A welcome beyond your first day
At RSM, career development is a top priority. Whether you are an intern, new associate or experienced professional, we are dedicated to providing you with the support to achieve your personal and professional aspirations. Consulting Associate Ross Tawil shared his experience during his first year at RSM and Manager Steph Johnson reflects on her role as a career advisor:
Ross, who is a NetSuite consultant in our Boston’s office, said his experience at RSM got off to a terrific start at our national consulting conference for new associates. But, he says, just as important was the welcome he received when he arrived in his office.
“Everyone here was super welcoming, not just those with a connection to me on the NetSuite team,” he recalled. “Everyone asked me how I was doing and asked if I had questions. When I did have questions, I was comfortable. I wasn’t reluctant or scared to ask them of anyone. That was true of people at all levels—all the way up to partner.”
Understanding is key
We pair all of our professionals with a career advisor to help them set career goals and provide feedback, coaching and mentoring. Manager Steph Johnson, who currently serves as a career advisor to four RSM professionals, says creating that comfort level for new associates is one of the most important things anyone in a mentoring relationship can do.
“In addition to helping new associates with logistics, I feel like it’s on mentors—whether you’re a career advisor or not—to really understand them,” explained Steph, “The quickest way to make someone feel comfortable is to show them that you are seeking to understand them as a person versus just overloading them with information about you and the firm.”
While Steph says she schedules formal check-ins with her advisees, much of the support she offers is done via informal opportunities.
“I like to mix in casual interactions like lunches or coffee to just ask how things are going and to talk about their goals,” Steph said. “And even before jumping into a project meeting, taking time to check in with them on any concerns or questions is really helpful.”
Benefits for all
For Ross, the welcome he received at his RSM office has given him the confidence to request opportunities to participate in new roles and projects—among them, working for the firm’s recruiting team at career fairs.
“I’ve felt comfortable raising my hand and asking for a chance to participate in things that wouldn’t normally just fall into my lap,” Ross explained. “That’s made me a better consultant and made my job that much more enjoyable.”
For Steph, new associates aren’t the only ones who learn as part of a mentor relationship.
“There’s something really rewarding about teaching,” Steph said. “But it also opens your eyes to the things you know and the things you don’t. It’s a great way to identify gaps in your knowledge and can lead to your own development.”
From your first day to the many days ahead in your career, our RSM culture provides a welcoming environment that fosters your success story. And like Ross, Steph and so many others, the career advisor relationship will play an impactful role in that story.