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Meet Gabby: Beech Valley External Audit Consultant

By Brad Hughes

  • April 26, 2022
  • 2 min. read

Consultant: Gabby

Expertise: Big 4 External Audit

Life stage: Young Professional Mom

Beech Valley Outcome: Flexibility and Career Progression

How long have you been working with Beech Valley?

I worked with Beech Valley between 2021 and 2022.

How many projects did you take on?

I took on a single project with BDO, a large and very well-known Top 10 accounting firm.

Do you still work with that company?

The company extended me an offer of full-time employment after I completed my project work there.

What motivated you to take the leap from full-time to freelancing?

Before I had my daughter in 2018, I had honestly sworn off accounting. I didn’t think the industry would be very supportive of the lifestyle wanted as a mother.

When I got a call from a public accounting firm via a manager I had worked with previously, I was hesitant but they promised me flexibility. But the flexible arrangement we set up didn’t quite work – for either the firm or for me. Our expectations weren’t aligned.

From there, I went on to a different firm – but felt boxed in. I didn’t get growth opportunities and wanted to move into a supervisory role. After two years, I didn’t see the progress and decided to move on.

I got an email from Beech Valley – one of many I had received after applying to join their “A-List” – and decided it was the right time to explore flexible roles where I could work on my own terms.

The opportunity I got in my in-box – to oversee an audit team – was a great fit with my goals, and the compensation was honestly amazing.

It was a no-brainer to accept.

How did Beech Valley influence your career and life path?

If I had stuck to the traditional accounting trajectory I thought that I was tied to, I would have left accounting.

Now, I am at a top 10 firm, able to work remotely with my husband’s travel since he is in the military – and I have proven to myself and my employers that I can manage work/life balance.

I get to be there for my family, excel at work, and receive better compensation. Beech Valley helped make this happen.

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