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    Hello everyone! I graduated from college about a year ago and I took some time to study for FAR several months after graduation. I took the test right after I started a job which ended up not being an ideal job for a college graduate (I was the only accountant bookkeeper.) after that job, I took some short temporary gigs. After that I worked for almost two months at a property management company as an accounts payable specialist. It ended up not working out; the controller and assistant controller told me that I have a bright future ahead of me and I am smart and have a good personality. They said if I have more experience that i could take on that job. I think I may struggle with a combination of ASD and ADD because I struggle with organization, prioritizing tasks, and multitasking. I also think i struggle with sensory overload. My parents seem to think i should focus on getting my CPA tests passed while I can learn some strategies to help my symptoms. I am just afraid that it is going to take me a long time to pass these tests and that prospective employers are going to think that having a long gap from work is a red flag. Suggestions?



    My advice is get a job with a public accounting firm. They will teach you the skill sets you need to be a successful accountant and long term is almost a requirement for manager level and above positions. It will make passing AUD and FAR much easier and you will also get rewarded with a bonus for passing your exams which always helps for motivation. It will likely take about a year to pass the exams so that kind of lay-off is not ideal. Many people pass the exams working full time while managing a marriage and children, so you can manage working and passing the exams with no additional obligations. Good luck.

    AUD - 81
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - 80
    REG - 82

    It is much more difficult to study for and pass the exam if you have a full time job so if I were in your shoes I would get the exams over with first since that is an option that is available to you. The employment gap is not that big of a deal since you will have spent the time studying for the exam.

    “Get to the chopper.”

    79 FAR-5/2019

    76 AUD-6/2019

    81 REG-8/2019



    I don’t think you’ll find that life will get easier so if you’re in a position to take the exams without having to work, it would seem like a good idea to me.
    I was diagnosed with ADD after I started studying for the exams, I started seeing a counselor/life coach who worked with adults like me struggling with focus and organization. I think it’s been helping.

    At the end of the day tho, follow your gut.

    Best of luck to you!

    I'm going to be the person who says "I finished even though..." not the person who says "I didn't finish because..."

    B - 77, 76

    A - 57, 64, 72, 76!

    R - 78 (lost credit 5/18)

    F - 54, 73, 71, 64, 69, 76!

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