By Jessica Salerno-Shumaker, OSCPA senior content manager
Amy Vetter, CPA, says she never expected her career to turn out the way it has but credits her success to hard work and adaptability.
“It's about understanding what you are good at and keeping your eyes open to little pivots that you can make in your career,” Vetter said. “You find your lane of what really fits for you. And the one thing that's very gratifying about this profession is there are so many different routes you can go.”
Vetter, who serves on the OSCPA Board of Directors, was named to the AICPA and CPA Practice Advisor “Most Powerful Women in Accounting” list, an award she’s received multiple times. She is the CEO of The B3 Method Institute and owner of Drishtiq Yoga Studio, and while she said the word ‘powerful’ can be a “slippery slope,” to her it means having a positive influence on the community and profession and working with others to create meaningful change.
She said collaboration with others has been “hugely important” in her career and that maintaining strong relationships and looking for ways to help others is key.
“It is really important to keep up those relationships and check in with people,” she said. “And as you're doing new things, reach out to people you’ve worked with in the past and see how you can help them. It's never a one-way street.”
One of the most impactful lessons she said she’s learned in her career is the value of being open to opportunity. There have been many times where she didn’t feel ready for a new role or responsibility but took the chance to learn and grow in a new capacity.
Vetter said professionals shouldn’t be deterred if they come across obstacles or don’t know how to do something, and instead commit themselves to learning and strengthening new skills.
“My biggest piece of advice is not to let opportunities go by,” she said. “If there's an opportunity that seems exciting to you, then you take it. And you learn and do everything you can in that role. Ask people questions, find mentors, and find people that can help you be successful.”