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Was it worth getting the CPA?

Was it worth getting the CPA? 

If you want to stay in accounting, or even go into finance for that matter (after a stint in accounting), get the CPA. If anything, it's a must-have to be considered for hire in most places. Many companies tell the recruiters that it's a pre-requisite. 

At the same time, I've seen people in private move up the corporate ladder without their CPA - but these are the exceptions, they were really smart and could pick up accounting concepts pretty immediately. So am I glad I have it? Well, I guess because I haven't done a 180 career path wise, yes

So for those of you out there looking to leave public, get your CPA. If you can't, there's still companies willing to overlook based on your experience, but if you do, it's a pre-requisite you've met, meaning there's more opportunities. It's a hot market right now.

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Anonymous said…
Hey, I really enjoyed reading your blog because you share insights that wouldn't otherwise be shared at the work place. I definitely intend on taking/passing the CPA because I think that's pretty important to have as an accountant. Hope your summer has been well
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Jordan said…
Great points here. It's important to think about whether getting that CPA is worth it or not. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!
bryan flake said…
If I understand the crux of your article, it is wise to get your CPA if you want to do anything in public sector accounting? It is logical that if you are just working for your own operation, that you may not need to have the most strict sense of academic credentials in order to perform business services.
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Bryan Kesler said…
Great post! As someone who has switched from public to private and back to public, companies look for three things when hiring potential job candidates.

1) Experience 2) GPA and 3) Do you have a CPA

If you have a CPA it can really make up for a lower GPA and even some experience. Bottom line, if you are looking to skyrocket your career, get your CPA.
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