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Senior Week

I spent last week being in charge.

There was checking in with the client. Checking in with the staff. Checking in with the boss.

It was kinda nice. That is supposed to be my job. The last couple of weeks, and probably months, I have been doing small stuff here and there, but never a complete job.

I think I missed it and I’ll take that as a sign that I should still be doing this job. It was a pretty fun week. I had two staff to work with and it made for good conversation. One was super new. He had started a week or two ago. The other had been with the company for a year.

I remember seeing him last year on the same job when he was super new. He had grown a lot in a year. I liked when the new staff asked him question and the experienced staff answered him with the answer and with the why. He was right like 90% percent of the time, which was pretty good. I liked that.

Being in charge for a week on this job, one of my first jobs from last year, made me feel better about myself. It finally allowed me to see some improvement.
I’m excited to go back in November to complete this client. I’ll get to be a senior for almost a month. It’ll be great, I hope


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Four Floors Below

Something surprised me today. It was me.

There are parts of my job that are repetitive. Maybe repetitive is not the right word. Parts of my job are recurring. That is because most audits follow the same pattern. You plan them. You test the significant accounts. You fill out conclusion workpapers.

The planning has a few key parts. Those key parts vary slightly by client, but I have done them enough, in different ways, to not worry about them. Testing the significant accounts is the biggest part of the audit. Most areas are, this is the right time to say it, repetitive. The clients are different enough to make one or two of those testing areas different and exciting. The conclusion stuff is usually the boring stuff. That can change based on how the testing goes, but at that point of the audit you kinda just want it to be over.

Sometimes you get thrown some thing different. It’ll be something that completely changes planning, or the testing. You’ll have to do beginning balance testing, or a liquidation audit, or a quarterly review, or something. Or it’ll be something different enough to be exciting and to make me extremely nervous.

I’ll be nervous from the moment they tell me about the work until I actually start it.

Today I started one of those different types of clients, but surprisingly I wasn’t nervous. I hadn’t been nervous the days before today. I didn’t notice it until I was driving back home this afternoon. Also, I think I wasn’t nervous because it was on a bit of a short notice. They told me about this work on Thursday of last week. So I only had about 4 days to think about it and two of those days were weekend days.

Either way, I think this might be sign that I am growing, you know professionally.

It’s a strange feeling.

oh, and the different work we were doing was at another public accounting firm’s office. Their office was in the same building as ours but four floors down.

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The New Rejection

I don’t think I have been rejected in a while.

The last couple of times I have been up for acceptance, things have gone well. For example, I applied for this job and got it. I applied for a car loan and got it. I have gotten lost of credit cards.

How many opportunities are there out there for rejection? I don’t really talk to girls, so I haven’t had them reject me. Actually, my last rejection was by a girl. But other than that, I don’t really think there are a lot of opportunities for rejection. It’s not like when you walk into the store, the cashiers can say No, we won’t sell you this.

This week was strange.

I went to an open house last weekend and almost fell in love with the house. I have been looking at house for a month or two and this one was almost perfect. It was cheaper than all of the other houses in this nice neighborhood. It had two mature orange trees (free oranges!!). It was on the side of a hill (reminded me of my grandma’s house). It was great.

So I applied for pre-approval on a loan for the house. That was my Monday. Tuesday evening the loan officer that was helping me called me with options. I for sure qualified for an FHA loan. He wanted me to officially apply for a standard loan, but he was looking at some income to debt rations and said that if I applied, I might get rejected.

He also said that a buyer usually looks down on an FHA loan. That they usually don’t take those seriously. He said that we should try for the standard loan and if we get that, then I might have a chance at the house. Then I reached out to the real estate agent, who said there were about 20 offers on the house.

I became discouraged. I don’t have the best offer. It’s an FHA loan. It’s not that much down. I’m sure someone has offered more. My only shot is that everyone else started their offers low with the idea that they would negotiate to a higher price that they would accept. Since my offer is kinda my maximum offer, I need everyone else’s initial offers to be so low that mine looks great. That’s my only shot.

That doesn’t seem likely. So I am discouraged.

This is probably my first rejection in years. My last rejection must have been in 2012, when I didn’t get a follow-up interview for an audit associate position with KPMG. Hmm, life turned out great from that rejection. Oh snaps, maybe life will turn out great after this housing rejection.

Blah, anyway, I was trying to get to how I’m not good with rejection.

I blame, well, myself. I think. Hmmm, I guess I don’t really know who I blame. It’s not those girl’s fault they rejected me. They just didn’t like me that way, right?  Maybe there’s no one to blame and it’s just how life happened. Although, I feel like I should blame someone. My reactions to rejection aren’t exactly healthy and I think that means I should blame someone.

Either way, I’m mature enough to say that rejection changes me. It changes my thinking. All of a sudden a decision that is like 25/75, that I wouldn’t take in a million years seems like a great idea and I take it.

Taking it back home, I’m not sure what I’ll do about the house. Twenty offers are a lot of offers. The pessimistic side of me says my offer sucks, there are better offers, and lets not waste our time. The optimistic side of me says it’s worth a try. The worst they can say is no.

I have to be mature enough to accept reject.

