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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

McGladrey C3 Mentoring Program

It’s no secret that in order to retain and advance employees, organizations have to be successful at mentoring. It’s no coincidence, then, that McGladrey offers a unique mentoring program called C3.

C3: Careers, Coaching and Connections is designed to help participants develop career goals that align with their personal goals, give and receive coaching from firm leaders and their peers, and create lasting connections with their peers from across multiple locations.

The program is structured around ten skill-building sessions focused on topics like ‘managing for success,’ ‘influencing skills’ and ‘team effectiveness.’ Each session is delivered by a pair of Partners/Managing Directors and is designed to help participants better leverage their own individual strengths and receive coaching on how to overcome any of their weaknesses.

According to Meghan Donohue, Assurance Manager in Denver, who just completed the program this fall, “The C3 program was a great learning opportunity for me both personally and professionally. I learned skills that will help me become a better mentor and leader within the firm. I made some great connections with others that I will continue to develop going forward. I learned the importance of motivating others, leading by example and recognizing contributions to the common goal. I would recommend the C3 program for anyone who has the opportunity; I will use the skills I learned in the C3 program for the rest of my career.”

Mentoring and coaching is an integral part of McGladrey’s culture. To learn more about how you can experience this award winning culture first hand, visit the careers section of our website at

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Joining McGladrey’s Consulting Practice

Written by, Jessica Lyons – Senior Associate, Risk Advisory Services
in Baltimore, MD.

In 2007, as a college senior with an accounting degree I found it difficult to choose between audit and tax, or either of them. After voicing this, I learned about McGladrey’s Consulting Services group and their effort to hire associates and teach them how to become effective consultants early in their careers. Immediately, I knew this was for me. As a member of Consulting, I have been able to gain valuable experience in a variety of service lines and have actively participated in all areas of an engagement. My clients and responsibilities have ranged from assisting in the valuation of a large regional dealership with our Business Valuations group to acting as a liaison between a $300 million global technology company and external big four auditor to improve operations of multiple audits with our Financial Advisory Services (FAS) team.

Approximately two years after joining McGladrey and having the opportunity to participate in and experience a handful of service lines, I was able to select a group to permanently work with and begin to hone my skills and expertise. I chose Risk Advisory Services (RAS) because the learning opportunities are endless. The services RAS provides range from Internal Audit engagements to SOX Compliance projects to Anti-Fraud Consulting. As a senior associate, I am constantly working with client personnel to become an expert in the inner operations of companies of differing sizes and in a variety of industries.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Your Transition to McGladrey

Written by, Jonathan Norman, Chicago Financial Services Tax Associate. Jonathan graduated from Indiana University and joined McGladrey in August 2010.

“Let’s go celebrate!”

These were the first words out of my mouth after receiving my offer from McGladrey. Getting a job with a prestigious firm such as McGladrey is quite an accomplishment. Celebrate the occasion! However, don’t forget to prepare for your career ahead.

There were several obstacles to overcome after accepting my offer to McGladrey. The easiest was to finish school. Don’t forget to keep your head above the water and finish strong. Finishing off your college career on a great foot is one of the best ways to leave and to begin the next step: the CPA exams.

Preparation for the exams takes a lot of time and research. Make sure to do your due diligence! I wish I knew that it can take up to eight weeks for your state board of examiners to evaluate your education credentials. You need to have this done before you can take your exams. Start researching now and ask questions to your friends or ask your recruiter to put you in touch with an associate or senior associate would will have current and up-to-date information on the CPA exam. Also, choose Becker. I signed up for the highly recommended Becker Fast Pass course this past summer. The course is designed to help you understand the materials and finish the exams within 3 months. This is a great idea! You do not want to study for the CPA while you are working! (It feels like busy season ALL the time.)

Last, McGladrey will eventually send you materials in preparation for you first days. Read the materials provided to you. Don’t forget to have fun! The firm makes it very easy to start working so take advantage and listen to your “buddy”. He or she will welcome and help you from the start. But for now, back to celebrating!