In the past the beginning of March has always meant certain things to me – we have endured the worst weather of another Chicago winter and spring is close; the groundhog has seen his “tax” shadow so there is only six more weeks of tax season; golf season will soon be here; and a funny John Belushi bit about March coming in like a lion (worth the YouTube search).
When I’m not creating innovative tax and financial strategies for clients, you can usually find me on the golf course. Golf checks a lot of boxes for me. I originally started to play as I saw others developing relationships and business on the golf course. Having never played, I immediately went for some lessons. The first time I hit a four iron long and straight, I was hooked.
In January 2018, I began working at CJBS as an intern at the start of tax season. I was very grateful for the opportunity as I hadn’t had much experience with other organizations by then. It turns out CJBS was the best fit for me. Even during the interview, I knew CJBS was different. My interviewer put me at ease and was both encouraging and supportive, going so far as to offer me advice on my career path during our conversation.
One of the best professional decisions I have ever made was to attend the career fair at Loyola University in September 2018. It was then that I first met members from CJBS. After witnessing my husband’s experience with one of the Big 4 accounting firms, I knew that I would prefer to work at a medium‐sized public accounting firm. What was a great fit for him, was probably not ideal for me.
Last fall, after applying for a summer internship, I had my first conversation with members of the CJBS team via a virtual interview. Right away I knew that CJBS would be a perfect fit. Both Ryan and Susan were welcoming on the call and we connected over their description that accounting is like puzzle solving. […]
As the new year rang in, 2020 was going to be my year! I had just earned my B.A. in Accounting in December, bought our first home with my boyfriend in August, and quit my 14-year job in retail management to start my tax internship at CJBS in January—what could go wrong, right? Back in […]