The Importance of Culture and People When Evaluating Career Opportunities
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Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur's Playbook. I'm Jen Lemanski, this week's guest host, and today we're telling the stories of what PKF Texas means to our people. Alicia Welshimer is a tax Senior here at PKF Texas; Alicia, welcome to the Playbook.
Alicia: Good to be here Jen.
Jen: So Alicia, how did you get here?
Alicia: Well I interned with PKF in the spring of 2011 after being recruited on campus at Baylor. Then after the internship I finished my Masters and came back full time the next summer in 2012; been here since then.
Jen: That's awesome. Now what made you choose PKF Texas?
Alicia: Well a couple of things; the first one was the people. When I came to the office visit everyone was so warm and everyone was laughing and talking to each other even though it was, you know, tax and audit. And so it was really exciting and really welcoming and really felt like a place that I wanted to be. The other thing was the flexibility; I was planning my wedding the semester of my internship which of course had a bunch of different appointments during the day, but I was able to leave and go to those appointments even as an intern, so that was pretty nice and I really appreciated that.
Jen: That's awesome. Now you came here as an intern, what advice would you give to candidates that are going through the recruiting process like you did?
Alicia: I would say to trust your instincts; firms are going to be different all across the board and all the people are different so I know sometimes you can get pressure from your friends or your family or depending on where a lot of people are going in school. And I would just say find a place that fits for you and a place that you feel comfortable because you're going to be the one working that job, not anyone else.
Jen: Perfect, thanks so much for being here, we really appreciate it.
Alicia: Thanks, it was good to be here.