Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Career Shifts - Finding Opportunities in Your Company
We're in the middle of college recruiting season. Candidates often ask me why I love to work at Jones & Roth. I love this question because it allows me to share my experiences with candidates and demonstrate the culture of J&R. It also allows me to talk about the challenging and diverse opportunities in public accounting - even within one firm. I'm one example of just how that might work.
Here are some of the positions I've had at J&R:
* Staff Accountant - I started as a staff accountant preparing tax returns, audits, compilations and reviews.
* Municipal Auditor - In the assurance area, I worked on many governmental engagements and obtained my municipal auditor license.
* Large Client Group Team Member - A lot of my time was spent working with 3-4 client groups managing the compliance engagements and facilitating special projects and advisory services for those clients.
* Champion of Advisory Services - I helped the firm create a more structured approach to providing advisory services to clients, including strategic planning, team development, recruiting, etc.
* Strategic Planner - I facilitated our internal strategic planning process for the firm and industry niches. I worked with the Managing Shareholder to develop strategies to improve the firm.
* Career Coach - Most of my time these days is spent helping our team members develop a customized career plan that helps them be successful at work while balancing personal life. In addition, I manage the firms human resources functions. I continue to provide advisory services to clients. I also speak to community organizations about a variety of business success topics.
When I started as a staff accountant, I never imagined that I might end up as a Career Coach and Business Advisor. The prospect of that would have scared me.
I think what made this work for me was that I was always curious and open to new challenges. I paid attention to what type of work and type of client energized me. Then, I started asking for opportunities. Along the way, Jones & Roth has been extremely supportive and has allowed me to create my own position. I'm very lucky.
My challenge for you - don't get stuck in a prescribed role or career path. Pay attention to what you love to do. Look for opportunities. Ask for challenges. Open a new door even if it's a little scary. You never know where it might take you.
This article gives another example of another person who found opportunities in one company.
The Glass Hammer - Voice of Experience