"I have spent a few years in corporate and graduated from college 5 years ago. I have passed the FAR section of the CPA exam so far. My question is, what are the chances of me at 30 years old, getting into public accounting? I don't expect to get into the Big4 unless I was a recent graduate but will the public firms still look at my GPA?
This got me thinking about age. At 30, do you really want to get a job where you're going to be taking instructions from 23-29 year olds for your first five years? Can you deal with a busy season where you're going to be the one taking food orders every day? Recent college grads telling you to make copies for them? Easier said than done, no? If i was hiring for the big 4, i'd honestly shy away from people above a certain age for their sake. Don't get me wrong, age discrimination is illegal, and firms do hire older people at times, but I wouldn't recommend it. You might not fit in culture wise also since many of the activities and conversations will be dominated by the recent grad crowd. If I had to have a cutoff age for people joining as an entry-level auditor, i'd say 27-28.
So can you get hired as an entry level staff? Yes. Are they high? No. Will the firms look at your GPA? They will, as a cutoff for you getting an interview. Your work experience isn't as important because auditing is best learned on the job. Your best best would be through referrals, and passing your CPA. You'd want to prep a good answers for one question at the interview -Why now?