Monday, September 28, 2015

Choices: Why consider a Local/Regional CPA firm?



Your accounting degree provides many career options after graduation.  It can be a little overwhelming to consider which path to take.  

I've been at Jones & Roth for over 20 years.  Here is my perspective on the advantages of working for a Local/Regional firm.

People
Public accounting is a challenging career with busy seasons.  There are times you'll be working a lot of hours.  Guess who will be there with you?  Your co-workers.  Work is so much easier when you like the people you work with.  I've been blessed to work with wonderful people over the years that were so supportive, collaborative and focused on working together to make a positive impact for our clients.  My mentors and co-workers have provided support, advice and fun.  Since we have individualized career plans, we aren't competitive with each other, but helpful and supportive.  The people have made such a positive impact on my life and career.  

Exploration
At Jones & Roth, each team member creates their own customized career path that addresses their interests, passions and strengths with an intention of balancing their professional and personal goals.   Coming out of school, it's hard to say what you want your career to look like. We encourage team members to explore service and industry areas and identify the types of clients they enjoy working with. As a manager and shareholder, most of your time will be spent with those clients so find the industries that challenge and excite you.  

I've explored all types of technical and industry services including governmental auditing, closely held family groups, manufacturing, nonprofit, tax preparation and planning services, advisory services and now I'm working with firm wide operations.  I would have never been able to predict my career path.  I would not have experienced the variety if I didn't work in a local/regional firm.  Keep an open mind and see where your career will take you.

Flexibility 
Local/Regional firms have incredible flexibility for team members.  Over the last 17+ years, I've worked a FlexLife schedule to allow me to be a homeroom parent, volunteer at my kids school, coach soccer teams, and care for my grandparents.  I've continued to advance and take advantages of opportunities within the firm with the support and mentoring of the partners. You will events that happen in your life that impact your priorities.  A flexible firm will help you navigate through those changes.

Input
At a Local/Regional Firm you are part of running the firm.  At J&R, everyone has opportunities to provide input in to how things are run.  Have an idea to improve a process?  It's welcomed. Interested in leading a new industry niche?  Tell us about it.  Have ideas about employee morale?  Share your thoughts.  It's exciting to know our input can make a difference and we have the ability to help the firm continuously improve and change.  Use your entrepreneurial spirit as soon as you start.

Client Relationships
Jones & Roth does not work with publicly traded companies.  What does that mean?  That means we are working with closely held businesses and we get to work directly to the owners and key management t.  Our clients aren't just looking for compliance advice. They want a trusted advisor to help them build a successful business.  That means we need to understand their business.  Our job as advisors is to help the individual business owners achieve their own success.  We get to know our clients, their families, their dreams, what keeps them up at night and then help them get to where they want to go. How exciting is that?!

Impact
At Jones & Roth, we are encouraged to make an impact from day 1 - an impact on our clients, community and each other.  That looks different for each of us.  I choose to get involved in youth sports and Girl Scouts.  I had a passion for both and jumped in with both feet.  I was able to make an impact and represent my firm in a positive way.  Building strong relationships with clients gives us the opportunity to improve someone's life.  Being a supportive, engaged team member makes an impact on our team members now and in the future.


These are just a few of the reasons why choosing a Local/Regional firm was right for me.  I could share many more. 

I encourage you to consider this option.  Talk to these firms at recruiting events, ask the representatives what they love about their firm and see if this option is right for you.  


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