I watched “The Office” from the very beginning until the very end two weeks ago. I know certain people who don’t like “The Office” for many of the reasons that I loved it: the awkward situations, uncomfortable silences, and sheer inappropriateness of much of the goings-on at Dunder-Mifflin. One thing I think people miss if they only catch episodes here and there of “The Office” though is that it’s more than just another comedy. Although the regional manager, Michael Scott, crossed the line with his employees often, it became clear to me that he truly cared about their well-being and happiness. Michael made it obvious many times that he was interested in their lives (sometimes an inappropriate amount, yes) and wanted them to feel welcome at Dunder-Mifflin. Michael Scott had an ability to make his employees feel welcome and wanted a work environment I believe most employees hope to have.
Ironically, just as soon as my favorite show about a “professional” environment ended, I have gotten a chance to experience one myself at Schneider Downs. Now, while Schneider Downs definitely holds itself to a higher standard professionally than Dunder-Mifflin, I can relate to the feeling of being welcome in the place you work. The fact that everyone smiles, says “Hello” and genuinely cares about the well-being of each other is a much different experience than any other job I’ve worked before. Many of the firms I visited while doing on-site interviews were dead-silent, and no one really smiled at me as I passed by. Schneider Downs was the complete opposite. Everyone smiled and greeted me so enthusiastically, I knew I would like to work here.
And now at the end of my first month at Schneider Downs, I am proud to say that I still feel just as welcome as I’d ever hoped to be. I’ve learned more in the short time I’ve been here about the audit profession than I really had ever imagined I would. I’m excited and eager to learn more about Schneider Downs and the audit field this summer. Thank you to everyone who has made me feel welcome and is making this internship such a valuable experience for me. I look forward to what the next two months will bring!
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