A Day in the Life at Calibre CPA Group-
Reina Canales, Training & Development Coordinator
What is your title? Describe what you do.
I am the Training and Development Coordinator at Calibre.
I help schedule and lead firm wide employee training and development. Accountable for CPE Compliance and CPA Education requirements in partnership with NASBA and other related bodies. As part of the HR department, I also collaborate with recruiting efforts, intern and extern programs and the social committee.
Why did you get into the accounting/audit industry?
I am a lifelong learner and always want to challenge myself and grow professionally. This is my second career outside of teaching. The most important thing for me in my career has always been working with others, supporting people’s learning and growth, and trying to implement change. Before teaching, for roughly five years I worked in an accounting and HR department, where I was able to work for and make a small difference in many people’s day to day life at work. I feel fortunate to be at Calibre, where I continue to grow and share my creative and diverse perspective and experiences.
What are three things you do every day? Do you have any morning “rituals”?
My morning ritual is starting my car ride with upbeat Spanish music to get me ready for the day, while trying my best to avoid the chaos that is the beltway.
Three things I do every day are check my emails, go on walks to get fresh air and move, and eat dinner and relax in the evenings with my fiancé.
What are the most challenging and rewarding parts of your job?
The most challenging part of my job can be finding a middle ground on different projects with different viewpoints and opinions, but it is also one of the most essential, and rewarding parts of my job. To truly listen and understand. To find positive solutions.
What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a role like yours? Are there specific character traits or skills/certifications they should possess?
Personally, as someone who changed fields of work, I would say to always stay true to who you are, share your story and your truth. Remember that only you can determine your limits, so keep growing and learning. Specific character traits I think anyone should want to possess are humbleness, patience, and understanding. Socrates once said, “I am the wisest man, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” I hold these words to be true in life always because, if you humble yourself, if you can admit that there is always something you can learn from anyone you meet and have the patience to learn it and help others grow, there is nothing you cannot accomplish. And finally, being understanding and conscious that we all come from different walks of life and have different experiences that make us who we are will always help in being a more gracious person, who is willing to listen and learn from others.
What makes Calibre CPA Group different than your previous workplaces? What do you like best about Calibre?
What makes Calibre different than some of my previous workplaces are the people. I have felt very welcomed and safe with the peers I have made, that I now consider friends! What I like best about Calibre is the diverse culture of people lifting and encouraging each other to continue growing and finding positivity in each day.