The Prologue - An Introduction to the Life of an Accountant
When Vishal approached me to be a contributing blogger, I initially hesitated. Blogging wasn't on my career trajectory as an accountant. After all, I dedicated my efforts to mastering the intricacies of accounting, not becoming a blogger. Moreover, with just seven years since I purchased my own Vishal books, I questioned whether I had valuable advice to share.
Why would anyone listen to me?
Surely, there must be someone more qualified.
Then, it struck me. Blogging could be an avenue to become the mentor I wished I had seven years ago. With this revelation, I set out to create a series of chapters offering insights, tips, and tricks on how to navigate the challenges and achieve success in the world of accounting.
Before delving into the nitty-gritty, let me introduce myself. I am a 29-year-old director of accounting at a series B startup in the bustling metropolis of New York City. Additionally, I manage the Instagram account @Lets_Get_Fiscal – a must-follow for a blend of accounting humor and real-life experiences.
For those unacquainted, Let's Get Fiscal is a meme account where I share original content inspired by my journey through the world of accounting. Prior to my current role, I earned my bachelor’s degree and master's in accounting from Clemson University. Thanks to Vishal, I conquered all four CPA Exams on my first attempt. My professional journey commenced at Deloitte’s Atlanta audit practice, and after a transfer to the New York office, I found myself in the M&A due diligence practice.
Fast forward five years (and perhaps two grey hairs later), I transitioned into industry accounting as the manager of financial reporting at a leading advertising company. Following a year at the advertising firm, I embraced my current role. Needless to say, my journey through the accounting landscape has been nothing short of eventful.
Now that you've read my LinkedIn bio, here's a sneak peek into the topics this blog series will cover:
- 1. Deciding to Major in Accounting: Things to Consider
- 2. Securing Invitations to Leadership Conferences: The Why and How
- 3. Mastering the Art of Landing a Public Accounting Internship
- 4. Is a Master’s in Accounting Right for You? Decoding the Decision
- 5. CPA Exam Study Tips: A Comprehensive Guide
- 6. Internship to Job Offer: 6 Tips for a Successful Transition
- 7. Securing a Full-Time Role at Deloitte Without Formal Interviews: My Journey
- 8. Navigating Your First Year in Public Accounting: What to Expect
- 9. Maximizing Performance Ratings: 4 Tips for Success
- 10. Surviving Your Inaugural Busy Season: A Practical Guide
- 11. Initiating a Transfer Within Your Firm: A Strategic Approach
- 12. Transitioning Between Service Lines: How to Make It Happen
- 13. Guidance for New Seniors in Public Accounting: What You Need to Know
- 14. Overcoming Burnout: Strategies for Sustained Success
- 15. Thriving as a Woman in a Male-Dominated Field: Challenges and Triumphs
- 16. Knowing When to Move to Industry: A Critical Decision
- 17. Choosing a Job in Industry: Navigating Your Options
- 18. Job Interviews in Industry: Tips and Tricks for Success
- 19. Securing a Board of Directors Position: A Strategic Guide
- 20. Industry vs. Public Accounting: Pros and Cons Unveiled
With that said, I am eager to share my experiences and insights with you through this series. These blogs are not just a one-way communication; I want them to be a platform for discussion. If you have advice I missed or questions for me, feel free to comment below or connect with me on my Instagram account @Lets_Get_Fiscal.
I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you!