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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pathways Extern Event - Davenport, IA

In our continuing effort to illustrate for you the Pathways Externship experience at McGladrey, today we have a first hand account of an event recently held in our Davenport, IA office. Steve K., an Accounting Major at the University of Iowa tells us more:

"The Pathways event was an excellent experience. The entire day allowed me to enhance my skills and gain knowledge I will need to achieve my career aspirations. Some highlights of the day included the CPA exam and Resume breakouts. During the CPA exam breakout, I learned many new things. I found out the incentives McGladrey will provide for employees who complete the CPA exam with in 8, 12, and 18 months. I also found out that a person can take parts of the CPA exam after they have 120 credit hours, they just can’t get their certificate until they have completed 150 hours. The resume breakout was very helpful in giving me information I can use to make my resume stronger. I was able to review good and bad resumes with a group and hear others’ thoughts on strengths and weaknesses. During the resume breakout I was able to note a few things that will help me make my resume stand out. One of the Directors talked about things he looks for in a resume, along with information he feels should be included in a resume and what information should be left out.

The Q & A session with some of the Partners of the firm was extremely beneficial. This gave a great insight into McGladrey, and allowed all participants to get a feel for what keeps people working at the firm. It was also helpful to hear tips for success from people who have spent their entire careers in public accounting. They responded differently than the standard booklet answers that are available in recruiting centers. I also appreciated that they were very up front with the demands of the job. It really seemed as though they were being honest with the group, not avoiding the question to try to sell everyone on the company.

Another part of the day which stood out was the breakout session tables that were set up for different focus areas. Here, different employees talked about and answered questions about what they do at the firm. For instance, there was an audit table, tax table, internship table, etc. This was a good way to get people’s opinions about their jobs, and hear what they like and dislike. It also was great that there were people from different levels in the company at these tables; from people who have started recently to people who have been at the firm for 15 years. This was nice because it allowed everyone to hear not only what things would be like directly out of school, but also as their careers progressed.

A final great thing about the event is the itinerary for the day. The way the event was scheduled was very beneficial. We would have information breakouts and then an activity, or activities during information breakouts. The schedule allowed me to digest information and really take in some of the key points instead of being an information overload. The group activities were beneficial because they allowed me to network and strengthen my teamwork skills. "

The pictures below are from the event in Davenport, and from similar events that happened in other offices in the Great Plains EU, including Denver, CO, Omaha, NE, and Kansas City, MO.

To learn more about our Pathways program, be sure to see us on Campus this fall.

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