Dan Hayley

Week 1

I was attracted to C&M primarily because I would be able to work in a public accounting firm and still achieve a good work life balance. Since starting one week ago I found that not only am I able to have a solid work-life balance but everyone in the firm is extremely kind and helpful. It feels really good coming into work every day knowing that I have a support system if I have any questions.

What probably surprised me the most when I arrived was how everyone wanted me to feel welcomed. I’ve always heard of CPA firms being “cut throat” and everyone fending for themselves, but at C&M everyone wants you to do your best and succeed through training and coaching.

I am looking forward to developing my skills and making new connections here at C&M.

Month 1

I’ve been with C&M for a month, which is crazy because it feels as if my first day was just last week! So far my experience here with C&M has been nothing but positive. The amount of support other staff and senior staff provide is just phenomenal! Anytime I have a question there is always someone willing to lend a helping hand.

With that being said, I have to say that is what I like best about working here at C&M. I have held a few internships where I found myself dreading the time to ask for assistance with the fear of bothering fellow employees. With just a few months working here it is easy to see that everyone really wants to help you grow and succeed as a professional, they understand that if you are a new you aren’t going to know everything. From my last journal, I will have to add that I am still impressed with the positive attitude everyone maintains while working here.

A particularly memorable moment for me would be when I was struggling through a difficult return the senior on the job was very helpful and did not mind spending extra time walking through my issues with me and made sure that I understood what we have done before they left me. This was an amazing moment, because not only did I receive their undivided attention but I also felt that they truly wanted me to understand what was happening rather than just giving me the answer.

Overall, my first month at C&M has been amazing, and I love being part of such an amazing community of professionals! In just this one month of working here I am stunned by the amount of information I have learned and how well I adapted to daily duties. I cannot to see what the future has in store for me, here at C&M.

Month 6

If I could describe the past six months in one word, that word would be growth. When I started my career at C&M six months ago, I thought I knew it all and that I could handle anything. Needless to say it didn’t take long for me to realize that I did not know everything—but that was OK! I was faced with problems I never encountered and had a hand in solving complex issues. The amount of knowledge and experience I have gained from working with the tax team has allowed me to grow into the professional I am today. The word growth not only describes the past six months, but it also defines my future here at C&M.

The most valuable skill I have mastered so far has been the skill of multitasking. I was faced with many projects some of which had to be done immediately, while other projects had more flexibility. I was able to become more comfortable with putting projects down to finish more pressing issues, while still being able to come back later to finish the initial project. This skill will be very useful in the future, and I am very excited to see what other skills I will master come this time next year.

The advice I have for anyone just starting their career is to always be willing to learn something new. I know after college you may feel that you know it all, and hey you might know some things, but you should understand that when you start your career you will be faced with problems that you had never thought of. The best way to handle any situation is to ask questions, truly listen to the responses and apply your knowledge. It took me some time to figure that out, but once I did I was able to start growing and enhancing my skills allowing me to feel confident in the work that I was doing.