Should I take the CPA exam?
February 9, 2012 at 1:53 am #166105
I graduate back in 2008 with accounting degree. Since then I am working on different jobs that are not related to accounting, because no body was willing to hire me on accounting jobs (lack of experience). Currently, I have a job and its not related to accounting and decided to study for the CPA exam. Hope to pass all the section and then someone will hire me.
Should I pursue the CPA exam or should I look into something different (Career Change)?February 9, 2012 at 2:40 am #323460
Just because you don't have experience, doesn't mean you should stop looking into accounting. I graduated in Dec 2011 and I have been looking for a job! A lot less time then you, but I feel this may be a long process. I was told by an interviewer to do their internship program (where I applied) to gain experience. She wanted more technical experience for the entry level position I applied to. So even if you can't find a job, you may look into an internship? They told me I needed to be taking at least 1 class to qualify as a student, so I may do that and take p.e. or something :). Don't give up! I think employers should (I am hoping) be more understanding than ever for people who couldn't find a job right away with the economy. If you pass the exam, that can show employers that you are trying and that you won't even need to worry about that while on the job. I am hoping for that anyways. I definitely wouldn't just give up the profession though. Keep on trying!February 9, 2012 at 2:46 am #323461
@lion – You have started 11 threads now and you have only responded on one of them. What exactly are you hoping to hear? Yes, you should take the exam for this reason and that reason? No, why don't you just move on and do something else?
You were scheduled to take REG in February. Are you still taking it?February 9, 2012 at 3:19 am #323462
Only you can answer that question. If the kind of job you WANT requires you to be a CPA then yes, you should take it. If you're thinking it will make your job search any easier, then no. The job market is TOUGH right now, with or without a CPA. But if you're willing to put in the blood, sweat and tears (the tears are literal) and go above and beyond to find a job its well worth your while.
Right now you just sound desperate for an accounting job. This alone won't work magic. Get your resume reviewed by a professional and/or get some interview coaching if this is about finding a job.February 9, 2012 at 3:22 am #323463
@ Minimorty- I have started 11 threads it might go up to 100. You might want to speak with Jeff about it. To my knowledge this site is for people who have concern regarding career, test question..etc. And yes I am taking the test end of Feb, and thanks for reading my previous threads. Good Luck with your exam, if you haven't passed yet!
@ Ashley- Thank you very much and I will keep on trying.February 9, 2012 at 3:29 am #323464February 9, 2012 at 3:29 am #323465
Mini did pass, like a baus.February 9, 2012 at 3:34 am #323466
Thank you everyone for showing positive attitude. What a encouragement…..February 9, 2012 at 3:39 am #323467
but is it what you WANT to do? Money aside.
You have to want this like you want oxygen. This will beat you down and you have to be able to walk away from it saying “yeah, I proved it to myself”.
I've worked in accounting for 20 years. I am darn close to being a senior citizen (ok I'm 42). I did this with a family and a full time job. Yeah more than anything I want a better job than I have now, and I am looking but nothing in sight.
But even if I get nothing else out of it, I am so pumped that I pulled this off!
You need to be able to feel that way, or this isn't worth the trip.February 9, 2012 at 3:39 am #323468
jeff @ another71.comKeymaster
lion – I think all mini was saying was that you maybe asked a question in previous threads that you started where you asked a question and then people took their time to answer – but you didn't follow up or anything…that was all.
Glad to have you on the forum.
-JeffFebruary 9, 2012 at 3:43 am #323469
@Terminator – lol. That's a bet you can take to the bank. Better do it soon though, who knows how much longer our banks will be solvent.
@james – It took me a couple seconds to figure out what you were saying. I couldnt get “bus” out of my mind. Then it clicked and I felt a little slow. lol.
@lion – I was just pointing out that you have a habit of creating threads, but not sticking around to respond to them. Glad you are sticking it out on this one a little bit. I have one bit of constructive criticism and I hope you dont take this the wrong way. If you are living and working in the United States, you may want to consider some English classes or tutoring. Being able to write and speak clearly and concisely will go a long way. Good luck with REG later this month.February 9, 2012 at 3:54 am #323470
@ Minimorty- I will take that into consideration. Thank you for being positive about everything.February 9, 2012 at 4:02 am #323471
That's my nickname on this site! “Mr. Positive.”February 9, 2012 at 4:15 am #323472February 9, 2012 at 5:28 am #323473
@ Minimorty- English is my fourth language and I am working on improving it. I am very sorry for not understanding your reply correctly in first place.
Once again, I am very sorry to all of you for saying stuff that I shouldn't be saying. And I do really want to become a CPA and I am work hard on improving my skills. Keep checking on me. Thank You.February 9, 2012 at 6:23 am #323474
You haven't said anything you shouldn't have said. I apologize if anyone has made you feel unwelcome.
If you really do want to become a CPA, then go for it.
