Monday, March 11, 2013
Ten Career Tips for Young CPAs - Part 3
PART 3 - Steps 6, 7, 8
Step 6: Learn to Prioritize
This can be tough as a new CPA. You probably don't have all the information you need to truly prioritize your tasks. Often, staff focus on the noisiest person's tasks first. Or, staff tries to keep everything moving at once and doesn't get anything done on time. The best course of action is to send a group email to everyone that has open projects with you. Outline your plan and priority list. If there are problems, you'll hear about it and can then schedule a short face to face meeting with the conflicting supervisors to work it out. Rarely can you make the call yourself.
Step 7: Wake Up Early
This is a tough one. I do believe there are morning people and night people. Don't force yourself into being a morning person if it's just not you. But, do pay attention to when you are most productive. Spend time on more complex projects during that time. For everyone, having a daily work plan is a huge help. Take a few minutes at the start of your day to identify what needs to be accomplished. Plan your day to make it happen.
Step 8: Be a Sponge
In public accounting, the learning never stops. You can learn from clients, co-workers, partners, interns, anyone. Be open and curious. Ask questions. Find better, more efficient ways to complete a task. Ask a variety of people about their career path. Talk to clients about how they started their business. All of that information can help you become a better business advisor.
Check back later for my final thoughts on Steps 9 and 10.
Ten Career Tips for Young CPAs