What Does Rising Talent Look for in a CPA Firm?

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Public accounting has changed a great deal in order to keep pace with the way client needs have changed, requiring specifically talented professionals to evaluate these needs from multiple angles.

This may be one reason that rising stars in the CPA world need a different type of environment to learn and thrive. At our firm, we have taken an aggressive route to test programs, encourage feedback and ensure that skilled employees have a clear path that is customized to support their individual preferences around skills development and professional growth.

We have also learned that young team members benefit from a focus on four areas:

1. Mentoring

When young associates join the firm, we emphasize the importance of having a passion for what they do.  In addition, we have a group coaching model that allows individuals to experience the different service lines and industries we serve. They work with coaches to determine which arena they most enjoy, and they may elect to move around within the company. 

Once they choose their path, we then tailor their education, exposure and experiences. This two-year “incubator” also helps them gain an appreciation for their co-workers’ experiences, challenges, and thought processes.

We recognize the unique challenges that women face in the profession and mentor women to thrive. As such, our firm has a successful Women’s Opportunity Network (WON), through which team members can maintain a dialogue on important issues like how to maintain a fulfilling life/work integration.  All employees value balance, but finding it can be incredibly tricky for women going through major life milestones at the same time their careers are gaining momentum.

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About Dave McManus CPA

Dave McManus

Dave McManus CPA is AAFCPAs’ co-managing partner, providing assurance, tax planning & compliance solutions to privately-held commercial companies. His client base consists of multinational manufacturing & distribution companies, real estate developers, auto dealerships, as well as high tech, bio tech, and renewable energy companies.


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