Hello – My name is Trey Dalton, and I’m an Audit Senior at HM&M.
I began as an intern, then took a full-time staff position after graduating from UNT with a Masters in Accounting. After 2 years, I was promoted to senior accountant. I would not have been able to progress without the wisdom and guidance of my audit team family. I was empowered from day one and it’s clear they want you to succeed!
What does a day in the life of a senior look like?
Well, the first thing I do every day is wake up at 5:30 a.m. The first 2 hours of the day are the time when I stretch, exercise, and organize my thoughts. During busy season, I like to work 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and then work from home on the weekends as necessary. The rest of the year, I like to work from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
After I get to work, the first thing I do is check my email. As a senior staff member, I am usually the main contact for clients. So, when I receive a request from a client, I have to decide if it’s something I can handle myself, something I can delegate to staff, or seek a supervisor’s guidance. Along with emails from clients, I will respond to questions from the staff I supervise and complete requests from supervisors I work with.
I work on multiple different clients within multiple different industries. I enjoy the new opportunities I’m presented each day.
However, if I was in the office, my day could look a little like this: attend a planning meeting, finish a workpaper with new information received from the client, catch up with coworkers, and attend a training. When I am at a clients, it looks a little different. I get to know the client through conversations, observe the client’s business first hand, tackle my assigned sections in the order of complexity, and give or receive a status report.
After work, during busy season, I like to go home, cook dinner, read a book, and enjoy the occasional glass of red wine. During the non-busy time of the year, I like to go to happy hours with co-workers, play on a firm sports team, assist with recruiting events, and volunteer at local charities.
Overall, being an Audit Senior at HM&M is a great opportunity and I am happy to be in the accounting industry.
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Written by Trey Dalton.
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