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Tricia Gorden

"You can train someone to do a job; you cannot train someone to be hardworking and to show up everyday."

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

I was working as a bookeeper and I realized that if I wanted to move up in this field, I had to get a bachelor degree. Most companies, public accounting firms and government entities, are looking for people with a bachelor's-- even for the most basic of accounting positions.

How did you get your big breaks?

I went to a small college and interned for my professor at his CPA firm.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

You can train someone to do a job; you cannot train someone to be hardworking and to show up everyday.

What have you learned from your experience?

The people who do best in this field (in any field really) are people who are eager to learn, to improve themselves, and to do a credible job. Those are the people who are successful. Internships are not required but are a nice way to get to know the company you may want to work for and gain accounting experience. Pay the money and get involved with the Accounting Society on your campus. Go to as many of the events as you can especially if you find a company you really want to work for.

What most excites you about your job right now?

I like dealing with the people. I have a client base that is very diverse. It's enjoyable to learn about their businesses. When they're doing well, I feel like I'm a part of that too. There is no greater feeling than helping a small business owner realize additional profits, just by applying my skills.

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