Name: Rae Ramos
Title: Staff Accountant
Years with the Firm: < 1
What do you find are the biggest obstacles for a new staff auditor in their first year?
There’s so much information I think there’s a pretty big learning curve. Starting during a busy season just means it’s more important to learn as quickly as possible and ask a ton of questions. There’s so many parts to auditing, and everyone works differently so you also have to account for that.
There are less students graduating with accounting degrees these days. What made you decide to pursue accounting? What would you tell college students unsure of what program to enter?
Honestly, I had the worst experience with my accounting professors. Luckily, I made a friend in my class who wasn’t very good at accounting, but we had a lot of classes together. I spent time outside of class tutoring her and walking her through homework and realized that it made a lot of sense to me, and I wasn’t too bad at it. I think I would tell students that taking classes they are unsure about might save them a career change in the future. Whatever business they enter has a near 100% certainty that it involves money and has an accounting system so you might as well understand at least a piece of it. I’d suggest trying everything, and at the worst you have a general understanding of a subject or subjects you don’t like.
You are originally from Washington, but this isn’t your first time in Alaska. What made you decide to return?
My move was always going to be short-term. I got a job and living situation that was ideal for my school schedule and what I was working towards so I decided to leave for a while until I graduated. I really love Alaska; there’s a lot of outdoorsy things to do. I made some really great friends that two years I lived here, and my girlfriend and her family are here. I also want to see more of Alaska before I’m ready to live in the Lower 48 again.