how many here are "older" candidates?
February 16, 2017 at 9:24 pm #1479730
I am a “late bloomer” I guess you could say.
I went to college straight out of high school, had some life events happen, dropped out of college, went back to school at age 31, graduated with Associate's degree at 32, graduated with Bachelor's degree at age 34. Got a job at a CPA firm a few months before I graduated, moved to industry at age 36, moved back to CPA firm at age 43. Started sitting for my CPA at age 45.
anyone else in a similar situation?February 16, 2017 at 9:45 pm #1479744
I recently posted on another thread that I am mid 50s and just sat for and passed the CPA exam. Felt it was necessary given changes in the job market. Licensed last month. I have always been in industry, never desired public. So maybe 50 is the new 25.February 16, 2017 at 10:16 pm #1479765
I went to college back and forth before graduating at 28. I'm turning 33 and still haven't passed the CPA. When they say “it's never too late” they mean much older than you.February 16, 2017 at 10:27 pm #1479771
im 27February 16, 2017 at 11:12 pm #1479784
im in nearly the same boat as rlarrive01. I graduated HS in 2001 and took a few years off from school before starting to get my AA degree, then my BS degree. I finished with my BS in Accounting December 2012 at at 29. I wish I would have gotten serious about passing the CPA exam before we had kids, but my wife was starting her own law firm and to be honest I thought I was busy back then… I was wrong. I am busy now though, and extra busy because of this exam. Anyhow, I am coming up on 34 in June, so I am hopeful that I can finish these exams in 2017.February 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm #1479829
I just turned 37. I graduated in 2001 with a BA in psychology. After deciding not to go to graduate school (mostly because I would not have gotten into a decent PhD program with my mediocre gpa), I stayed at a decently paying, but soul-sucking job that had nothing to do with my studies. I went back to school in 2011 to get a BS in accounting and finished in 2013. It took a while to find an accounting job without experience, but finally did in 2015. Now, I'm working at the CPA and hoping it will help advance my career further.
It's still a little depressing knowing how far behind I am at 37.February 17, 2017 at 1:47 am #1479904
The average age for sitting in CPA exams is 29 or 30. So 30s are not far behind. I am in my 40s. As long as I stay in private industry, I should be fine. But my problem is that I want to get into public accounting. I went back to school and joined BAP. I will try hard. If I don't get any offer while I am in school, I may need to stay in private and find something else.
livealittle, good to see that we are almost the same age. How could you move back to CPA firm?February 17, 2017 at 3:25 am #1479912
I am 41 this year. I graduated in the Class of Y2K with my first bachelor's degree (in Chemistry). My second was finished December 2014. I did school part-time for 4 years (2010-2014) while working. My career path is internal audit. Luckily I was never the oldest one in any of my accounting/business classes. There were others older than me. Evening classes are that way –
they bring in an interesting crowd of people, not just the 18-22 year olds that are found in daytime university classes. I did a number of courses online too, out of necessity, because my work schedule didn't always allow for certain classes that were not offered anytime except during the day. The nice thing about accounting/audit/tax is that you can *always* learn more. I almost feel like I don't know anything sometimes! haha I had a temp job (and btw, I HATED being called “a temp”, such an insult) last year that lasted 9 months and the KPMG auditors were there for a few of those 9 months. I saw a lot of what they did, although I didn't interact with them. I kinda came to the conclusion that staying in private was going to be good for me because I saw how intense the audit was. Ighhh! Some of the audit team looked like they had just finished high school – although I'm sure they were all at least 23-24 – I felt SO fricking old looking at them, even though I can pass for 29 or 30 on a good day LOL. Anyhoo, I don't think it really matters what age you are when you go for the CPA. If you want it, just go after it, even if you don't necessarily need it for a job.February 17, 2017 at 6:03 am #1479922
Almost same boat I will be 45 in a few months (and hopefully will have passed this thing by then). Went to college right out of high school and partied way too hard 🙂 graduated with a mediocre liberal arts degree and somehow managed to actually get a job and grow up along the way. Realized a few years ago that I was really unhappy in my job (portfolio management) and what I really loved was taxes- doing them, reading about them, thinking of ways to reduce them etc… so after talking things through with my husband and our accountant who had also been an “older student” I started looking into going back to school and finally graduated last year with my MACCY. I was surprised that I was neither the oldest nor the youngest in my program. I was also surprised at how much more focused / what a better student I was when I was paying the bills and studying something I actually liked :-).February 17, 2017 at 7:52 am #1479942
It's good to see others in a similar situation. I'm 35 and graduated in 2004 with a double major in Finance and Sports Mgmt. Like many people in their early 20's, I didn't really know what I wanted to do with my life and was still enjoying being young. In 2008 I changed courses completely and got into a construction union. After 6 years of hard manual labor, I knew my body wouldn't hold up doing that kind of work for the next 30 years so I went back to school and got the required accounting credits to get my license. It's been a long 2.5 years of going back to school and studying for the exams. Can't wait for the day it'll all be over!
