Staying calm in the midst of the storm
March 27, 2015
During my internship at Porter Keadle Moore, I worked part-time which caused my tax Busy Season to be less stressful due to the limited hours. However in February 2014, I returned to PKM in the middle of busy season as a first-year staff member and found myself participating in a variety of engagements that required long hours to meet our deadlines. Looking back, I realize how much I learned and how far I have come in a matter of months. Even though it was a very busy time it was a learning experience challenged by work flow, meaningful interactions plus more – I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
This year, as a second-year staff, I looked forward to our busy season. Now that I have developed client relationships, I know what to anticipate and have prepared myself for what is to come in each circumstance. Gaining time under your belt where you can build your confidence no matter which area of accounting you are working in, is exactly what you have to look forward to. The increased level of ownership, responsibility, flexibility and overall improved technical skills truly sets the tone for the season. With all that I just mentioned, I have organized, prioritized and have set my attitude to one of feeling grateful for the opportunities that lie ahead. Establishing this perspective has been extremely helpful to maintain a sense of calmness and inner peace. For 2015, this is my key to getting through our first deadline and preparing for the next wave of deadlines to come.
Another HUGE contributor to my excitement of Busy Season has been the incredible group of co-workers that I get to see and work with every day. Not only am I challenged, but I’m excited to come to work and see my friends each day. What more could you ask for in a work environment?
Tracie Walker started with PKM in 2012 as an intern. Since her graduation from Georgia State University, Tracie returned to the firm she has worked her way into the position of second-year Tax Staff. Tracie maintains positive perspective through the often stormy busy season by supplementing her work by reading, decorating, gardening and traveling.