Meet Tony Bartolomucci, StudentCPT alumnus and FSO assurance staff member at Ernst & Young (EY). In May of 2019, Tony graduated from Ohio University where he served as StudentCPT chapter president. He attended the 2018 StudentCPT Leadership Conference (SLC) in Orlando, FL, led his chapter to Golden Star status, and helped create a winning video for the 2019 Ethics in Action Video Competition. This bright young professional is no stranger to hard work! He also started two companies, I&T Landscaping Inc. and OGLegends Clothing Co., before the age of 22! Learn more about Tony’s time with his StudentCPT chapter, advice he has for current students, what it’s like to be in the corporate world, and much more.
What are some of your day-to-day responsibilities as an FSO assurance staff member?
My day-to-day responsibilities include ongoing collaboration with the client and my team regarding issues or questions we come across during the audit. Right now, I am doing a lot of walkthroughs with the client to gauge the reliability of their accounting systems and internal control. This process includes reviewing and marking many workpapers to identify areas of risk and preparing tactical questions for our meetings with the client.
What is your favorite memory while serving as StudentCPT chapter president?
My favorite memory as StudentCPT chapter president was our involvement in the Ethics in Action Video Competition this past year. We had a great group of people who came together and created a video that demonstrated the importance of ethics in day-to-day activities, and how certain actions can impact those around you. It was so much fun planning and making the video with such an animated group of people. Also, I really enjoyed participating in the community service events each year and providing support within the community. It’s a great way to give back and meet people who I may not have connected with otherwise.
How did the StudentCPT help prepare you for your current position?
The StudentCPT prepared me for my current role in several ways. First, the networking experience gained at the SLC was exceptional. I have connections all across the globe now because of the people I met there and can apply this experience for the rest of my life. Next, the StudentCPT helped me understand the importance of ethics in the workplace, and how to effectively identify and respond to difficult ethical dilemmas. Finally, the StudentCPT was one of the biggest points I talked about in each of my interviews and is something that set me apart from my peers. Being a part of this wonderful organization has set me up for success entering the professional workplace and beyond.
If you could go back and share a piece of advice with your 18-year-old self, what would that be?
I would tell my 18-year-old self to go out of the way to meet new people, try new things, and consistently work to be outside of my comfort zone. I would also share this advice with any student who is currently in college or about to embark on the journey. If you set this as a goal for yourself and maintain it, I can guarantee the results will positively impact you for the rest of your life.
Describe your transition from the college campus to the corporate world.
The transition from college to the corporate world was surprisingly smooth for me. I’m the kind of person who needs to be busy in order to be happy, so having a consistent schedule and workload has worked out quite well. It’s a completely different change of pace from college, but it’s been a nice challenge adapting and adjusting to these differences. The only thing I have found difficult is balancing my at-home schedule to include routine exercise, but I am working to improve that deficiency!
Ashley Metivier, Student Programs Manager