The biggest regret of my career was not taking the exam…

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  • #181204
    MintsRGood
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    …is what a staff accountant at my husband's office said to me yesterday when I stopped by his office for a quick visit.

    She told me she has a masters degree in accounting but after she graduated she got married, had kids, found a decent job, and just never got back around to perusing her CPA. She continued that not making the time to get her license was something that always eats at her when she thinks about her career. She knows that in her company she will never be promoted or be paid more simply because she isn't a CPA. She is in her mid 40's and has apparently lived with this regret since her 20's.

    I told her that it was never too late to get her license and that with a bachelors and masters degree in accounting, she could sit for the exam immediately pending Michigan board approval. The 150 credit hour rule is a huge barrier to entry that she overcame years ago! She just needed to get a full review course to get up to speed on PCAOB rules, IFRS, and current taxation rules. I told her she could have all of my materials because I certainly won't need them after 11/4! She just smiled and shook her head. She thinks she's too old and rattled off a bunch of lame “I can't” excuses. I told her that there are people her age and older sitting for these exams every day, her company would probably pay for her review materials as they want to promote her but can't without licensing, her kids will be off to college next year, and that it's never too late to try. Again, more excuses. It was very frustrating to see someone bright resigning themselves to mediocrity.

    As sad as that conversation was…it was motivating as hell. I will make the next 15 days of my life the most study intensive days of my life. I know that with hard work and dedication, I can close out my journey and accomplish the largest and most important professional goal of my life. YOU can too!

    Hit it hard today and fearlessly pursue your goals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #460802
    tough_kitty
    Member

    Interesting story and you are so right! She still has time! But as you can see, if she didn't do it then, she will be coming up with similar excuses now…

    My supervisor thinks it's pointless for me to get the CPA license if I decide to stay with the state (yes, he pretty much said it to my face!) but at the same time when other co-worker asked him about it, he said he never tried taking the exam but it would be nice to have those 3 letters after his name! Let me add that my supervisor has no kids and has been employed with the state for the last 15 years…so he had no real excuses not to take it…

    #460907
    tough_kitty
    Member

    Interesting story and you are so right! She still has time! But as you can see, if she didn't do it then, she will be coming up with similar excuses now…

    My supervisor thinks it's pointless for me to get the CPA license if I decide to stay with the state (yes, he pretty much said it to my face!) but at the same time when other co-worker asked him about it, he said he never tried taking the exam but it would be nice to have those 3 letters after his name! Let me add that my supervisor has no kids and has been employed with the state for the last 15 years…so he had no real excuses not to take it…

    #460804
    mla1169
    Participant

    Silly girl, she should know some of the coolest CPA candidates of all time were in their 40's 😉

    #460909
    mla1169
    Participant

    Silly girl, she should know some of the coolest CPA candidates of all time were in their 40's 😉

    #460806
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    @mints

    Yep that is a silly girl:) Some even passed the exam at age 51.

    #460911
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    @mints

    Yep that is a silly girl:) Some even passed the exam at age 51.

    #460808
    jennknee
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing this story! I am still young, but I definitely don't want to regret not taking the CPA exam later.

    I am motivated by this post, I know we can do it at any age! No time for excuses, time for action! 🙂

    AUD - 93
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    FAR - 91
    REG - 91
    CA General License 2019
    #460913
    jennknee
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing this story! I am still young, but I definitely don't want to regret not taking the CPA exam later.

    I am motivated by this post, I know we can do it at any age! No time for excuses, time for action! 🙂

    AUD - 93
    BEC - 92
    FAR - 91
    REG - 91
    CA General License 2019
    #460810
    MintsRGood
    Participant

    @mla1169 and @candothis EXACTLY. This lady has no excuse to pass on her dreams. I took a live review course last fall and one of the ladies in the BEC course was in her 60's! I hate the “I'm too old” BS. Besides, it's not like I'm 21 or anything. I'll be 31 at the end of November. If I'm going to be 30, I might as well be 30 with a license! 😉

    What made me so frustrated was that she already had her 150 hours, which IMHO keeps the vast majority of accountants out of CPA contention. I would be more understanding if this lady would have had to cough up $30k and 2-3 years of her life for a masters program just to sit…but she's already done that!!! Seriously, she should just get a freakin' review course, study her tail off, and check this beast off the bucket list!!!!!

