Amanda Alvarado graduated from Wayne State University in 2015 with her Masters of Science in Accounting. She is currently a Staff Accountant in our Tax Department as well as an active member of our State and Local Tax Team.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day for me here at C&M involves a lot of screen time, as expected. Usually there will be meetings regarding current and upcoming engagements that also fill in sporadically throughout the week. Now that busy season is over the days are broken up with trainings, fun outings, and “catch up” lunches, here and there.
What is the most meaningful part of your job?
The most meaningful part of my job is the overall feeling that you know you make a difference and actually do matter when it comes down to the end product heading out the door. I think this is the mid-size firm feel we are fortunate enough to have. When I am given a project, no matter the size, I know the expectation is to produce an end result that may be sent right to the client. For me, I find it meaningful that you do not have to guess at how much you are contributing the success of the firm, you are reminded at firm gatherings and you just know by the trust you are given to complete the projects you are assigned.
What do you consider your greatest success so far in your public accounting career?
My greatest success so far in my public accounting career is continued growth. Defining your greatest success as continued growth may not sound like a typical greatest success story, however I believe it’s the little things that make up the big things. These little things do not even feel like success at the time but that is the beauty of it. Right when you think you have something nailed down and are confident in your abilities, you are given your next challenge and the support to get through to the next step. I see each step leading to the growth of my career as building my greatest success story that is yet to come.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out their career?
My advice to someone just starting out in their career would be to stay positive and keep your head up. I think most people tend to be their own worst critic and over analyze a time or two when it’s simply unwarranted. The first couple years of your career are going to be challenging, as they should be, and you might not feel like you are getting it, but with time something will click. Not all at once, but piece by piece it will start to come together and you will surprise yourself. As long as you’re heading in to an environment that supports learning, professional growth, and happiness – your choice to push forward and not give up should come naturally. I think you will then have the platform to build yourself up and establish a successful career.