Mentoring is about mutual aid, communication and passion, reminds us of Caroline Plourde, our firm’s assurance partner.
For accountants beginning their profession, what’s better than being able to rely, at any time, on the support of one’s colleagues to grow?
In our Rimouski office’s assurance department, every effort is made to ensure that young accountants can quickly develop their talents and take on responsibilities commensurate with their aspirations.
Caroline, you lead a team of about 20 people. How do you train your recruits?
We get them involved in assignments very early on. We make sure we provide them with the right tools and introduce them to clients under the supervision of more experienced colleagues. This way, our recruits become self-sufficient more quickly. We prepare a detailed integration plan for each, provide them with the right training and assign them a mentor, a young professional available to guide them.
Why do you want the young CPAs to be self-sufficient so quickly?
Our office is growing rapidly and our recruits want to contribute to our success from the very beginning. Furthermore, young Gen Y and Gen Z want to have the chance to take up challenges and develop their careers very quickly. This is why it’s so important to help them develop their skills.
How do you help young CPAs grow in their career?
By constantly communicating with our young talents, we take their interests into account. If they wish to specialize in a particular field of expertise or activity sector, we support them in this process. We also encourage them to participate in various working committees and provide training based on where their interests lie. It’s important that each person makes a personal contribution to the team.
What motivates you most about mentoring?
The recruits inspire us and bring new ideas to the table. For me, as a mentor, I like to make the young professionals feel comfortable, help them unlock their full potential and develop their own business network.