Kevin Block, CPA from MBE CPAs is featured in the Fall 2018 issue of the WICPA’s CPA2b Magazine. You can find his insert below.
Kevin C. Block, CPA
Job title: Manager | Employer: MBE CPAs LLP, Sun Prairie
How did you find your first job?
I found my first job by doing research online through websites such as WICPA, Indeed, Monster and LinkedIn as well as attending job fairs on campus at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to see what firms I would like to work with.
Which resource was the most helpful in your job search efforts?
Attending job fairs was the most helpful resource for me because it gave me the opportunity to meet with people from various companies to ask them questions about job openings and what it is like to work for their organizations.
Which resource turned out to be less helpful than you thought?
LinkedIn was initially not as helpful as I thought it would be, as I did not have that many connections when I first started my online professional account. However, that is very different today, as I constantly get emails and phone calls from recruiters who found me from my LinkedIn profile. What’s one thing you know now that you wish you had known before starting your first job? One thing I know is that you should be ready to apply a lot of what you learned in all of your college courses if you are in the public accounting industry. There are so many clients in various industries; you don’t realize when you’re in college that a lot of what you learn is relevant to the real world and can truly help your clients succeed.
What’s the best career advice you’ve received?
Learn something new every day, and keep persevering.hat’s the worst career advice you’ve received? Fake it until you make it. That just isn’t going to work in accounting.
What’s one thing they didn’t tell you about the profession in college?
I didn’t know that clients will not provide all of the information to us like they did in our college homework. We have to be able to look over the information that is provided to us and ask the appropriate questions to determine if we need more information to properly take care of the client.
What are some dead-wrong assumptions people make about CPAs?
It’s totally inaccurate that CPAs are boring and only prepare tax returns. In actuality, we are very fun and intelligent people who know how to have a good time. Tax preparation is only one service out of many services that we provide for our clients. For example, we also provide business and individual consulting, assurance and accounting services.
What myths about CPAs are actually true? It is true that CPAs are very detail oriented and numbers people?
This myth isn’t true for all CPAs, but a lot of us are detail oriented and want to look at the numbers to understand our clients’ businesses and how we can help.
What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from a mentor in the profession?
I’ve learned that it’s ok to not know everything or have all of the answers. It’s more important that you do your due diligence to research and get the answers so you can properly provide guidance that will add value to your clients.