Thursday, July 28, 2016

Try Everything

By Michael Dodds, Senior, Accounting Major

Since joining the accounting program two and a half years ago, I have been repeatedly asked, “tax or audit?”  To be honest, I was not sure until last semester, when I took both Corporate Tax and Audit at the same time.  That experience really helped me narrow it down to audit and I was very excited to finally be able to answer that question.  That was before I worked as an Assurance Intern for RubinBrown, though.
Working at RubinBrown this summer has given me the chance to learn that choosing audit is only half the battle of making a career choice.  I had no idea that you could specialize in an industry group as an auditor.  For example, this summer I have helped audit several 401(k) benefit plans, a financial institution, a low income housing developer and a not-for-profit. I get to finish my summer working on a casino, and those are less than half of the industries that you could choose to specialize in as an auditor.

Working as an Assurance Intern this summer has given me such a great opportunity to find the things that I enjoy.  Now that I am aware of what is available after you answer the “tax or audit” question, the next couple of years will give me the opportunity to try a little more of everything before I specialize in my interests.  For anyone who may not have started their internship yet, I want to encourage you to try a little bit of everything before you make a decision.  I can tell you from firsthand experience that your passions may lie in an industry that you would have never considered before.

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