Within the past couple of decades, the IT profession has expanded into every area of business, and the demand for employees followed suit. Pursuing this area of study did not take much convincing, since I grew up in a technology friendly world, surrounded by computers. I spent this past summer at Schneider Downs, interning in the internal audit department, with the majority of my work being IT-related. I approached this summer as an opportunity to learn more about the internal auditor profession and to gain experience working in a public accounting firm.
Schneider Downs gave me the opportunity to work with an array of clients in a variety of locations. I was given responsibility with each client, but also given the appropriate guidance to promote assurance in my work. Immediately taking on such great responsibilities was frightening. Fighting past the nerves, I relied on my supportive co-workers for help any time I needed it. They gave me the confidence I needed to succeed. Through this confidence, I was able to help more, and felt like a valuable asset to the department.
My experience at SD expanded beyond the office. Serving clients from multiple states gave me the opportunity to travel and work in unfamiliar situations. Personal interaction with clients brought on a completely new level of maturity in me.
School can only teach you so much. Eventually, you need to get out there and learn through experience. Schneider Downs provided me with an opportunity to learn in a fast paced, hands-on environment. I was given opportunities to serve clients and the tools to succeed. This summer has taught me more than anything I can learn in any school, and given me the maturity to succeed upon graduation. As I approach my final year at Ohio University, I will take everything I have learned this summer and apply it well beyond the business environment.
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