@mckan514w- Have you taken FAR yet? Good luck if you haven't! Hopefully we'll be done together!!February 17, 2017 at 8:06 am #1479951
LOL no RE2PECT! I actually pushed it back yet again– I just want to make damn sure I pass this thing this time…. Am sitting on the 9th so it doesn't look like I will be in your score release 🙁 But will def. be watching out for you- you have this!!!!!!February 17, 2017 at 8:16 am #1479970
I was hoping we'd be in the same score release 🙁
Take as long as you need if that's what it takes! We've suffered long enough so a little more won't kill you lol. I find myself just trying to retain everything instead of learning anything new. I've basically been reviewing for the past 2 months, but I feel much more comfortable with the material than my first attempt. Hopefully the sims won't get me this time!February 17, 2017 at 8:23 am #1479972
Ultrarunner, you are doing what you should be doing. I'm 44 and have a start date with a top 10 firm. I joined BAP and built a strong resume. They want that mix of working, volunteering, and strong academic history. It was a grueling two years finishing my degree but it was absolutely worth it. I really wanted to go into public accounting versus industry.
I wasn't the oldest in my classes either though I would say I was close to the oldest. There were only a couple of older ladies. I was in a traditional, top rated school though so it was definitely more young students fresh out of high school than us non traditional folks returning to finish our degrees or second degrees after life paths took us to new places. I was prior military, left to raise a family while my husband stayed in the military, and I had been working on my degree at all our different duty stations until finally being able to finish as our last child graduates high school.February 17, 2017 at 8:27 am #1479979
🙁 I was hoping to be in that score release as well- but I ended up buying new study material for FAR and just got to review phase so felt like i was going to be pushing it with my second original sit date. I just can not study for this thing again- I don't know why FAR is proving to be so hard for me, but I am slowly realizing why I have failed twice and am beginning to feel comfortable….
You totally have this! Remember key to REG is in the details so read every explanation on the MCQ answers! I found a lot of my SIMS came from there… I have every finger crossed for you. God I just want us all to be done!!!February 17, 2017 at 9:00 am #1480000
graduated with a degree in econ in 1990
went right into industry at a fortune 5 company as an accountant
got married and moved in 1994
1995 got job in industry as manager on the road
1996 promoted to financial manager
2001 laid off – opened my own business in a completely unrelated industry
2014 realized that my industry was really never going to recover from 2008 and started studying for the CPA
2015 got my license – tried finding work in a CPA firm as entry level – no one wanted to even talk to me
2017 gave up looking for CPA firm work and accepted position as controller in a small international firm
I turn 50 this year. You can do it!February 17, 2017 at 9:15 am #1480044
I turned 43 yesterday – started my CPA journey last year and began MBA program as well. I believe that my age shouldn't hold me back from anything but open doors to more companies looking for experience, maturity and even longevity within the company (no job hopper). It easy to blame that I can't pass a section due to my age but I have seen many people around my age pass and it always comes down to making the time and commitment to studying.
Good to see that I'm not alone and not the “Oldest Chick at the Bar in the Corner” feel (always creepy btw)February 17, 2017 at 9:23 am #1480048
I believe this thread about older candidates belonngs in the Another 71 hall of fame, but answers your question…..February 17, 2017 at 9:29 am #1480057
I'm 35. Graduated in 2000 and took a semester off. Failed out in about 2 semesters and took a couple years off. I went back in 04 to get an AA degree. It eventually got me a job in a small CPA firm. I finished up a 4 yr degree and got the extra credits to sit while I was working and gaining experience. It just never paid enough to actually buy materials. My girlfriend accepted a job near her home town, so we ended up relocating. I took a controller position at a mid sized company. The pay is better and I don't have a busy season, which is why I'm finally trying to get this thing out of the way. I'm currently waiting on my first score, and I'm nervous as hell. Its definitely nice to see so many “older” candidates on here. I don't feel so alone.February 17, 2017 at 9:40 am #1480072
@Pokey, I think you are dead-on. I had a job offer in public (boutique firm specializing in servicing Private equity) before I graduated, I went back for another degree to make a career change at 42. Older candidates may need to be a little more selective about the firms they target, but the things you mentioned (emotional maturity, professionalism, general grown-up-ness) were always talking points when I interviewed. The initiative shown by continuing to educate (either through school
or pursuing the CPA) has been a desired characteristic in new hires at the firms and companies where I have worked as an accountant.
