Jessica Saugstad

Jessica Saugstad

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Principal
Audit
University of California, Santa Barbara

"Someone recently asked me if I loved my job. I replied, yes, I love my job. I actually really do.”

“I was lucky to graduate from college when the economy was strong, and there were great opportunities for college graduates with degrees in accounting. I took the traditional path, interviewed with all of the Big 4 firms and had multiple offers. I began my career in audit at Deloitte, I learned a ton and progressed quickly. But one ingredient was clearly missing. Flexibility and more balance in my life. My job required significant travel and the commute to the office or my clients’ was all too consuming. I never considered a firm the size of HCVT, but was intrigued, so when the opportunity was presented to interview with a firm close to where I live, and the ability to serve clients in my community, I jumped at the chance. I have never looked back, and it was the best career decision I have ever made. What has surprised me the most about working at HCVT is that the fact that my thoughts and opinions about developing new processes, addressing technical issues and training on best practices are valued. To know that my input makes an impact on the organization is very rewarding. But then again, it is the culture at HCVT that values collaboration, where team members feel empowered and supported. Someone recently asked me if I loved my job. I replied, yes, I love my job. I actually really do.”  

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