Do I know everything about accounting? Not a chance! However, being a former student athlete, I tend to relate many things I’ve learned in sports to real-life situations. I’m not saying that being an accountant means you are going to be the next LeBron, Messi, or Rodger Federer. But I am saying that in many ways, team sports relate to the world of public accounting!
Being in public accounting, you typically work in teams of varying sizes. In some cases, you could work in a team of three or four, and, in others, you could work in a team of twenty. Now, when you work in teams, whether it is on the soccer field or in the audit room, you want to do whatever you can to make the team successful. On the soccer field, we always stressed the importance of getting to know your teammates in order to understand each other, and, more importantly, to build trust. Gaining your teammates’ trust is the first step to becoming successful on a new team. You are probably reading this thinking this has nothing to do with accounting. However, the underlying message translates fairly well to being a new intern on an audit or tax team. As a newbie, your coworkers want to build that bond with you to know they can depend on you when it matters most!
All in all, even if it means grabbing coffee, ordering lunch, or making copies, take those activities that you don’t think matter as a way to show your team they can depend on you! This will help them know that when something really important actually does come up, they can depend on you to deliver! That’s all for now! See ya next time!