Meet Jenna Dougherty
Name & Age: Jenna Dougherty, 24
Current job and location: Audit Associate, KPMG LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Number of years with the firm: 1 year
Hometown: Moorestown, NJ
College/Major: William and Mary/Accounting Major with a Concentration in Finance
Briefly describe what is your current role at the firm?
I am currently an audit associate who works within the consumer market industry. My primary focus in this industry is working with professional staffing companies traded on the stock market. Within my role, I help manage and complete team responsibilities and tasks; these can vary on a day-to-day basis from control and revenue testing to risk assessment and planning meetings.
What one personal quality helps you most in your auditing career and why?
One personal quality that has helped me with my career is being assertive. As an auditor, it is important to be confident in yourself when you are speaking to the company executives. You gain confidence by being a good listener first, analyzing and understanding the situation, and then being able to provide steps needed to reach the desired outcomes and solutions. I have had difficult conversations with company executives, but being assertive has helped me facilitate these conversations. Additionally, I have benefited from being assertive by suggesting new ideas, and adding value to my team.
What experience as an undergraduate student provided you with the best preparation for your job and why?
By far, the best experience that I had as an undergraduate that prepared me for my job was being a member of the William and Mary lacrosse team where the weekly time commitment was 30+ hours. Not only did it provide me with unparalleled experiences working in a team environment, but it also challenged my ability to prioritize and taught me the value of hard work. I work with a team on a daily basis and it is crucial to understand how to work effectively and efficiently within a team environment. Additionally, by nature of the job, my list of things to get done can at times seem endless. It has been very important for me to prioritize what needs to get done and to manage my time. Because I spent so many hours on the lacrosse field, it taught me how to prioritize my workload in college. Lastly, hard work is not a quality that all people possess, but it is a quality that can set you apart from others. Lacrosse showed me the value of hard work and how to persevere even when faced with continuous obstacles and challenges.
What advice, personal or professional, do you have for students considering a career in auditing?
My personal advice would be to always have a positive attitude, because positivity makes everything better! My professional advice would be to partake in classes or extracurricular activities where you work with others, so that you can continue to build your skillsets on how to be a leader of a team and how to be a member of a team.
What has been the best part of your job and why?
The best part of my job has been the people that I work with. I have made many friendships from work, broadened my network, and have really gotten to enjoy working with those around me!