I think of success as a simple pyramid which foundation is founded upon one’s motivation. I truly believe that any one of us can obtain the same amount of success if we have the motivation to do so, but success is abstract. It isn’t the same for everyone. It all depends on the underlying motivation that inspires us to become the best version of ourselves. One can be successful in creating a happy family, while the other can be the CEO of Google. We define our success and choose our career paths and are successful in our own beautiful ways. Personally, I am highly motivated to get to a point in my life where I can truly make a difference. Somewhere, where my voice can not only be heard but can also make a change. This path leads me to the next step in my pyramid of success which is work. The amount of work I put into something depends on my motivation to succeed in that area of my life. Therefore the last step in the pyramid is my desired level of success or my ultimate goal in life. The level of success only depends on the
amount of work put towards my goal, and the amount of work I put into something depends on my motivation. This internship has proven to me that my underlying desire for success is backed with a valid underlying motivation. All of the hard work I have put into school and my previous jobs have led me to this moment. An internship at a big four accounting firm, and a full-time job offer from this multinational company. During my two-month internship, I have gained an enormous amount of experience and knowledge. I have learned invaluable skills and lessons on my engagement teams while networking with successful professionals, and working with world-known clients around the world. I have improved my understanding of audit work, and have revisited important concepts learned in class. I got the confidence to perform research and use my knowledge to contribute to the engagement team. I learned to always ask questions starting with “why”, before the ones starting with “how,” as they are the ones that will benefit me in the long run. I learned to effectively network and communicate my passions to my colleagues and supervisors because they can only help me achieve those if I am vocal about them. I finally understood that they are there to support me and help me achieve those wishes and passions, because only then can I be the most productive asset to them and the firm. Following this experience, I feel confident, motivated, and ready to continue working hard, and look forward to starting my full-time career at EY, where I know I will be able to constantly learn and grow, and achieve these extraordinary goals I have set for myself.