By Jessica Salerno-Shumaker, OSCPA senior content manager
For one CPA ahead of Father’s Day, the accounting profession has allowed him to work in a career he loves while also being a present parent.“I can provide my daughter all the opportunities that I would want,” said Rob Roll, CPA, tax manager at GBQ. “She's really been an extra motivator for me at my work. Because it just gives me a constant reminder on why I'm here doing what I do so that I can provide for her.”
His wife gave birth in April of 2020, and he said the timing worked out well in that everyone was working from home so he could take breaks to spend more time with his wife and newborn daughter than he would have going into the office every day.
Roll said when choosing to study accounting in college, he did not consider what it would be like to work in the profession and have a family. He said working at GBQ has made a difference in how he saw colleagues who were also parents handle their family life.
“I’m fortunate to have a lot of good role models at GBQ,” he said. “And I saw that a lot of our upper management have kids and are able to be successful parents and successful in their careers.”
The flexibility GBQ offers has been crucial, Roll said, as he can take the time away when his daughter needs to be home from daycare or other situations pop up. He said the support he receives from colleagues on spending time with family has been “phenomenal.”
Roll acknowledged that the profession is becoming more supportive of parents spending time with their children, especially men. He said decades ago that might not have been the case or as widely accepted as it is today.
“This isn’t something we can take for granted with regard to the flexibility and encouragement we’ve received and moving away from historically stereotypical roles that dads play in the lives of their kids,” Roll said. “Progress is good, but I think we need to keep the pedal to the metal and keep pushing that ball down on the field.”
For those in the accounting profession that are considering starting a family, Roll said communication will play an important role both professionally and personally.
“If you choose to have kids, I think the key is communication with your partner,” Roll said. “As well as with the folks that you work with. Make the commitments you feel you can, and stick to those commitments, whether it be home life or work life.”