The questions were fast and furious.
“Why do you like tax?… How much do you really like tax?”
That’s what it was like during my job interview … and even on my first day working at VPTax.
As a graduate of Golden Gate University’s Master of Science in Taxation program, and with one year of experience at a local tax firm, I was initially surprised to hear those types of questions.
But after working at VPTax for five months, I now understand how important it is to actually love tax. Everyone at VPTax applies their passion for tax to help clients manage complex tax challenges.
A love for tax translates into engaged co-workers who are always learning, teaching and striving to become even better tax experts. A love of all things tax drives me to keep learning and striving to be a Vice President, Tax, like many of my colleagues.
The same holds true for being a Tax Director, who addresses all aspects of current and potential tax issues. A Tax Director must have a wide range of tax knowledge from international tax to sales tax to income tax.
And as a potential candidate for a Tax Director position, I enjoy learning all of the tax fields, so I can provide comprehensive tax services to clients. It might be a long time before I reach the Tax Director level, but I know I can get there because I am inspired and excited to keep expanding my knowledge; using that knowledge to help my clients and deepening my passion for any, and all, things tax.
“Working is very different from academic study,” one of my university professors once said. And I certainly found that out in my tax practice experience with my previous employer. There was always lots of pressure from upper-level employees. But I guessed it was understandable because it was the busy tax season and everyone had their backs up against the wall.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case at VPTax. Here, instead of pushing me to turn in projects early, my supervisors tell me how to do things in an efficient way. Instead of merely directing me to do this or that, they ask me: “Do you know why we are doing it this way?” Then they explain it to me if I don’t get it. Initially, I felt like I was at school sitting in front of professors taking classes. I was wondering …”How can you have time to explain all this to me? Isn’t it tax busy season?”
Actually, the truth of the matter is this: By knowing what to do and how to do it, I actually get things done faster and avoid wasting time correcting and updating… or heading in a wrong direction.
No matter which way you look at it, VPTax is a great place to work, learn and grow.