Let’s Chat – Week 1

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!)
  3. 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?
  4. 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!
  5. 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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!