The secret to finding the company of your dreams!

As a Junior in college, I have been actively searching for potential internships and dream jobs. As I have combed through multiple different firm’s websites, I have realized picking which company to go with is going to be tricky. Most of the companies have very similar job descriptions, like in my case an audit internship where you look at financial statements. So I created a checklist of what I would like my dream job of being an auditor to look like!

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Before looking at the culture checklist, I created a pre-list of expectations I would like for my future employer. First, I would like to stay close to my parents, so I set my boundary of jobs within 100 miles of Charlotte, NC. I would personally like to stay in Charlotte or Raleigh, but am open to wherever the world takes me. If I don’t stay in Charlotte or Raleigh, I would like to work in a medium sized city that is safe & welcoming. Most importantly, I want to make sure I work in a safe area, company, and state. Secondly, I would like to have a decent pay, but also decent benefits! I like when companies value their employees and give them benefits for their mental, physical, and overall health. Third, I would love to have an employer that allows me to see the world. I would love to work somewhere that offers travel, but does not require it every single day of every week of the year. I personally do not have a set desired salary range yet as I am not sure how the pay differs between the different cities. However, once I figure that out, I will be sure to know my worth and be an advocate for myself.

Once a company passes my pre-list of expectations, I move on to the important checklist that truly evaluates their culture. I expect my employer to be an advocate in the community that stands up for what is right. I hope that the place I work is like a melting pot of different backgrounds, culture, and people. I immediately check to see if the company offers business resource groups to support their employees. For example, I would check to see if they had a women’s group, an LGBTQ+ group, and other groups I could join as an ally. One great way you can check to see if a company meets this is by checking the HRC’s corporate equality index to see how they compare to others. Next, I would check to see how the company is set up and how often people get promoted. I would personally like to stay with one company for a while and build meaningful relationships with my fellow employees there. It is important to me to have managers that are reachable and helpful. I expect the company I work for to hold themselves and my fellow coworkers to a high level of corporate responsibility and ethics.

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With the companies that are left on my list after that pass point, I start to look more carefully at each company’s different job postings. I personally am looking for an auditor position and expect to have a compelling day everyday. In the audit world, you are constantly changing clients, jobs responsibilities, and tasks – which I am incredibly excited about! I feel like if I had the same tasks everyday I would quickly get burnt out at a work, as much as a marshmallow at a bonfire. I have not had a ton of experience so far in auditing, but I am thrilled to get to try out some of the different aspects of the job. I then look at the different requirement in certifications, schooling, and experience. If I then felt that I was qualified and had all of my items checked off, I would apply for the job!

This technique may not work for everyone, but it is helped me so far to narrow down the companies I am looking at. In the accounting world, there are millions of different paths you could take – whether that be becoming an accountant like Angela from The Office or an IRS employee. However, I see myself in the next couple of years hopefully working at a large public accounting firm in their audit branch. I hope to get my CPA in the next couple of years, and be on an awesome audit team.

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Blog 2 – Creativity

I would define creativity as using inspiration from one item to another. This inspiration from one item could or could not have a relationship to the item you are creating out of creativity. For example, you could have creativity because you use the format of a painting as inspiration for a more formal piece of work. You may gain inspiration from the painting that it is more free flowing and has bright and dim colors clash. You could then use that inspiration to spark a creative flow in your writing to have a positive and negative storyline overlap to create a deeper piece. Overall, creativity is just like stealing something and making it into something new.

Confidence is important to writing as it fuels you as a writer. When you are writing on a topic that you have a lot of background knowledge in, you will be more comfortable on the topic. This comfort gives you the platform to write more cohesively as you are not worrying about what you are writing about, only how you are writing. Having confidence while writing gives you the power to keep writing your continuous flow. When you read a piece written by someone that lacks confidence, it may sound choppy or short. Thus, it is important to gain confidence in your writing and to find your voice.

You can build confidence through practicing your writing and validating your work. One should remember that everyone has the ability to write, and the level of your work you are currently at is great. When you accept where you are in your writing, you will be better equipped to start practicing writing and sharing it with others. After you finish your writing, remember to validate yourself and be proud of your accomplishments! While it is great to seek this from others, I believe that it is more important to be proud of yourself. By doing so, you will slowly start to feel your confidence grow.

