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As a Hispanic professional, have you ever considered a career in accounting? This auditor shares his story of how his high school accounting classes lead him to a career in auditing.

Q: What is your job title and what industry do you work in? How many years of experience do you have in this field? How would you describe yourself using only three adjectives?

A: I work in the accounting industry as an auditor, and have been doing that since I graduated college two years ago. Smart, friendly and quiet would be the three words that I would use to describe myself.

Q: What’s your ethnicity and gender? How has it hurt or helped you? If you ever experienced discrimination, how have you responded and what worked best?

A: I am a half white and half Mexican male. My ethnicity has helped with my career because I know how to value hard work. I know nothing will be handed to me, so I have to work harder than everyone else to succeed. I think everyone experiences some discrimination, but I just usually ignore it and go on with my business.

Q: How would you describe what you do? What does your work entail? Are there any common misunderstandings you want to correct about what you do?

A: I basically review financial reports of business and look for any mistakes or things that look out of place. I do this to make sure that their financial numbers are reported correctly and they are not cooking the books. I think that many people believe that all auditors deal with taxes and are the people that come after you if your taxes are wrong.

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your job satisfaction? What might need to change about your job to unleash your full enthusiasm?

A: On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give my job satisfaction a score of 7. I am fairly new to the job, so I do not have much responsibility and am not doing what I truly want to. Once I get some more experience with the job and move up the corporate ladder, I will be truly satisfied with my job.

Q: If this job moves your heart – how so? Ever feel like you found your calling or sweet spot in life? If not, what might do it for you?

A: I would not say that the job moves my heart because I am not doing something that is special and helps a lot of people. Very few jobs are like that except a nurse or doctor. This is what I want to do for a living, so I do think that I have found my calling and would not change anything.

Q: Is there anything unique about your situation that readers should know when considering your experiences or accomplishments?

A: I do not believe that there is anything unique about my situation. I just worked hard the entire time I was in school to make sure that I could achieve everything that I wanted to.

Q: How did you get started in this line of work? If you could go back and do it differently, what would you change?

A: I took some accounting classes my last year of high school. Once I took those classes, I knew that I wanted to study accounting once I went to college. I enjoyed auditing more than taxes while studying in college, so I decided to focus on finding an auditing job once I graduated. Everything has turned out alright, so I would not change anything about my decisions.

Q: What did you learn the hard way in this job and what happened specifically that led up to this lesson?

A: I do not know if I learned it the hard way, but I learned that it is alright to screw up every once in awhile. I started my job with so much anxiety because I did not want to mess anything up. As long as you do not make the same mistake over again and continue to improve, you will be alright.

Q: What is the single most important thing you have learned outside of school about the working world?

A: I learned that no matter how hard you work in school, you will never be fully prepared for the working world. Nothing will be given to you at your job because they can easily find someone to replace you. I had to work hard everyday to make sure that I showed them that the job was important to me.

Q: What’s the strangest thing that ever happened to you in this job?

A: I do not deal with too many people, so nothing that strange as ever happened to me. I basically just sit at my desk and do my work.

Q: Why do you get up and go to work each day? Can you give an example of something that really made you feel good or proud?

A: This is probably not the most inspirational, but I get up and go to work to be able to pay my bills. I want to continue to succeed in life, and the only way to achieve this is to advance in my career. I felt really proud when I was able to take the money I earn and was able to provide for myself. It is very rewarding to be able to live on your own and not have to rely on other people.

Q: What kind of challenges do you handle and what makes you want to just quit?

A: It is not always the easiest line of work and it can be very stressful, but I have never thought of quitting. The work would not be easier anywhere else, and this is the only thing I know how to do.

Q: How stressful is your job? Are you able to maintain a comfortable or healthy work-life balance? How?

A: The deadlines and the amount of work can make my job rather stressful, but I am able to maintain a healthy work-life balance. I do not take my work home with me, and just try to forget about it and enjoy my time off.

Q: What’s a rough salary range for the position you hold? Are you paid enough and/or happy living within your means?

A: I am making about $16 an hour two years after graduating from college. This is in the Midwest, so the pay will probably be more in more expensive areas. I believe I am paid enough because I am able to easily take care of myself and pay all of my bills.

Q: How much vacation do you take? Is it enough?

A: I am able to take two weeks of vacation, and I believe that is enough. I do not take any extended vacations, so I just use my vacation time to take a day or two off when I really need it.

Q: What education and skills do you need to get hired and succeed in this field?

A: To do my job you would need a bachelor's degree in accounting. It would also be ideal if you were good with computers and math. Having these skills and a degree from a good college should allow you to easily succeed in the auditing field.

Q: What would you tell a friend considering your line of work?

A: I would tell them that it is a lot of work, but you also get paid very well for it. Accounting jobs will never go away and are usually available in most areas, so it is a great field to get into.

Q: If you could write your own ticket, what would you like to be doing in five years?

A: I would like to be working for the same company, but with more responsibility. I would like to be able to move up and advance in my career. If this is happening, then I would be very happy.