Wherever we’re at in life and in our career, we must keep learning new skills, and we must be curious and ask questions that will spark critical thought.We also have to own our development. So often people look to their employers for ongoing development, and I encourage you to take ownership over it and not wait around.There are plenty of amazing resources out there, some free and some have nominal costs. Here are a few of the resources I love.
When we neglect the important work, it catches up with us at some point. And I’ve learned the hard way.Here’s a suggestion for you that I’ve learned from trial and error: plan your day, week, and month and experience what it’s like to take ownership of your schedule.
Meetings: No one loves them, and everyone hates them. So why do we keep having meetings? Because collaboration and sharing of information are vital to running an effective team or firm. I would argue that if meetings were run better, people would actually get a lot out of them and not dread attending. Take these four tips into consideration when you're running your next meeting and watch your firm's meeting habits change.
Your managers are arguably one of the most essential layers in your organization. They bridge the divide between senior leaders and contributor level employees. Most importantly, managers carry out communication and reinforce the mission, vision, and values that the executive team defines.When you hire a new people leader of any type, human resources or senior leadership should ensure their managers get the tools to make them effective in their role.
Informational interviews are a proactive step when you're searching for a new job or looking to elevate your career. People new in their careers and seasoned professionals should regularly conduct informational interviews to expand their knowledge and network. If you don't know what an informational interview is, this is the simplest way I can put it.
As a service professional, like a CPA, it seems like there's no extra time in the day for reading. But without spending time on developing other areas besides tax and accounting knowledge, how will you ever grow in your career?Read these three books and you'll be well on your way to becoming the most well-rounded person in your office. Not only that but you'll make positive changes in your life!
While no career path is completely recession proof, the public accounting CPA career path offers a unique opportunity to those seeking stability and opportunity. This path potentially ranges from student all the way up to Partner & Shareholder (read owner with company profit sharing) with a clear route, consistent economic opportunity and career support all along the way.