A while back I wrote an article on controllers of nonprofit organizations, and one of the controllers I spoke to said a course she took at the University of Houston on nonprofit and governmental accounting had the biggest impact on her, and she then knew she wanted to pursue a career in the nonprofit world. So, was there one particular accounting course you took in college that still resonates with you today? What was it, and why?
I would say my forensic auditing course had a significant impact on me. I found it fascinating and it helped me to see that auditing would be one of my favorite subjects. I’m so grateful that during my career I have had lots of variety. I have been a staff accountant which I think is perfect for learning the basics of accounting. I was an internal auditor (intern and career) and was able to travel domestically and internationally. That career path laid the groundwork to becoming a Controller. And now I own my own small business using all of those skills in addition to taxation.
The largest impact, though, came from when I was studying to become a CPA and was using http://www.rogercpareview.com for my study materials. That was when I was formally introduced to the multiple areas of accounting. And having those three letters behind my name helped me to have the opportunity to pursue various career paths.
What prompted you to ask this question? Are you trying to figure out a career path for yourself?
It was definitely auditing that presented me my almost Penthouse like moment in 1988.
You see, this fellow student was a married blonde (Patti) whose husband worked long hours with extensive travel. We were placed by the prof into groups of two for a project. Each team had to propose a semester long assignment to present a real life way auditing could impact our lives.
Patti and I went to a rather swanky hotel because we heard they went through a daily audit of all cash receipts and reconciliation of census to accounting. We offered to shadow the job for a few weeks to see if we could find more effective ways to perform the task. They gave us an idle room as an “office” to write our report/presentation.
On a Saturday night I brought a cooler of drinks along as we were working the weekend. She told me she was lonely. I tried to talk to her about her feelings but all she wanted was physical contact. She ultimately forced herself upon me, thrusting herself onto my manhood. I must admit that reconciling laundry revenues to the cash drawer was the farthest thing from my mind. We used the room for the entire week, and while our report got us a B, the week will always be a memory.
Thanks Northern Illinois and the Dekalb Marriott.