Training

Training

The so called “training” I went to in Orlando, Florida last week with over 800 other interns from across the country was quite the experience. My ONLY goal was to be more confident about my first engagement (my first work with a client) than I was before I arrived, and unfortunately that goal was not met. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on the training program. I definitely don’t think I could imagine something much better. I just didn’t realize how MUCH material could be taught to me in one week. The week-long auditing crash course had me thinking I was going to be a terrible intern. Luckily, my first engagement began today and it was much simpler and easygoing than I was imagining. That’s the most important thing I am learning about myself – that I always imagine things or events to be scarier than they really are. This fear applies to everything in my life – including meeting new people. Confession: I’m usually really nervous to talk to someone I don’t know. I think that whatever I’m saying is probably awkward or weird and they’re probably waiting until the conversation was over. Buuuut, in these few short weeks I’ve realized that people DON’T THINK THAT. (It’s all in your head, Brooke.) I really enjoyed getting out of my comfort zone last week, and getting closer with my intern class from Fort Worth. I am so thankful for the group I was put in! I feel like I have really clicked with the girls and fit in naturally with them. They give me compliments, and make me...
The Last of the First Week

The Last of the First Week

The best thing that I learned the past couple of days is that it only takes me 30 minutes to get the Fort Worth office (seriously, this is great). Unfortunately, I’ve also discovered the anger of Metroplex drivers in traffic. This man in a white dually truck was a real jerk to me when I changed lanes in front of him on a crowded highway. You know, like the way everyone else does when their exit was way closer than they expected. I need to get more patient with situations that. Maybe I’ll get some audio books and listen to them on the way to work. Or, just learn the specific lanes I need to be in (at all times) on my way to work every day. So, because I’m hoping some future accounting interns are reading this, I’ll drop my first tip for interns here: TIP #1 FOR INTERNS Be prepared to do research on parking around your clients. Parking in downtown areas like Fort Worth or Dallas can get really pricey, and unfortunately it comes out of your own pocket. Now then, did you notice how I put Fort Worth before Dallas in that tip? It was a subliminal message. I’m already becoming biased towards the Fort Worth office! Not to say that I didn’t like the Dallas office – downtown Dallas is scary beautiful, like outer space beautiful. When I was there on day one at KPMG, I met a group of really cool girls that talked to me about relevant things, and even suggested bars for me to go to when I turn 21. It really was a great day at...
Day One (Not the Epic Song from Interstellar)

Day One (Not the Epic Song from Interstellar)

My first day AS A REAL LIFE INTERN was very different than I had expected. But actually, before today, I really didn’t know exactly what I was expecting. I felt afraid and nervous, but at the same time so excited that this big day for big change was finally approaching. The last time I felt this combination of feelings was right before studying abroad in Oxford. It’s a fun feeling to have. Kind of.   I guess I had imagined day one being much more intimidating and difficult than it was. For a second, I thought bid night was about to begin and I would be initiated into the KPMG family, but no. Instead, all the interns sat together in the same room all day with the recruiting team, listening to lectures and hearing all sorts of orientation information. Pause: For those who didn’t know… Back in May, I accepted an audit internship position with KPMG at the downtown Fort Worth office. Going through the interview process was one of the most terrifying (but exciting) things in my life. It felt like it was the definitive test to my quality as a human. I know that’s a little crazy, but it was the first time in my life that I was being assessed holistically! All of the firms considered my accomplishments, skills, experiences, along with my ability to communicate with people (which I don’t have a ton of confidence in). And all of the firms interviewing me were also the firms that could be my employer after graduate school. It’s a big deal. After my first interview didn’t go as well as I had hoped, I realized the...