hetzelAs busy season comes to a close young CPAs are able to find more time to relax with their favorite hobbies and activities, but as young CPAs, we always look for places where we can grow in ourselves and career. Over the past year, I have been working to grow myself by reading more, which will help with my writing, comprehension, reading speed, and overall knowledge. In researching methods to increase my reading, I found a great article from the Harvard Business Review, “8 Ways to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year.” The article gives few tips on how to increase your reading, some I have already begun implementing including:   (more…)

masonI like to describe myself as an “older millennial” in recent years.  I have been heavily involved in campus recruiting and find it interesting how the younger half of our generation values technology, flexibility, and companies with purpose even more than I do.

When I started my first internship, we still used hard-copy workpapers and transitioned over that year to electronic workpapers (much to the displeasure of some of my mature coworkers).  Now, our interns work strictly in electronic databases and have some Excel skills that I’m envious of.  I have even found that the college classes have caught up and are teaching technology more than ever! (more…)

schneiderAs most CPAs know, surviving busy season can seem like quite a challenge. With our priorities focused on meeting client deadlines and billing hours, taking care of ourselves sometimes gets put on the back burner. Stress, exhaustion, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise can begin to take a toll on our physical and mental health; this can in turn effect many aspects of our lives, including our work. As our less-than-stellar health habits impact our productivity, we need to work even longer hours to get things done, and so the downward spiral begins. As we prepare for the 2017 busy season (yes, it’s right around the corner) here are some easy and realistic tips to stay healthy, happy and productive along the way. (more…)

It seems to be a common occurrence to discuss generations these days and the most talked about generation within my earshot seems to be Generation Y, also known as the millennials (born after 1980). This also happens to be the category I fall into. My perception is that popular topics relating to Gen Y range from work ethic and “unrealistic” expectations, to simply how to keep us engaged. However, what may be more important than discussing Gen Y or any other generation in a vacuum, is a discussion of the generations coexisting.  (more…)