Helpful Hints
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 studentžs 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 Titansž practice facility and had a presentation by the Titans president.
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 universityžs dress code. Too much downtime. Keep the students busy with fun activities and events in the evenings to reduce idle time.
Visit work environment. Make sure that when you schedule a tour the students will actually visit the companyžs 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 cream.
Remind tour hosts of your upcoming arrival. On-site contacts may neglect to notify other firm personnel about the tour.    


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