I knew Big 4 was an unrealistic goal, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of opportunities I have had after making the leap to accounting and finance.February 17, 2017 at 10:02 am #1480104
I'm 31, not quite knocking on the door of retirement, but since most candidates are in their early and mid 20's, I guess I qualify for this thread. I went to a party school 03-07 and graduated w/ a major in some bs. After temping for a year because of my mediocre GPA, my major, and the economy, I decided I needed a more focused route and made the mistake of pursuing Accounting (kind of just kidding, maybe) getting my post-bacc certificate (09-11). Sat for auditing 3 times from in Dec 12 – Aug 13, then started back up and finally passed Auditing in Nov 15, now over 4 years later I am only halfway done. I wouldn't call Accounting a mistake because I've learned a lot and worked with some great people, and it has definitely improved my jobs prospects once my experience started to accumulate, but the exam process has been a major pain.February 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm #1480240
Kodiak, wow. You inspire me! I hope to join you soon. Thank you for sharing.
Allegra, good luck with your new job. Controller is quite an achievement in your age. I know some experienced accountants who never moved beyond manager position due to their lack of credential. Also, many manager positions in private industry require CPA. I think CPA definitely is worth it. Congratulations!February 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm #1480261
36 here!! There are more of us than I thought 🙂February 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm #1489135
31 going on 32…married with a toddler…..spent 5 yrs in big 4 working a ton, didnt pass CPA for the longest, left for a 9-5ish job, studied for the CPA, passed it FINALLY after 10 yrs give or take of trying (i say 4 truly studying years, the 6 were just lying to myself/excuses)….now at a “dead-end” point at a pretty good solid gig but the CPA letters i hope will open doors….
Its nice to truly read some of your stories here…sometimes im guilty of thinking “its too late”, but in realize, its really truly never too late as long as you pursue it.February 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm #1491771
I'm 30…guess I qualifyFebruary 17, 2017 at 9:22 pm #1491853
I am turning 45 in a couple of months and I was hoping to give myself the best birthday gift ever! We will see how FAR feels about it. 🙂
My family came to States in the 90's. I started with Associates in accounting because I could barely speak English and I was afraid to do anything bigger. I was in my mid 20's when I earned my Bachelors in Accounting & IS and decided to get my Masters in Accounting & Finance when I was in my mid 30's. Now at 45 I am finally doing something that I put on my 10-year plan almost 25 years ago. Better late than never!February 17, 2017 at 9:36 pm #1491864
I'm among the oldest to post so far – but trying to keep my youthful image to avoid career damage. So no, you're not alone being an “older” candidate!February 17, 2017 at 10:28 pm #1491903
I am 44. I started taking classes at a community college at 38 in 2010 and graduated with an MBA in 2015. Age is just a number. I agree with everyone else- being a non-traditional student was great for me because I was a better student- more dedicated and much more persistent- plus I had experience. I started out with the attitude that I was going to do everything I would have done if I had experienced college after high-school. I can't help but wonder how I would have performed on these exams in my 20s, but I don't let myself get caught up in expectations. I feel lucky to have the opportunities now that I missed early in my life.February 17, 2017 at 11:41 pm #1491921
@ultrarunner – how did I get back to public?
I got downsized at one of the 3 part-time to total full time jobs I had. I play hockey in a rec league and in a couple of private pickups. the coordinator of one of the pickups finally convinced his wife to try it. He asked me to help her get dressed in the gear and loan her some stuff. I was talking in the locker room about being downsized that week and she asked me what I did. I told her and she said to send her my resume. I sent it to her husband, who forwarded it to her. Now she's my manager.
I'll be 47 on March 5.
Happy birthday @pokey.
good to know there are more of us than I initially thought. All the young-un's at my work are fresh out of school, like they either graduate in the spring or have just graduated and are sitting now. 1 passed a couple of months ago but doesn't have her experience yet, so she can't use CPA in her title.February 18, 2017 at 1:02 am #1491936
40 with an infant when I started my journey last August. When I graduated college with an accounting degree, I didn't know debit and credit. Not sure how I managed to pass college as I was a slacker. I got lucky and thrive in my career, however after having my daughter, I felt I needed to make up for the lack of discipline in college so I could set an honest example for her. Plus I realized the job market can be very discriminating against older people. Although my career has been stable, A CPA will help during an economic recession. I guess you could say I am being proactive.
NOt sure about yall but my memory has drastically improved since I started studying. Brain exercise from years of repetitive job duties. I was really frustrated at the beginning of this journey bc I would forget the material within mins after reading. My score has improved consistently. Fair to say my mind has adapted.February 18, 2017 at 1:19 am #1491940
Passed exam at 40. In So Cal no one wants u after 30 so I had to go Industry.
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