Gina Hill

Week 1

The combination of both large and small firm attributes is what initially attracted me to Clayton & McKervey.  The people are down to earth and approachable at all levels, but are by no means lacking in expertise, professionalism and experience.  And while they may not be as large as some firms in the industry, the opportunities seem unlimited.  In fact, the expertise at C&M extends globally.  To me, this revealed an emphasis on quality which was important when it came to the decision to join their team.

I had high expectations when I started, and in my first week these were easily met.  Not only did everyone extend a warm welcome, but no one hesitated to offer help and I find myself excited to be coming to work.

During my first week, there was a firm-wide staff meeting during which I was surprised to learn exactly how much the firm had grown in just the past year.  As evidenced by their recent rebranding and remodel, the firm is continuously working to maintain a competitive edge by exploring opportunities in technology, business development, community outreach and more.

I am most looking forward to learning from the people here at C&M.  I believe they provide an environment that will prepare me for success, and I am excited to take the next step in my career as a member of this team.

Month 1

I can’t believe it’s already been a month, the time has flown by.  My experience has been great,  I’ve had to learn a lot of new processes, but I’m still surprised at how helpful everyone has been.  I’m starting to feel like a regular part of the team.

What I like best about C&M is the people – which really surprises me to say.  I’m a little bit of an introvert and meeting new people is usually the most intimidating part of being new, but it hasn’t been so bad here.  Everyone is friendly and also really on top of it and good at what they do.  They seem like colleagues I can learn from and rely on.

Last weekend, our firm sponsored a team in a Flag Football tournament at Ford Field supporting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.  I signed up to play and it was a blast!  Plus it was a great chance to get to know people in other departments who I wouldn’t normally come into contact with.  And I got to enjoy the whole experience while supporting a good cause.

Overall, I have no complaints after my first month.  I think I’m in a great place and I’m so excited to see what else is in store.

Six Months

If I could describe the past 6 months at C&M in one world it would be educational. I have been exposed to so many new aspects of tax and accounting, and have been challenged to refine what technical skills I do have. I think the most valuable skill that I have mastered would be that I have gained a better understanding of is the cost/benefit relationship between the work that we do and the value it provides to our clients. In a perfect world, our work would not be restricted by time or budget, but it takes intuition and highly effective communication to balance both while delivering results. I think the leadership in my department demonstrates these skills well, and I try to mirror that in my approach.

For anyone just starting out their career I would tell them that a positive attitude goes a long way. Starting out is hard on the ego – you’re going to make mistakes and you’re going to feel like you don’t know anything at times, but you have to accept that and not let it discourage you from asking questions (and write it down so you don’t have to ask again) and accepting constructive criticism. I know from personal experience that it’s often easier said than done, but that’s the best way to learn and it demonstrates your initiative to do the job right.