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What’s Brewing, Future CPAs? Small Talk or Your Next Big Break?

October 05, 2023

by Monette Anderson

Summer’s over, and while you’ve been savoring that iced coffee, the chatter around small talk has been percolating. Want to know how casual conversations can lead you to your dream job? Let's spill the tea! 

The Bigger Picture: Loneliness and Professional Isolation 

You may have heard about the loneliness epidemic gripping the nation. According to a recent advisory from the US Surgeon General, social isolation has been rising steadily over the past two decades, affecting both mental and physical well-being. This trend is echoed in professional spheres too, as technology increasingly minimizes our need for person-to-person interactions. 

The Lost Art of Professional Banter 

Automated systems, remote work, and digital recruitment—while efficient, these advancements often remove the interpersonal interactions that build not just rapport but professional networks. However, these seemingly trivial conversations can serve as a stepping stone to better understanding, collaboration, and innovation in the workplace. As noted by journalist Bettina Makalintal, these short exchanges can "humanize what is ultimately just a transaction." 

Small Talk, Big Opportunities 

Casual conversations during a coffee break or a brief discussion about current trends in accounting can lead to more substantial dialogues, like collaborative projects, job opportunities, or industry insights. These instances might seem minor, but they build the fabric of a supportive professional community. 

Make Meaningful Connections at Coffee, Convos & Companies 

Don't just take our word for it; come experience the power of meaningful dialogue for yourself. Join us to foster real connections that can lead to mentorships, internships, and possibly even your dream job in accounting. At this event you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Meet and connect with professionals from various accounting firms 
  • Discuss industry trends and specialties with professionals established in those fields 
  • Enjoy a delicious selection of pastries and specialty coffees from our coffee cart 

RSVP Today

Remember, small talk is the beginning of a bigger conversation. We look forward to assisting you in building your professional network, one meaningful conversation at a time. 

Monette Anderson, CAE, is  the WSPCA Vice President of Member Services & Education and Executive Director of the Washington CPA Foundation. You can contact Monette at