I genuinely enjoy finding and sharing music with my friends. I thoroughly enjoy creating playlists for my friends when I find a collection of songs that I feel encapsulate an emotion or memory. For instance, I created a playlist for my friend on songs to dance to when you have had a long day or need a mood boost. I can bring this into my work by acting like my sentences are songs and each paragraph is a playlist. If I were to look at my writing like this, it may be easier for me to outline my projects. I could easily break down what I want to get from each paragraph, just like how I do with my playlists. I could then have an easier time making sure I use the write tone, word choices, and theme sentences.

I personally found some really good pieces of advice in the book. One of my favorite pieces of advice was to not wait until you know who you are to start. I personally struggle with feeling like I have to have everything figured out before start a new adventure, so I felt like this piece spoke to me. I am going to try and apply this to all aspects of my life so that I can start living fully now, and not waiting for x, y, or z to happen. Another piece of advice I am going to take with me is to be nice to everyone, the world is a small town. I grew up in a small town and can attest to this statement. It is easy to forget that there are people just like us on the other side of the world that we are connected to. Whether that be due to a supply chain of our favorite pair of shoes from Malaysia, or our neighbor’s uncle that lives in Poland – we are all connected. When you are connected like that, your reputation will proceed you, so you should always try to be nice to everyone.

One piece of advice that I do not completely agree with is to fake it until you make it. I first heard this piece of advice when I was 16 and it negatively impacted me for a while. It made me feel like I constantly had to fake it to others that I had everything together – even when I was ridden with doubts, fear, and anxiety. I was finally able to shake this piece of advice this past year, and hope that everyone takes it with caution. In some cases it can be good to fake it until you make it, but always remember that nobody has it fully together – so try not to put that pressure on yourself. Another piece of advice I did not fully agree with was about writing fan letters. I thought that this piece of advice was a tad strange to be included. I understand that you write them to prove to yourself you don’t need validation from others, but I think there are other ways to go around it. For example, doing a good deed and not telling anyone else about it.

Lauren Frazier’s Introduction Blog

Hello there everyone! My name is Lauren Frazier and I am a current Junior in the Poole College of Management. I am majoring in Accounting with a concentration in Information Systems, and plan on graduating in May of 2022. After I am done with my undergraduate degree, I hope to stay at NCSU to get my Master’s in Accounting and then sit for the CPA. I hope to then go into Auditing at a large accounting firm for my career.

I view my relationship with writing similarly to running. I thoroughly enjoy having the ability to write, but sometimes I can’t get the right words, a good rhythm, etc. I say that it is like my relationship to running as I hit these same issues while training for my next race. I often have runs where I can’t get find a good path, a good step pattern, the right shoes, etc. I correlate the two together because even though every run or essay I do may not be great, I take it as an opportunity to learn and hopefully become a stronger runner and writer.

My professional experience is slim – I have only ever had one job. Before transferring to NCSU, I was a student at Appalachian State. I was a receptionist at the local cycling studio for my fall semester of 2019. I got to gain a lot of interpersonal communication skills while working there, and will always appreciate my time there!

I exercise my creativity in three main ways – running, cooking, and dancing. When I go run, I methodically plan out a fun route, a great list of songs, and goals for myself. I take the time I spend on my runs as a time to think through my future goals, events that have happened that day, and to highlight my gratitude for life. When I cook I exercise my creativity greatly as I don’t like using recipes. I am the only vegetarian in my family of 6, so I often have to cook all of my meals – which can become daunting when you look at all of the complex recipes on NYT, Bon Appetit, and more. That is when I figured out I could express my creativity by throwing together random vegetables, grains, beans, and more into a dish I actually enjoyed. That is how I found my latest favorite recipe – an Asian inspired rice bowl with my own signature Vegan Yum Yum Sauce. Lastly, I express my creativity through dancing – or should I say having miniature dance parties throughout the day. I followed Meredith Grey’s footsteps in dancing it out, and I highly suggest! You get to blast your favorite song, dance around, and get creative with your moves.

My MBTI type is INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging). I feel that my personality describes me pretty well. I am mainly introverted, but I have learned through our time in quarantine that I miss the social interaction we once had. I am decently intuitive, and love getting to see patterns – finding patterns is one of my favorite parts of accounting. I think that it is also valid to be classified as feeling and judging as I do like to have structure and validate feelings. I think that overall the test was a little narrow-minded – how can it figure out my entire personality from only a handful of questions? I think that the test can illuminate some of your traits, but you should try to worry too much about the results, especially if you were in the middle for any of them.

My personal goals for the course are to learn how to be a better writer in a professional setting. I would like to become more confident in writing memos, cover letters, and other business documents.