By Justin Riley – Being a senior at William Jewell, it’s hard not to stress out about post-graduation plans and the imminent “real world”. However, for senior Will Gross, this is the most influential and exciting time in his college career. “I feel like many of my peers find this to be a stressful time. Trying to find graduate schools and jobs can be taxing. But personally, this is an exciting and pivotal time to really discover what career path you want to pursue.”
Being able to obtain an internship for college students has become a point of emphasis as employers look through resumes and try to pick a candidate that stands out from the rest. For Will, landing a great internship opportunity with Paul Schwartz C. P. A. Accounting Firm has been an exceptional learning opportunity. “My parents use Paul Schwartz for their personal accountant and they helped me get my foot in the door. The firm needed an intern to help during the busy tax season, so it was a win, win”. Interning has given Will invaluable experience that he can transfer over to other business opportunities in his future endeavors.
Paul Schwartz C. P. A. is a small, private accounting firm that primarily does work in the Lee’s Summit and Kansas City areas. “It’s a family oriented business with 3 other employees and myself. With a small staff I’m able to get a lot of hands on work and collaborate with others while working on a project”. On the job, Will performs basic accounting activities such as: bank deposits, journal entries, recording checks, and end of the month statements. The company performs tax returns for a range of clients from individuals to LLCs and Partnerships. “Attention to detail is crucial. Our customers rely on us for accuracy and expect us to notify them when payments are required. Mistakes can lead to penalties and our clients count on us to get things right and on time”. That accountability on the job has really given Will an attention to deadlines as well as how to handle day-to-day accounting operations that cannot be taught in the classroom.
Will’s Jewell professors have greatly contributed to his success while interning this semester. “The Accounting and Business classes provided at Jewell have really given me the tools that I need to be successful in the workplace. My professors such as McCullick, Schutte, and Hawkins have helped me master basic accounting activities that I use everyday on the job”. Will’s interest in tax accounting actually came after taking an income tax class at Jewell. “I really enjoy analyzing and filing taxes, I really wanted to go on and learn more in this field”.
As Will continues to work at Paul Schwartz for the remainder of the Spring 2015 semester, he continues to plan what he wants to do after graduation in May. “Right now I’m in a great position. I balance coursework on campus and working at Paul Schwartz. I look forward going to work every day after graduation.”