Zachary Hanrahan, MSA/MBA’17
Dear Loyal readers & First-Timers alike,
My name is Zack H, and I am here to update everyone on my adventures and expeditions into the great, big and dangerous wild world of public accounting (don’t worry guys it’s not that scary). I began my journey in early January at one of the most prestigious public accounting firms in the Nation, and now that I am a full 2 months into the experience, I figured I should share my ancient wisdom about public accounting with y’all.
With a whole 60 days under my belt, I figured I should share some of my observations on the unique cultural aspects of the public accounting industry. First, we, as public accountant, sit a lot…like a lot a lot. Unlike academics where bouts of standing, walking, leisurely lunches, and hangouts define one’s day, now my days are spent mostly sitting in various types of office chair…extra cushy ones do make a surprisingly big difference in one’s global perspective. I honestly miss being more active on a day-to-day basis, but from what I’ve heard it’s just a matter of balancing one’s lifestyle needs and professional responsibilities, and it can be done.
Another lesson I have learned is the importance of people skills in the world of public accounting. Our job is to obtain specific information, documents, contacts, etc. and the gatekeepers to this valuable evidence are in fact people, and people are in fact full of many different emotions, nuances, and quirks. So our job is not only to navigate the intricacies of the data, but the ebb and flow of different individuals’ emotions.
Finally, what of my most valuable lessons to vocalize is the ability of a positive attitude to make a difference in EVERYONE’s day. I am just an infant accountant with very few technical skills to help out the team, so I try to take it upon myself to be as positive, comical, and supportive as possible for my team members from as early as 8AM, to as late as 8PM…on a side note, technical skills are very important to this job. The people skills are the delicious orange ginger icing on top, but the technical skills are the cake, and without the cake there is nothing to cover in sugar.
Stay Classy All You Business Casual Accountants,
Zack H., over and out.