    The cowards never start and the weak die along the way!!!!!! 😉

    #460915
    MintsRGood
    Participant

    @mla1169 and @candothis EXACTLY. This lady has no excuse to pass on her dreams. I took a live review course last fall and one of the ladies in the BEC course was in her 60's! I hate the “I'm too old” BS. Besides, it's not like I'm 21 or anything. I'll be 31 at the end of November. If I'm going to be 30, I might as well be 30 with a license! 😉

    What made me so frustrated was that she already had her 150 hours, which IMHO keeps the vast majority of accountants out of CPA contention. I would be more understanding if this lady would have had to cough up $30k and 2-3 years of her life for a masters program just to sit…but she's already done that!!! Seriously, she should just get a freakin' review course, study her tail off, and check this beast off the bucket list!!!!!

    The cowards never start and the weak die along the way!!!!!! 😉

    #460812
    evesocal
    Member

    Too bad she thinks that way. I took my first exam, BEC at age 56 and the last one, FAR at age 57 and passed. Most of my career is behind me but not all of it! And I am very very happy to have those three letters. It means something in my firm and to my clients. And my children (in their 30s) are proud of me. 🙂

    I used a similar excuse for many years. When I still had kids at home there was that excuse – how could I possibly work, raise a family and also study for the exam? After my kids were grown it was, I work long hours and I'm over 40 (and then 50) and too tired to study.

    But my firm wanted me to get the license and paid part of the cost of the review classes. Once they paid, I felt committed to follow through. It was grueling to prepare and work full time but it's done! And worth it.

    #460917
    evesocal
    Member

    Too bad she thinks that way. I took my first exam, BEC at age 56 and the last one, FAR at age 57 and passed. Most of my career is behind me but not all of it! And I am very very happy to have those three letters. It means something in my firm and to my clients. And my children (in their 30s) are proud of me. 🙂

    I used a similar excuse for many years. When I still had kids at home there was that excuse – how could I possibly work, raise a family and also study for the exam? After my kids were grown it was, I work long hours and I'm over 40 (and then 50) and too tired to study.

    But my firm wanted me to get the license and paid part of the cost of the review classes. Once they paid, I felt committed to follow through. It was grueling to prepare and work full time but it's done! And worth it.

    #460814
    Texas CPA
    Participant

    I wish I was 40 again. 😉

    BTW, tell her it is easier now that it is all computerized……I kid, I kid…..:)

    #460919
    Texas CPA
    Participant

    I wish I was 40 again. 😉

    BTW, tell her it is easier now that it is all computerized……I kid, I kid…..:)

    #460816
    san4596
    Member

    Mint – thanks for the story! People are the worst about getting in their own way. Step up or shut up is what I always say.

    Tough – Your boss sounds like he is one of those bare minimum type of guys. He will do the bare minimum to be somewhat successful, and attempt to keep others from being more sucessfull than him. Especially those below him, since you may be a threat after receiving your CPA.

    #460921
    san4596
    Member

    Mint – thanks for the story! People are the worst about getting in their own way. Step up or shut up is what I always say.

    Tough – Your boss sounds like he is one of those bare minimum type of guys. He will do the bare minimum to be somewhat successful, and attempt to keep others from being more sucessfull than him. Especially those below him, since you may be a threat after receiving your CPA.

    #460818
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    This is great motivation to keep chugging along.. I constantly ask myself “Is this misery even worth it?” But I know that further down the road in my career I don't want to regret not taking it….

    #460923
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    This is great motivation to keep chugging along.. I constantly ask myself “Is this misery even worth it?” But I know that further down the road in my career I don't want to regret not taking it….

