Photo: on the pier in San Francisco
I attended a second Branding Boot Camp yesterday morning–this time to hand out This Way to CPA materials, to be a Career Services Student Ambassador presence, and to support Kate Williams, our Anderson Career Services advisor and resident branding genius. We watched the Ann Rhoades video again, and there was the Dwight Schrute slide, and a lot of LinkedIn advice. It was great to be there in a supporting role this time–to watch as others uploaded photos to LinkedIn and brainstormed lists of their stand-out strengths.
We never had this many tests when I was an undergraduate!
Mostly we wrote papers, which meant a lot of all-nighters and a lot of coffee. (I’ll take a test any day.)
The week before last, I had tests in 3 of my 5 classes. The downside is: a lot of tests. The upside is: teachers don’t usually assign additional homework on test week. So once the test is done–you get a little breather. (It’s a magical little grad school secret.)
The first test of the semester in each class was the hardest, because I didn’t really know the professor, or his/her testing or grading style. But this was round two–and I was ready! I knew what to study for whom, and which test would be the hardest. I studied A LOT because there’s nothing like going into a test super-prepared. Plus, I’m only doing this grad school thing once! (I hope.)
One of my classes is Accounting for Not-for-Profit Organizations. Last week we watched this thought-provoking TED Talk by Dan Pallotta:
When I met with Jason Deshayes, he gave me a lot of great advice, but one theme really stood out: don’t wait.
He mentioned joining non-profit boards early in his career–not waiting until he was a senior or partner (which, a decade later, he is).
And he suggested that if you are a senior staff member and you are wanting to move up to being a manager, don’t wait. Start doing whatever manager-type duties you can right away–take the initiative and the responsibility even before you have the title.
He said that something he has learned over the past decade is that even though you do have to let all the conditions come together on some things, you should never believe that “it’s not your time.” Don’t wait for someone else’s idea of “your time”–write your own course!
Being an AICPA Legacy Scholar has motivated me to start making professional connections, and to try and set myself up to become a future leader in the field–even before I have earned all the credits to sit for the CPA exam. For instance, I’m really interested in the sorts of conversations going on among current CPAs (especially young CPAs), so I follow people on twitter, follow firms and organizations on LinkedIn, and read blogs like the one at Thriveal.com.
The hashtag #aicpagc13 started showing up in my twitter feed this past weekend, along with some really great quotes and insights from speakers and panels at the meeting. So I tweeted about how great that was, and I was quoted in CPA Tom Hood’s Storify the next day. Pretty cool!
I’ve also started looking into CPA exam prep materials and test info; even though I can’t sit for the exam until next summer, I sure can get a head start on studying for it.
So my advice for today is: if you have an ambition to do something–start now. In whatever way you can. It all adds up.