Patrick Cooley

Patrick received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from Hillsdale College and is entering his third year in the Assurance Department. He works mostly with clients in the manufacturing industry who span across the metro Detroit area, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me is usually a balance of client related communications, general engagement work, and some training. The client communications typically entail updates or correspondence to make sure we stay on track to meet deadlines, or they are often requests for new information to help us complete the engagement. The general engagement work falls anywhere between general planning of a job all the way to concluding or finalizing financial statements to be issued. There is also some training involved in a typical day, usually helping newer staff understand why or how we are performing a step in the audit process.

What is the most meaningful part of your job?

The most meaningful part of my job is when I get the opportunity to give a client advice or insight to their business and operations. When they take that to heart and see the value in what we as a firm can provide, it makes me happy to be in a position to do so.

What do you consider your greatest success so far in your public accounting career?

What I consider to be my biggest success so far in my public accounting career would be passing my CPA exam within the first year of work.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out their career?

If I had to give advice to someone just starting out their career I would tell them to find an effective way to manage your own time. Everyone has a different way of doing so, but find a way that works for you and stick to it! Whether it’s making a weekly schedule or leaving post-it notes over your desk to keep you on track; you’ll reap the benefits of having a healthy work-life balance.