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The payoff of hard work and an open mind

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by System

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA senior content manager

Whether you have your career trajectory mapped out or you don’t even have a five-year plan, staying open to unexpected possibilities will help keep your work-life exciting and challenging.

“I don’t know that I always aspired to be the managing director,” said OSCPA member Darci Congrove, CPA. “It turned out that my experiences from the firms I had worked for before led me down a path that when I got to GBQ made it a good fit for me.”

Congrove has worked at GBQ for more than 20 years and became managing partner in 2010. She started at GBQ when the firm was still growing in Columbus and was able to take on a wide variety of responsibilities, some expected, others not. Years later, this knowledge helped prepare her for the managing partner role.

She credits staying open to new growth opportunities, like public speaking, to helping her gain skills she wouldn’t otherwise have had. She said people knowingly work toward many of the things they want in life, but other things emerge out of the blue, from a random encounter or from someone who wants to help. Whatever the circumstances, these opportunities are worth considering, even if they don’t fit into the career plan you had for yourself.

So, stay open to new experiences! You could end up loving it, or you might find an even better opportunity in the future because of it.

Consider the new opportunities you could find by attending the Women, Wealth & Wellness Conference on June 27 in Columbus. Hear from Congrove and other successful business leaders on pay equity, growing your network, becoming a next-level leader and more.


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