Week 3: Casually Cool
What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, give me anything involving the outdoors. Running, playing golf, camping and fishing are all favorite hobbies of mine. People that know me well would say that once I find a hobby that interests me, I really immerse myself in it. Running or exercising is something I look forward to after a long day at work, my annual fishing trip with friends is something that we carefully plan and look forward to each year, and golfing with my father in the summer is a great excuse for us to spend time together. I think it’s important to have hobbies and things that bring you happiness outside of work and everyday life.
Week 2: Workplace Image
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
The best part about my job is that there is variety and a new challenge every day. My primary responsibility is to oversee the Treasury function and to manage company’s cash flow and the credit arrangements with our various banks. Additionally, we assist with preparing expense budgets and forecasting models, maintaining the company’s financial statements, and prepare financial reporting for management. We wear many hats and must juggle these various responsibilities as priorities change throughout the day. It is a fast paced job and I really enjoy the variety and challenges that come with it.
Week 1: First Impressions
What made you decide to pursue your current career or vocation?
There were many influences that factored into my decision to become an accountant. My father was an engineer, and I certainly inherited his knack for mathematics and curiosity for how things work. It took me a while to determine how I was going to put those skills to work in my own way, but things started to come together during my first year of college. While taking general business classes I had an accounting professor, Dr. John Talbott who inspired my interest in the subject, and is really the person I credit for showing me how to use my skills to be successful in accounting. He was infamous for cold-calling students for answers during class, and I remember vividly him singling me out to answer his questions. I would spend a little time before each class preparing for the dreaded cold-call question. Dr. Talbott turned out to be a mentor of mine as I went through the accounting program and he ended up helping me secure my very first job. As I reflect on this, I can’t say enough about surrounding yourself with the right people and having good mentors in your life. It has served me well to build relationships with people who I aspire to be and to learn the most I can from them.
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