Sneak Preview into Life After Graduation

Feb 22, 2018

Category: Case Western Reserve University

After being in school for so long, it’s a bit hard to imagine life where we’re no longer taking classes and biding time until break arrives. Despite college often being seen as the transition to independence, it often just removes the parental factor in going to school. My internship experience at Cohen so far has taught me more than just accounting and software use, it has been a preview to how I plan on developing my career and what life will be like after I graduate.

One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed is my responsibility to others. In school, my main responsibility is to myself. My grades and my effort are all put in for my own purpose. Sure we have a degree of responsibility to our professors but at the end of the day you work for the grade you get. At Cohen, your actions are now responsible for your coworkers, your client, and of course, yourself. Cohen does indeed treat its interns like staff, giving them responsibilities that carry weight. Being treated like a professional in a work environment is certainly a breath of fresh air after spending so much time being seen only as a student who has yet to experience the “real-world”. It can also be a lot of pressure at once to bear the weight of this responsibility, but this is where the people offer great support. A company’s culture can only be properly supported by its people and Cohen has certainly developed a friendly and professional environment for its employees. The fact that I can feel this atmosphere as an intern speaks to how welcoming and inclusive the culture is.

I think one of my most memorable moments at the office is running into Randy, the CEO, while walking down the hall. He greeted me as we made eye contact, “Hey Steven.” It had probably been around three months since I last spoke to him face to face at the round robin interviews. I’m not sure there are many companies where you can even run into the CEO just by walking down the hall, let alone have him/her remember the name of an intern. It’s a small gesture, but it speaks greatly to what kind of company Cohen is trying to be.