This Fall semester I am teaching a class of Intermediate Accounting, and as part of the weekly assignments students are required to listen to a podcast or read articles and then post a discussion relating to questions I’ve posed. I’ve realized this is also a good opportunity to share the awesome podcasts I’ve been listening to and articles I’ve read with my network, and pose the same questions to you all. So, here is week 1 of 10:
The podcast this week was the Future of Accounting podcast hosted by Danetha Doe titled “Beer, Sports, and the 5 Steps to Stand Out as an Accountant with Tyler Skelton.”
Points to consider:
- Before you start writing about the podcast please write a blurb about yourself, such as why you chose Accounting as a major, and your current ideas about your future career.
- At about the 10 min. mark, they start discussing the biggest mistakes students make in their careers/before their careers. Tyler mentions not having an open-mind about your career is a big mistake. Is this something you’ve been guilty of? (I know I definitely was!)
- At 16:30 they talk about developing your personal brand. They mention having a social media presence. Do YOU have a LinkedIn or Twitter account for your professional life? If not, why not? If so, who are your favorite thought leaders from the profession that you are following?
- Danetha makes a great point: Your personal brand online is kind of like a credit score. Not having one is just as bad as having a bad one!
- At 32:30 Tyler gives his #1 tip to YP’s and students: Don’t stop building your network. What plans do you have for this semester to build your personal brand and grow your network?
It’s only fair that I post my responses to the questions above!
- My junior in high school I attended a presentation by the MOCPA, where a local CPA came in and talked about the profession, what the job looks like, typical salary and work hours, etc. Up to this point I was considering a career as an actuary because I “liked math”, but the lady was convincing, and my uncle is a tax accountant, so I signed up for the MOCPA student membership and took the free highlighter swag. Throughout the rest of my junior and senior year of HS I did what most teens do and changed my major about 5 times. At one point I was going to be a geneticist and solve the world’s cheetah population issues! After realizing that chemistry was my absolute worst subject, I made the switch to psychology, thinking I would become a life/business coach. My first semester of college was filled with statistics and introductory psych courses, and at the end of the semester I called my dad and said something like “I should probably take a business course so people think I know what I’m talking about.” The next semester I took Management 101, which is really the introductory course to the Management, Finance, or Accounting pathways within the business college. Accounting caught my eye again, so I took Accounting I, and you guessed it- it was love at first DR. You’ll never believe me when I say that I kept that highlighter swag through college. Talk about #fate.
- My failure to be open-minded about my career led me to an interesting place that was literally smack in the middle of what I vehemently denied wanting for my future career: public accounting. I told anyone with a pulse that public accounting wasn’t for me, that I never intended to take the CPA exam, and my career would probably be in banking or private accounting. But, I found myself in January of my last semester of college with no job offers, due mostly to my sense of false security at my internship and a disdain for career fairs. I sent my resume to the head of the accounting program, and crossed my fingers. Luckily, a firm here in town was looking for an audit staff, and I was one of the few grads who wanted to stay in town. #fatestrikesagain
- To answer this question: why else do you think I’m writing this post? 😉 But seriously, my favorite thought leaders so far are people who will be mentioned in this weekly post, so stay tuned.
- If reading that line didn’t automatically make you think about all the teenage-angst filled Facebook posts you made in high school, then you must not be a millennial.
- If you’re in Missouri, I’d love to see you at MOCPA events! Or, give me a shout-out and I’d love to get together over coffee, or chat here on LinkedIn.
Thanks for reading!