A John Legend concert, the rodeo, and my first experience at an NBA game – these represent just a few of the highlights that I’ve been able to take in since arriving in Houston. While these are some of the highlights, I’ve also managed to meet some incredible people, learn some valuable new skills, and work on a number of different clients for half a dozen different managers. I’ve been able to experience a completely new industry and have worked on new audit areas that I wouldn’t traditionally face back home. It has been a very challenging and rewarding experience so far, and I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.
Subsequent to the initial blog post, busy season set in – the hours were long and the work was challenging but I found myself happy to be surrounded by extremely dedicated, intelligent, and fun people. The same adage that applies back home was applicable here: enjoying the company of your team members can make the longer hours feel short. Since filing on my main audit client, I’ve been able to see more of the city and experience life in Houston outside of the audit room: I’ve been to the massive luxury mall called The Galleria, spent an afternoon at the Museum of Natural Science, and managed to eat at some fantastic restaurants across the city. Best of all, as a thank you for the team’s hard work, the Partner on my main client took us all to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – basically the Calgary Stampede on steroids – for an evening of great food, rodeo, and a John Legend concert It was a wonderful gesture and a lot of fun.
Houston has been an eye-opening and rewarding experience. I’ve made some great friends, developed professionally and personally, and have been lucky enough to experience a lot of what Houston has to offer. There are only a few weeks left in my time down here, but I’m sure I’ll have plenty of new experiences and meet some more great people before heading home!
- Ian Jennings