My alma mater, the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) recently announced a mentoring program and I jumped at the opportunity to participate.
It paired alumni with accounting majors still in college. The great thing about this program is that it is a nine-month program instead of a one-shot deal. So, I met monthly with my mentee – Kamille Fajardo, a junior accounting major at UIC, throughout the past year.
Although the focus is a little different from mentoring programs offered by CPA firms to their young, full-time staff, the approach taken and the topics addressed are quite relevant and applicable.
I learned as much as I could about her:
Every session I asked:
Agenda items throughout the year:
I arranged for Karin Knoerr, partner at The Hechtman Group, to administer a personality profile test called the Culture Index and analyze the results in a one hour meeting with Kamille.
Kamille asked me for help in finding an internship with a local CPA firm she could work at while attending school full time. One of my oldest clients, Jesser and Ravid, hired her for the tax season and it worked out great. They have hired her for the summer as well.
Obviously, everyone must develop their own style and approach. But CPAs who are passionate about mentoring can make an enormous impact on young staff. It was an eye-opening experience for me to get to know Kamille and discover what a wonderful young lady she is. Our monograph How CPA Firms Work: The Business of Public Accounting is the industry’s most popular resource for educating young professional staff in the workings of a typical CPA firm.
Marc Rosenberg is a nationally known consultant, author and speaker on CPA firm management, strategy and partner issues. President of his own Chicago-based consulting firm, The Rosenberg Associates, he is founder of the most authoritative annual survey of mid-sized CPA firm performance statistics in the country, The Rosenberg Survey. He has consulted with hundreds of firms throughout his 20+ year consulting career. He shares his expertise regularly on The Marc Rosenberg Blog.
Posted on Thursday Jul 23