect to notify
other firm personnel about the tour.