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The New Guy

This week there was a new hire on my engagement.

He had been on the job for a week. He was in training for a few days on his first week and he was shadowing a team the remaining days of the week. He was straight out of school and had no prior experience.

Things went well with him. Part of my job is explaining/training the new staff and it’s quite enjoyable most times. It takes a while, but it’s fun to see how the staff thinks. Side note: out of the 4ish staffs I’ve trained, only has listened more than talked/interrupted me.

This staff was fine. He listened a fair amount. He had some trouble understanding at times, but I saw some growth. At that point, it’s really the only thing you can expect. Growth. Improvement. The capacity to learn.

I have trained/talked to a couple of new staff, but this time it felt different. This time I finally felt old. This guy was only a few years, I think it was 2 years, older than  me, but somehow, I felt so far removed from him. Maybe it was because I had more audit experience, or maybe more life experience. Either way, it definitely felt weird and I don’t think it’ll ever go back to feeling not-weird, but maybe that’s a good thing.

It did help that the manager was explaining/teaching the staff and had the same trouble getting him to understand. That meant the staff was having the learning issues, and my teaching wasn’t the problem.

It was a tough week, I think.

I fell asleep early a lot of days this week. I think it was the drive to the client’s office that was tiring me. Luckily, I don’t feel that tired. Hopefully, all the sleeping worked.

I learned a lot this week. It helped that I had the opportunity to teach the new staff. Even if they didn’t learn that much, I can always lie to myself and imagine I had a severe impact in their lives. That helps. I learned a good about how to test construction revenues. That was great. I’m on the client for another week and a half. I’m excited to see how they turn out.

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Time is Creeping

When I got the job two weeks ago, I had nine weeks until I started the new job.

I thought to myself, “nine weeks is a long time to do everything I have to do“. It seemed like plenty of time to finish what I was working on, quit, drive out there, find an apartment, move my stuff, and get set up.

Today the movers called me. I was at the movies, but they left a voicemail. They want to go over the logistics of the move. I’ll need to tell them that I don’t have any of the logistics settled. The only thing I know is that I’m leaving Dallas the week of August 9th and that my first day is August 31st and that I was hoping to be settled in by August 24th. I guess that gives me a two week period to find a place after I leave Dallas.

Either way, today felt like time was creeping up on me. But, I suppose that makes sense. Almost a quarter of my available time has left me.

Hey, on the flip side. I still have like 50 days until I start my new job.

Actually, that made it sound worse.

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Seeing the Tunnel

It feels like a long time since the last time I wrote, but its only been two weeks. I like that the most viewed of my blog posts, in the last two weeks, are the sexy ladies/boobs/navels posts.

Anyway, busy season is almost over. I can feel it. I have 15 days to get a majority of the audits out and then I’ll have a month to do two more audits. Today, I hit it hard. I’ll have to hit it hard for the next 15 days. I’ll need to eat better and get some good sleep, you know?

This is my last week in San Antonio. I kinda miss the family, but not really the office. Being out at the client teaches you to be independent. I feel like I’ve grown a lot. I think I’m a better auditor. Although, I have yet to be reviewed. I guess it’s possible I’ll be singing a different tune in a few days. But, let’s be positive. Busy season is a good time to grow. I’ll miss the growth the most.

One other thing that could turn out to be important. My friend was looking for government jobs on usajobs.gov and took some time to search for auditor positions. She emailed me about job openings she found at the Department of Defense for a contract auditor. I looked up the position listings and noticed it was a similar position to the one for which I applied last year around this time. It’s was almost the exact same listing, but its in the bay area instead of the LA area.

I applied that night.

The job listing is supposed to close on the 18th. Like I said, last year I applied to a similar job around the same time. The job posting window closed around the same time, but they didn’t get back to me until mid-June. I had a phone interview with them some time in July and then I was asked to have a background check. I didn’t follow-up with that very well and I kinda let that fall to the waist side. I wasn’t told I didn’t get the position until about a month ago. So, I don’t expect to hear back from this application any time soon.

Alright, time to get some of that sleep I talked about earlier.

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Changing Responsibilities

I spent the last week down at one of my client’s offices.

I want to say that we got a lot done, but we didn’t. We were too distracted with other clients and administrative items.

I was told this happens to seniors, but I finally got some real experience with the situation. I didn’t like it. I’ll have to come up with some way to prioritize my workflow. Yea, I guess that will ultimately be it. I can’t do it all. Some stuff is going to have to not get done.

The newest part was telling the new staff what to do, then showing her how to do it, and then reviewing it. The telling her part wasn’t too bad. I think I’m a decent explain-er. The showing her how to do it was more difficult because I couldn’t yet tell where that line was between watching her do it and letting her doing it. And that kinda revolved around wanting her to come up with some ideas naturally and letting her learn through the struggle, but then also not wanting her to become frustrated through too much struggling.

I barely got to the reviewing part, but I don’t think I had enough time to actually go through it with her. So I thought I would save that for Monday. The review part is really important for her development and her development is really important to the success of our future engagements.

These are different problems than I’m used to so they are stressing me out earlier this week. But as time passes I’m feeling more and more confident about them. Now they’re almost starting to become exciting.

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