Yes, public accounting is changing. Firms are offering the coveted work-life integration and fulfilling relationships that match what people want in the office of the future.
There are many different roles and specialties that accounting associates and certified public accountants can gravitate to, and not all of them include spreadsheets or QuickBooks.® There is a misconception that it’s all math, that you sit at your desk 12 hours a day or work every weekend. There are more advisory and remote positions than most people realize. In today’s accounting careers, you can help businesses grow. You can help people reach retirement goals or increase affordable housing. You are making a difference in the world.
Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “…employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029…globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors.”
Accounting is also evolving with technology. Companies are making new tech for accountants that frees up their time to focus on client guidance, both for-profit and not-for-profit clients. There is a ton of opportunity for automation, and with that comes new kinds of accounting careers.
At Tidwell, you have so many opportunities to learn, grow and advance your career. I am so glad I get to be part of the associates’ dreams and excited when they pass the CPA exam, get another degree or designation, or get a promotion. We also encourage them to use the flexible work arrangements and use the well-deserved PTO. Our culture is about learning, growing and being the best we can be for clients, work peers and our families. – Jen Zarins, Director of Learning and Development, Tidwell Group
With opportunity comes the flexibility of abbreviated schedules, family support, and working-from-home options that fit your life. Here is a perfect example from another employee about the accounting office of the future.
Having coming from a larger, more corporate environment prior to Tidwell Group, I appreciate that there is actual sincerity when the firm talks about our flexibility. I also appreciate the fact that everyone’s unique identities and personalities are celebrated. The goal of the firm is to not to try to fit us all into the same mold, but to instead help us find ways to invest in each of our own unique talents. – Jeremy Densmore, CPA, HCCP, Assurance Partner
Accounting Office of the Future
Welcome to the Accounting Office of the Future. Interns and experienced professionals alike say they love our culture and environment. With several offices (Austin, TX, Charlotte, NC, Tampa, FL, Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, and Columbus, OH), we have connected different cultures and time zones across the country, and we’ve grown to understand the needs and expectations of a lot of intelligent and caring individuals in the process. This helps us shape our office spaces to grow with our evolving candidates and coworkers.
Our new Lenox Park office which opened in late December 2022 in Buckhead, GA, is a perfect example. Light-filled lounges and meeting spaces lead out to 32 acres of green space. Extroverts and introverts can find their preferred work areas to collaborate or focus on. A large kitchen area and game room lounge help everyone to relax, recharge, and enjoy the park views through floor-to-ceiling windows. State-of-the-art technology helps us transition easily from office to home and back again.
Some firms are highly competitive, and even their best attempts at team building can go awry at times, leaving friends chagrined when another is awarded more praise. Cultivating a culture where you are equally mentored, coached, and allowed to grow into positions where you get to do what you love (and learn more about yourself at the same time) – that’s what we’re all about.
We are small enough that we know your name, but we’re also one of the fastest-growing firms in America. So how do we maintain that balance? We have a specially coordinated process where teams work closely with one another and ensure everyone is given a chance to grow in their role, move laterally, vertically, or even build their own position if the opportunity calls for it.
Anyone can come in and grab a snack, whether you work here or just want to take a tour as a high school or college student. Friends and Family members are often seen around the cafeteria visiting and enjoying lunch together. We have a ‘Dress for your Day’ policy that allows for employees’ discretion to select the appropriate dress for the business of each workday, whether that’s a suit and tie, athletic wear or your favorite comfy clothes. We’re not guarded; give us a call and we will make it possible for you to come in and show you how we work and make a difference for our clients.
L.E.A.D. Summer Leadership Program
We also invite you to apply for our two-day L.E.A.D. (Leadership Engagement Appreciation Development) program. This summer program shows you what it’s like to be a part of the Tidwell Group team and gives you a chance to stand out among other candidates.
As Tidwell Group’s corporate recruiter, I visit schools and talk to students about their career opportunities. I also help to run the summer leadership program with our Director of Human Resources and various partners. I am not a CPA, but I am helping to shape the future of the accounting industry! – Avery Perry, Corporate Recruiter, Tidwell Group
Applying to our summer leadership program is simple, whether through our Google form, or with a QR code if you found us on a flyer at school. During the Summer Leadership Program, we talk about the selection process, show off our space and invite everyone in to meet our great team and experience our culture. This is an opportunity to get a deep dive into the various lives of accountants, and then we give you the knowledge to help you land the job of your dreams, regardless of your preferred choice of firm.