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    Public Accounting As A Career

    Starting a career in accounting can be the most challenging aspect of finishing your education. You have worked very hard on your courses and are now ready to apply your new skills in a public accounting firm. Where do you start? What do you need to know?

    Gema Ptasinski, a partner at Vicenti, was interviewed by students at Cal Poly Pomona to help students get a better idea of what firms are looking for. Schedule yourself for a firm tour to have an opportunity to view the interview. Our thanks to Vince Turner and the accounting department at Cal Poly Pomona for providing a valuable forum for students as they start an exciting journey in their career.

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    You Can Make a Difference

    Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman’s purpose is “To Make a Positive Difference In Our World“.

    We do this by:

    • Caring about clients and our community and helping them to realize their dreams.
    • Being advisors and sharing knowledge with our clients that assists them in making confident, quality decisions.
    • Creating opportunities for our people that result in a fulfilling growth experience.
    • Encouraging employees to achieve balance in their life and career.

    We are interested in people who want to make a long-term commitment to public accounting. We look carefully for those who project a sense of dedication, perseverence and professionalism. We hire staff having the motivation to succeed in their chosen profession of accounting.

    Our plans for the future are to continue to increase our client base and the array of services that we offer. To that end, we are involved in a major practice development program that involves all members of the firm. As we grow and expand, we continue to search for people whose career interests can help us succeed in this endeavor. We can likewise help you to succeed in your career.

    We are always looking for qualified people at all levels. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Please consider joining us.

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    Assignments generally require the services of one to four members of the staff. Your responsibilities will vary on different engagements, particularly during the first two to three years of employment. Your skills and judgment will be developed and evaluated through a variety of challenging and interesting assignments.

    If you qualify for a position with Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman, it will be because you demonstrate the skills necessary to succeed in public accounting. We put these skills to work immediately. After an orientation and thorough introductory training, new staff are quickly assigned to client projects that will enhance their knowledge and add real world experience to their education.

    We encourage people to use their judgment, insights and imagination to pursue practical and creative solutions to clients’ problems and needs. This is a dynamic profession and one which is constantly changing. Today’s answers are probably not tomorrow’s solutions and you will be challenged to stay current. You can expect to learn a great deal in a very short period of time.

    If someone has a particular interest in a certain area, we do our best to reflect that desire in job assignments. We believe that the staff member and the firm benefit through developing an emphasis in a service area.

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    Professional Development

    Much of your development will come from on-the-job experience. We also ensure that each staff member has at least 40 hours of qualifying professional training each year; generally it’s almost twice that. This is accomplished by using a combination of in-house staff training, video programs, professional organizations and outside seminars and conferences. We utilize courses conducted by the American Institute of CPAs, California Society of CPAs and other organizations.

    Although there is not a required timetable, you are expected and encouraged to become a CPA as rapidly as possible. We encourage you to take a CPA coaching course; if possible, your work schedule will be arranged to enable you to attend such a course. If you desire to continue your formal education and pursue a post-graduate degree, you are encouraged to do so as it will help broaden your knowledge and abilities.

    Your professional growth is as important to us as it is to you. We want you to develop and advance as quickly as possible. We will do our best to help you acquire and refine the skills necessary to be successful in the accounting profession. This includes helping you receive the training, both formal and informal, that you need.

    You should realize, however, that as in all professions, your future professional development and growth depends primarily on you. We have found that, without exception, the growth and development of any individual is determined by his/her own initiative, determination and desires.

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    Balancing Life & Career

    Dad_with_kidsIt is 10:45 Friday night, and you just got home. What a day it’s been. 6:00 A.M. meeting, 2 minute lunch, and now some client work to wrap-up at your home office. Tomorrow will be a copy of today. “Well, that’s Public Accounting”, you say to yourself. “I have to pay my dues of over 2,300 hours a year.” Dad Working with kids

    Is it? We would like to challenge you to ask yourself, “Is this really what Public Accounting is all about?” Sure you enjoy the challenge, the intellectual camaraderie, and the satisfaction of meeting client needs. But do these benefits have to come at the expense of your personal life? How many of your child’s baseball games or school plays will you miss? What about spending quality time with your friends and loved ones? You only get one shot at life. We believe you should live it now.

    This is what makes working at Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman different. We are a public accounting and business consulting firm that encourages employees to achieve balance in their life and career. One of our core values is “Respect for the Individual.” And so, we believe that you are a human being, not just a human doing.

    At Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman, we feel that an employee who maintains a sense of balance will provide excellent service in meeting our clients’ needs. As a professional service firm, our goal is to be the first place our clients call no matter what the need. To accomplish our goal, there will be times when overtime is needed. However, these times are less excessive than you would find in most other firms.

    If you are interested in achieving balance in your life and career, contact Vicenti. We would be delighted to hear from you.