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Annual review a chance to look forward and back

I had my annual performance review Friday afternoon. I knew what to expect, because it’s basically the aggregation of each job review we get throughout the year. Job reviews are a solid lead indicator for the annual appraisal. Reviewer comments are cited and my performance is compared to expectations.

It also afforded me the opportunity to share my thoughts on the past year with a manager and a partner, my goals for the future and anything else that was on my mind related to my career trajectory with the firm.

I’m feeling very comfortable running audits as the senior in charge, I noted. For me, being in a position with greater responsibility provides the motivation to do great work. In the coming year I will find myself more frequently in this role.

I also noted that I want to work on larger audits, including public companies. The closest I have come to a public company is a co-operative, which is widely held and therefore the risk level would be similar to public companies. I’ve also done a couple inventory counts for a public company. Slim experience in what I see as an important step in my development.

In summary, I’m looking forward to increased responsibility, hopefully on new, exciting and bigger clients with more complex accounting. I need to keep challenging myself.