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March 12, 2009

Want to really know what an intern at a Big Four firm is thinking? Now you can, because one accounting elf is writing about it all online. With refreshingly little fear of repercussion, a blogger known as "Kel" shares her trials and tribulations of being an accounting student and interning on the blog, Accounting Elf.

In today's climate of "I'm-scared-to-write-anything-on-a-blog-because-a-future-employer-might-not-hire-me" Kel is an honest voice, offering a real inside perspective of what it feels like to be someone just starting out in their career. Though there's some pretty blunt opining, Kel is smart; personal information isn't easily accessible on the site and, from what I can tell, contact information isn't either.

Here's an excerpt from Accounting Elf's latest post:

"Found out today that I won't be getting a full-time job offer from the firm I've been interning at. They gave me some reasons . . . something about me being too awesome for the job I think? That sounds about right. The economy may have wormed its way into the conversation at one point."

Or here's a blurb from a previous post:

"Well, I'm about to enter my last week of this internship. It's been a fun ride, despite my days of doubt about whether accounting is a career I can handle. Today, I think I can handle it, but we'll see what I think during my next busy season when I'm working 'real' hours, haha. The best part of this job is definitely the people. Every senior and manager is different to work with, but they were all great. And the staff I worked with were always helpful and great to talk to. I feel like I never had a ton of friends among other accounting majors, so it's a nice surprise to me to suddenly be surrounded by people who are fun to be around and also understand what COGS and EBITDA is if it comes up in conversation."

To read more, go to www.accountingelf.com.

Comments (2)
Hey Kel! Thanks for reading! I'm glad you liked the post. I actually think it's good that your contact info isn't that readily accessible. I would have an email address that isn't attached to your real name for people to get in touch with you. Keep the anonymity - it keeps the writing honest and keeps you safe! Good work!
Posted by Liz G | Friday, March 13 2009 at 8:08AM ET
Well gee whiz! Thank you for the review! I am a little nervous about how "refreshing" you found me in my honesty, as I am somewhat concerned about what a potential employer would think if they could read my words.

I do try to be honest about how I feel about the work though, as my goal is to give other students a real perspective into this crazy world of auditing that isn't just marketing copy developed by recruiters.

And in response to your comment about my contact information being hard to find, I am going to make that easier right away!

Thanks again for the shout out!
Posted by Kel | Thursday, March 12 2009 at 9:17PM ET
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