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Friday, March 1, 2013

The Adjustment Process

By Dorothy Schwartzkopf
Assurance Intern
Minneapolis, MN

It’s hard to believe, but I’m already more than halfway done with my internship! This month has been full of new experiences including: working with clients, fun office events, and adjusting to working full time.

I remember walking into the office on my first day of client work after training, expecting to know absolutely nothing. I felt very nervous, I was new after all, what did I know? My first day went better than I ever could have expected. My coworkers took the time to explain to me not only what I was doing but how it fit into the big picture of what was being accomplished. I had a ton of questions the first day (and to be honest every day after) but I’ve realized asking questions is the most important part of my job.

As an intern, I wanted to learn as much as I could and at the same time, make a good impression through my work. I was fearful of making a mistake. I soon found it comforting to know after I completed a work paper at least three other people would review it before it became final.

Over my first month, I was eased slowly into being an auditor. I was placed on the financial institutions (FI) team so most of the jobs I worked on were banks, credit unions or investment funds. My first few weeks, I was consistently scheduled at one client site for a week before moving on to a new client. The variety was great. I enjoyed traveling to a new location each week and getting to work on similar sections of the audit with each new client. At the beginning I initially focused on the cash section but since then I have worked on many more sections including investments, equity, fixed assets and debt.

I quickly found that working on the FI team was different from working anywhere else in McGladrey. Banks are set up differently than most businesses in the sense that loans are assets and deposits are liabilities. It put a new perspective on what I had learned about auditing in school. As I have always had an interest in the banking industry I really enjoyed learning more about how it works.

Another thing I like about being on the FI team is the people I get to work with. In the Minneapolis office FI is one of our smallest industry groups with less than 10 people total. It has given me the opportunity to get to know everyone that I work with on a more personal level. In addition, I typically get to work with the same people every week, which was comforting to me as someone new to McGladrey.

Dorothy and her boyfriend, Jabob, at the holiday party.
I know it seems like all I have done during the past month is work, and to some extent that’s true. It’s surprising how fast each day goes by. Since it’s busy season there is a lot of work to get done and I’m able to stay busy making long days go by quickly. It also helps that I move on to a new client each week. It allows me to focus all of my attention on one project for a short period of time and the next week I start fresh. Another thing I enjoy is all the fun events that McGladrey plans during busy season. In January I attended the holiday party at a fancy country club. The food was delicious and I spent the night socializing with coworkers and playing casino games. Every Saturday we have “dress up days” in the office with prizes going to the best costume. Some of the themes so far have been jersey day and ugly sweater day. So it’s not all hard work!

Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better internship. Thinking back it's crazy to think about all that I've learned, all the amazing people that I've met and all the rewarding experiences I've had.


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