Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the oh so [in]frequently updated Julian’s Delusional World blog. Over the past year, I have been witness to various events, some of which I have shared with you, some of which I haven’t, and some of which I will probably forget to mention. =) Today, we shall recap my ’09 year.
JANUARY – MAY:
For my friends who know a little something about the Big 4 firms, in which I work for one of the four largest international accountancy and professional services firms, I was immersed into the lovely time of year called “busy season”. A time of 60-70 hour work weeks, late nights, and a keen addiction to caffeine.
In June, I continued to study for my last CPA exam, Regulation. I took my exam in July and found out I passed my exam in August! Now I am in the midst of doing all the paperwork to get my CPA license. Also during this time, I continued to work on a variety of audit clients ranging from technology to consumer products. In addition, in June, I participated in my frm’s internationally recognized Impact Day–to make an impact on the communities where they work and live. This year the people of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu firms around the world shut off their computers, email, and phones to provide skills-based volunteering and a helping hand to hundreds of not-for-profit organizations as part of IMPACT Day. Deloitte member firm professionals use this day to support not-for-profits in activities where they share their knowledge and expertise such as strategic business planning and helping teachers in schools, as well as painting buildings and beautifying parks and gardens. About 50,000 Deloitte people across 60 countries contributed their time and skills throughout the year to serve their communities. This year, I helped paint a mural at a local elementary school and helped setup computers in the school’s newly donated computer lab. It was fun having paint brush sword fights with the kids.
On September 9th, I celebrated my 23rd birthday. My girlfriend took me out for a nice birthday dinner at a sushi restaurant. Yum! Even my colleagues and boss celebrated my birthday by bringing in cookies, cake, and taking me out to lunch which was extremely nice. Also, on September 15th, I celebrated my one year anniversary with my company, Deloitte & Touche LLP. I am now a second year. Woot! Looking back, I have learned more than I could ever imagine and have been given so many opportunities and unique experiences, as well as made some great friends. There is definitely a huge gap in what I know today compared to the day I graduated college.
Starting in October, I was given the opportunity to work on a new life sciences client in which I put in some fairly long hours through December. It was quite an experience in which I learned a great deal about the industry and really enjoyed working with everyone.
In an effort to not repeat my last year shopping experience, I began my holiday shopping much earlier in the month rather than the week of, or a few days before Christmas day. I finished all my shopping by December 22nd–a new record! Now I have a few days off to relax and enjoy life. It is definitely my favorite time of the year and the perfect opportunity to wind down and catch up with friends and family. I also went ice skating for the first time in my life at the Irvine Spectrum. It was pretty hilarious hearing the sound of kids falling hard on their tookus.
Anyways, that about wraps up my year. December is nearly at an end and as we prepare for the Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, and New Years, I would like to wish a Happy Holidays from my family to yours.
Here’s looking forward to Twenty-Ten!