5 Simple Steps: A Guide for Young Public Accountants

HarmonFor many young graduates, the transition from school and part-time hourly employment to a full-time career can be difficult. Here are five simple steps to help young public accountants in their thinking and behavior during that transition:

  1. Attack Each Day – It can sometimes be difficult to always bring that positive attitude you know you’re capable of. Just remember to attack each day with an eager enthusiasm. People want to work with people that enjoy their work and can bring that energy to the whole team. Dicky Fox: “I love the mornings! I clap my hands every morning and say, ‘This is gonna be a great day!’”
  2. Join a Committee – Many firms have internal committees that take on responsibilities such as recruiting, firm events, charities, etc. It can be easy for young public accountants to think they don’t have the time to take on more responsibilities. However, these committees usually don’t require an unreasonable time commitment and are an opportunity to gain more insight into the firm and help grow relationships with others.
  3. Cultivate Big Picture Thinking – As we begin our career, we can become so focused on finishing the job and moving to the next project that we forget to look at the larger picture. Try to incorporate Big Picture Thinking into your day-to-day process. Robert Kiyosaki: “Thinking is hard work. When you are forced to think, you expand your mental capacity.” So, take the time to think about your process and your goals.
  4. Become a CPA – There is no better way to take control of your career and send a signal to your firm than by becoming licensed. This step seems obvious, but many young accountants procrastinate on taking steps to accomplish this goal. Within the first three months of employment a young accountant should be signing up and studying for the exam. It makes all the difference!!
  5. Ask Questions Every day is an opportunity to learn and grow. As young accountants, there are many problems and situations in our profession that will be new to you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your seniors and managers. An open dialogue helps all parties understand their roles and can keep you properly informed. Think about your questions, listen to the answers, and apply it to your career development.

If you incorporate these five simple steps into your everyday process, you will find yourself becoming a better employee, co-worker, leader, and accountant.

Taylor Harmon

YCPA Committee Member