We continue our Q&A Series this week by highlighting a member of Roger CPA Review's team. We think it's important that you know who is behind the review course, including what they do and why they find the CPA industry so rewarding. Last week we introduced you to Kristin, Lynes, our Vice President. This week we present Mitra Wilson, our Associate Director of Strategic Alliances.
So, without further ado...
Q&A with Mitra Wilson, Associate Director of Strategic Alliances for Roger CPA Review
What do you do at Roger CPA Review?
I am a liaison between national public accounting firms, private companies, and government agencies helping them with their CPA Review needs. This entails forming Direct Bill partnerships, presenting to interns and new hires about the CPA exam, and maintaining our large corporate accounts providing support internally to both uncertified staff and those in recruiting, human resources, and training & development. I also work extensively with different firm alliances and state societies.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Roger CPA Review?
I love the fact that I’m helping people achieve their career goals. The testimonials I receive on a regular basis make me feel proud to be a part of a company that helps people accomplish something so big in their lives. I also really enjoy public speaking and have had the opportunity to travel and meet many different and fascinating people in the accounting industry thanks to this position.
How does your current position influence what you’re passionate about?
My current position keeps me in the forefront of the ever changing accounting industry, having my finger on the pulse of growth opportunities, mergers, and policy updates. Using this information, I am passionate about strategizing new potential partnerships and showcasing how our course, products, and customer service can really make a difference.
Who has impacted you most in your life and how?
My father has had a major impact, especially in regard to my work ethic and recognizing that I wanted Roger CPA Review to not just be my next job but my actual career. He has taught me to be confident but humble and to speak up when passionate about something, but know the right timing when to do so. He has shown me that listening is key when forming new relationships and a little humor goes a long way. Regarding influencing my life outside of my career, my father is very open minded, having traveled to many parts of the world and learning from different cultures and speaking different languages. This influenced my own travels and the learning of languages which will forever shape who I am.
If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would it be and why?
I used to do theatrical acting as a child/teenager and there was one audition in particular that I came very close to landing but chose to take a vacation rather than do the final call back. In my defense, I was given the wrong information and was told that the audition was for “America’s Most Wanted” so I wasn’t too enthused about playing in one of those crime re-enactments (although in hindsight it would have still been a good experience). It turns out it was for a very popular movie called “American Pie.” I sometimes wonder how glamorous my life would have been if I had won the part, but then again, I met my husband through Roger CPA Review (he was a new hire for one of my firm accounts) and we now have a sweet baby boy so it all worked out for the best!
If you could offer one piece of career (or life) advice to recent college graduates, what would it be?
If possible, don’t settle for the first position that comes your way, especially if it does not fit with the experience you're looking to gain. When putting yourself out there to get your first real job, you should weigh the pros and cons and compare both before making a final decision. You may be pleasantly surprised by a company that may not have as well-known of a name but rather the culture and opportunities that best suit you. If you're content with your choice and surrounded by good colleagues and mentors, don’t jump ship because of the mentality that "the grass is greener on the other side.” Instead focus on real concrete reasons that make sense for your ultimate life plan.
What is your favorite quote or mantra?
I have two:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
How do you plan to enjoy the summer?
Backyard BBQ’s, teaching my baby boy to swim in the pool, and fun at the beach with the family!
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