Reflections on the week just past

This past week has been an interesting one. I’m at a client for the third year now. This is the first time that’s happened, which makes sense since I just began the third year of work after graduating. Some reflections on the milestone:

  • The first year I was green. I had about a week of client-site audit experience to that point, so I did very low-level work. But it was interesting, because the client is a very large owner-managed firm and the engagement is complex.
  • The second year was shortened, since I went to the SOA during the final three weeks of June and after that I was put on another engagement. That engagement is also coming up soon, and will be the second client with whom I’ve hit the third year.
  • This year, thanks to a colleague’s promotion and another’s vacation, I’ve inherited the “In-Charge” mantle and taken the reins of this beast. I find that I really excel in situations where I have greater responsibility, so I’m pretty psyched about the next couple weeks!

As challenging as new engagements are, it’s nice to be able to always spend the same time of the year at the same place.


When will I be a CA?

I recently passed the 2-year mark working in public accounting since graduating without doing any co-op terms. I started work at the beginning of May 2005, so through the end of June I will have 26 months experience, less the approximately 2 months I took off last summer to attend the SOA and study and write the UFE.

To fully earn the CA designation in Canada, you need 30 months of practical experience, along with satisfying some more specific hours requirements in certain areas (i.e. audit, tax, review). I chose a mid-tier firm because the experience is very well-rounded, so the hours requirement is almost certainly satisfied.

(Along with the experience requirement, there is of course the education and examination requirements.)

Therefore, at the end of December this year I could be Neil McIntyre, CA.