TROY, Mich., May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Rehmann CEO Randy Rupp celebrates 35 years with the financial services firm this month. It's a journey that began when he started as an intern at the firm in 1981. Reflecting on his accomplishments, Rupp shares suggestions for today's interns and young professionals.
Believe in yourself … and in change
His first piece of advice: when someone tells you "You can do anything you set your mind to," believe it. Foster these three characteristics: 1) A willingness to learn, 2) a "can-do" mentality and 3) an acceptance of change. "If I could advise students of anything, it would be that you really have to capitalize on change," said Rupp. Although it may be absolutely terrifying, do not fear the unknown. "Change is becoming normal. Don't become delayed or frustrated by it — plan for it, capitalize on it and accept it."
Reverse engineer successful colleagues
Try to identify the elements of successful firm leaders so that you can emulate them. "It's rare to find a person unwilling to talk about their climb to the top," Rupp said. But rather than simply emulating influential people, you must also integrate those habits into your lifestyle. "Someone who's achieved success can probably tell you something about how to get there. Learning from them is good, but adding your own twist will help you plot a course of action for your own career."
Look for extra leg room
Finally, Rupp suggests students and young professionals look for internships or full-time positions that offer multiple paths. "You really want some leg room, professionally speaking," Rupp said. "Some studies suggest young professionals will change jobs four times before they reach 32 years of age. It's not surprising: there are many exciting fields out there." As an intern, Rupp had the opportunity to work in audit and tax, and was consistently included in client meetings and presentations. The variation prevented him from feeling stagnant. "Variety is the spice of life," he said. "But no one ever said that variety couldn't come from within the same firm."
Rupp has proven that mentorship and professional development produces successful leaders. Rupp continues to foster these principles by offering opportunities that not only promote the growth and success of interns, but of Rehmann employees. "Putting people first is a top priority at Rehmann," Rupp said. "That requires a culture that nurtures our associates so they can achieve their best selves."
Rehmann is always recruiting innovative and passionate individuals to join its team. Visit Rehmann.com/careers to view career opportunities.
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has nearly 800 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.
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