Jessi EngelhardGoing into your first busy season in public accounting can be quite intimidating.  If you’ve dubbed yourself an auditor, it’s likely that week one you’ll be interacting with the client.  Or if you’ve chosen tax, you’re given the forms and asked to go with it.  Everything in school seems challenging but then you get hit with the real world of public accounting.  If you haven’t realized it yet, you will soon…school gives you the vocabulary, the frame of reference, and the ability to confidently tell the difference between debits and credits, but it’s your first busy season where you learn how much you don’t know.  I recently came across an article in the Journal of Accountancy that included tips for first-year auditors.  Even though some of the tips seem obvious, sometimes, we have to remind ourselves. (more…)

By Karen Vergara, CPA

Earlier this year, I decided that it was time to challenge myself with a new goal – train and finish my first sprint triathlon. Now, this comes from someone that once ran a 5K and vowed to never do it again! I was going against my own previous declaration. However, the process of training and finishing the triathlon reminded me so much of my journey of taking the CPA exam that I realized the same skills athletes use to train for their races are also the same skills students and young professionals can use to study and take the CPA exam. (more…)