This week's Meet the Roger CPA Review Team Q&A Series is with Jessica Thumati, CPA, and Director of Strategic Planning and Development. We're excited that Jessica joined the Roger CPA Review team this summer! Find out what she does at Roger CPA Review, her favorite aspect of the job and how she plans to spend the rest of the summer with her family.
Without further ado...
Q&A with Jessica Thumati, CPA - Director of Strategic Planning and Development for Roger CPA Review
What do you do at Roger CPA Review?
I am responsible for overseeing strategic planning, business development, growth of profitable new business opportunities and the Company’s acquisition strategy. I partner with nearly every Department in the Company to implement comprehensive business plans, develop infrastructure in support of new business, and foster the growth of an idea to full implementation. I learn something new every day, and I’m constantly challenged to think bigger and more creatively.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Roger CPA Review?
I’ve never met a group of people who are more passionate about what they do. Everyone at Roger CPA Review is committed to helping our students pass the CPA exam, and we do that by providing the industry’s most comprehensive CPA exam preparation materials. We have designed the most intuitive and engaging learning system so that our clients can successfully and seamlessly attain their goal of becoming a CPA. More importantly, we work diligently to ensure your study process is efficient, effective and enjoyable!
Secondly, work is a big part of your life, and in my opinion, the only way to be truly satisfied is to love what you do and to be passionate about what you’re doing. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Never settle. You’ll know when you’ve found it. Trust me.
How does your current position influence what you’re passionate about?
I am truly passionate about helping others achieve their goals, and I am able to do that at Roger CPA Review. I understand the value in having a CPA license (yes, I still keep mine active!), and I’m delighted to be part of an organization that is truly making a difference in people’s careers, and ultimately their lives. I believe in what we’re doing and I’m passionate about it!
Who has impacted you most in your life and how?
My children, my husband, and my great Aunt. My kids and husband have taught me to follow my heart, listen to my gut, and to focus on the things that really matter. My 90-something-year-old aunt has taught me 2 very important lessons: 1) Always laugh and smile, even in the face of adversity and life’s challenges, and 2) Always drink a glass of really good wine in the evenings!
If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would it be and why?
I went to Europe for 2 months before I started my career at PwC and took the CPA exam. If I could do it all over again, I would have taken an entire year off, maybe more, and traveled the world. There is something so refreshing and eye-opening about traveling to different places, big and small, and learning about the culture of others.
If you could offer one piece of career (or life) advice to recent college graduates, what would it be?
Take every opportunity to learn, see, do and experience as much as possible. Ask questions, work hard, and contribute. Make choices that are right for you, not for someone else. Celebrate your own unique path in life. It’s not about the final destination, it’s about the journey along the way.
What is your favorite quote or mantra?
I have 2 favorite quotes and in no particular order they are:
“This too shall pass.” –From my Yiddish-speaking family members.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path; and that will make all the difference.” –Steve Jobs
How do you plan to enjoy the summer?
My family has a very robust social calendar, so we will spend the summer attending weddings, celebrating birthdays, joining play dates, traveling the West Coast, and hopefully cleaning the garage!
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