    #460820
    acamp
    Participant

    If every mid level, stuck in their job accountant had the motivation to step it out, drop the excuses and nail the exam…we'd all be in a lot of trouble! haha

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    #460925
    acamp
    Participant

    If every mid level, stuck in their job accountant had the motivation to step it out, drop the excuses and nail the exam…we'd all be in a lot of trouble! haha

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    #460822
    MintsRGood
    Participant

    @acamp that is a very fair point! Ha!!!!!!

    #460927
    MintsRGood
    Participant

    @acamp that is a very fair point! Ha!!!!!!

    #460824
    teamorangeman
    Participant

    Age… Why do people always put limitations on age??? Your too young, your too old… in 2005 at the ripe old age of 28 i started college. A lot of my co-workers told me I wouldn't finish and I would give up. I had been with my company almost 10 years at the time and was deeply stuck. (Bills, obligations, lack of work confidence) Not only did I complete college but I took it all the way to a MBA… a 6 year plan completed in 4.5 years (mid 2009). (If you are going to prove someone wrong, do it with a BOOM)

    Then thru marriage, moving and finances I had to put off my CPA for a year or so. Then I started in August of 2010.. Completed it in 2011 (damn you auditing portion.. multiple failures but i pushed thru). Now that would have me at 34 (didn't get my License until I was 35 though)… Now 35 isn't old but I could have done many different things. I too took a live class and I swear there were men and women in their 60s in that room (Either that or there were a bunch of 25 year olds who have seen too much of a wicked tax season)

    Age limitations are the worst excuse! I read how a 6 year old girl ran a half marathon…6 freaking years old!

    To me, most people who make excuses like this are too afraid of a little hard work or failure so instead of being honest they come up with 100 excuses… Just do it!

    #460929
    teamorangeman
    Participant

    Age… Why do people always put limitations on age??? Your too young, your too old… in 2005 at the ripe old age of 28 i started college. A lot of my co-workers told me I wouldn't finish and I would give up. I had been with my company almost 10 years at the time and was deeply stuck. (Bills, obligations, lack of work confidence) Not only did I complete college but I took it all the way to a MBA… a 6 year plan completed in 4.5 years (mid 2009). (If you are going to prove someone wrong, do it with a BOOM)

    Then thru marriage, moving and finances I had to put off my CPA for a year or so. Then I started in August of 2010.. Completed it in 2011 (damn you auditing portion.. multiple failures but i pushed thru). Now that would have me at 34 (didn't get my License until I was 35 though)… Now 35 isn't old but I could have done many different things. I too took a live class and I swear there were men and women in their 60s in that room (Either that or there were a bunch of 25 year olds who have seen too much of a wicked tax season)

    Age limitations are the worst excuse! I read how a 6 year old girl ran a half marathon…6 freaking years old!

    To me, most people who make excuses like this are too afraid of a little hard work or failure so instead of being honest they come up with 100 excuses… Just do it!

    #460826
    islagirl
    Member

    Limitations and narrow mindedness!!! I'll be 50 in 3 months, and am finishing up my CPA exams. It's been very hard, but it's what has to be done for me to keep moving forward and upward. And more importantly, I want the accomplishment!!! I simply procrastinated, and next thing I know I'm middle age, LOL. I'm not in public practice…likely won't ever be. There are myriad reasons for wanting it – competiveness and marketability come to mind, but age shouldn't be a reason to not do this.

    B – 83

    A – 73, 74, retake Thanksgiving

    R – 74, waiting on retake results

    F – 77

    #460931
    islagirl
    Member

    Limitations and narrow mindedness!!! I'll be 50 in 3 months, and am finishing up my CPA exams. It's been very hard, but it's what has to be done for me to keep moving forward and upward. And more importantly, I want the accomplishment!!! I simply procrastinated, and next thing I know I'm middle age, LOL. I'm not in public practice…likely won't ever be. There are myriad reasons for wanting it – competiveness and marketability come to mind, but age shouldn't be a reason to not do this.

    B – 83

    A – 73, 74, retake Thanksgiving

    R – 74, waiting on retake results

    F – 77

    #2954393
    thunderlips
    Participant

    agreed. its never too late to take this exam and be a cpa. if it bothers you find the time and take it – the sooner the better, but never too late!

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