If you don't care what you do, you just want to make more money (there are some people like that), then go for it.
If you secretly dream of being a fashion designer, drop this right now and go to fashion school.
If you have no idea what you want to do and you have money and time to burn, pursue the CPA. It will ultimately make you more marketable. Just be prepared that after five years of busy season or corporate accounting you may find yourself deciding architecture or law or nursing or opening a bed-and-breakfast or “anything but accounting” is where your heart really is.
If you don't know what you really want to do, and money is an issue or your quality of life for the next 6-12 months is important to you, spend some time really thinking about what you want to do. It's a question only you can answer.
Pursuing the CPA is a huge commitment of time, money, and effort, and you will almost definitely sacrifice for it, whether it be relationships, hobbies, health, or sanity. If you DO decide to do it, do yourself a favor and commit to it. Minimorty said in another thread that it's like ripping off a bandaid. That's an excellent analogy. Go as hard as you can, and get it done as fast as you can.February 9, 2012 at 7:40 am #323475
I agree with everything @katiekanton said. If you decide to go for it, Good Luck and study hard!! We are all rooting for you.
Oh and don't be sorry, you haven't said anything that you need to be sorry about. English is my 3rd language and I know how hard it is to learn another language. You are doing great:!)February 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm #323476
@ Katiekanton- Thank you very much
@ CPA628-Thank you very muchFebruary 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm #323477
@ Lion_cpa, If you are committed to studying for the exam, then go for it. It may very well be a breeze for you eventhough English is not your first language. Frankly I dont think it matters because you have people who still dont pass this exam and they have known english all their life.
@minimorty sometimes your comments are just plain un called for, and Yes I dont usually comment on the site so before you go look and see how much I comment I will let you know. How does it affect you that he started a thread 11 times? What is the purpose of Another 71?
@ Jeff I am sorry but when I came to this site I thought it was for people “taking” the exam who wanted to share their thoughts and needed advice. Its okay if people who have passed give advice but Minimorty is the only person(who has passed) that I have noticed that just seems to be out of line with some of his comments.February 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm #323478
Mini is probably the most active ‘passer' but there are plenty that stay on this site that are way more out of line than he has been. Ya sometimes his comments are hard to handle but if you take the personal side out and just read the text, he means well and usually has very good advice. Also, keep in mind that things can get misunderstood with typing.
@mini, I like your comments. I have been offended by you before, sure, but as an adult I try to read into what you are saying. You are like a good teacher. You won't give the answer but you will make me think and find the correct one for me.February 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm #323479
There is nothing wrong with giving a sentiment that some don't agree with. Get thicker skin folks, if you can tough out the CPA exam surely someone questioning a poster's motives is small potatoes.
Mini is every bit as entitled to post here and to say whats on his mind as anybody else. Here's a useful tip, if you prefer not to read his comments,don't. Pretty easy stuff.
But if you DO read his comments you will almost ceratainly get practical real world insight.February 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm #323480
AGREED!!February 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm #323481
mla1169 is right. Minimorty has every right to post here. However, if the right to say whatever he wants is extended to him, it should also extend to anyone who wants to express their dislike of any poster’s deficiencies in communication skills and social graces.
There’s this position that seems to be invading society that adults should “just suck it up, get a thick skin, and learn to treat other people with the same disregard you are treated with.” REAL adults (as opposed to 30 year old seventh-graders) hold their tongues when they’re irritated by someone. They aren’t self-indulgent schoolyard bullies who, for whatever reason, fill some hole in their lives by picking off the weaker kids–the awkward kids, the kid who’s anxious and scared and asks too many questions, the new kid who just moved here from China and doesn’t speak English absolutely perfectly yet–knowing they have a very few, powerful friends who will back them up if they’re called on it and the standard “Geez, why is everybody so touchy and defensive,… lighten up” deflection doesn’t work.
Real adults have the b… uh… guts to politely but firmly call a spade a spade and speak up when they see someone else habitually acting like a jerk. Not only so that person knows their behavior is undesirable, but more importantly so the person getting picked on knows that behavior isn’t the tenor of the entire community, and doesn’t leave and never come back. A real adult doesn’t respond to the person getting picked on with “oh you gonna cry?… are you a crybaby? … boo hoo… GROW UP!” (that comment isn’t prompted by previous posts in this discussion, this is just something I see in society in general.) A real adult tells the person acting out that they’re out of line. It takes more courage, but it’s the right thing to do.
What we have on this board is the same kind of struggle we have going on right now in our country. There are people who honestly want the country to be a place that the government provides everything for you. Other people want it to be a place where you’re almost completely left alone, free to legally smoke crack and pimp out your sister for cold hard cash or drugs (and of course there are lots of positions in between).
Likewise, Group A wants this board to be a place where they come and meet up with their friends that they went through this process with, a place where the only rule is non-disclosure, anything goes, and the anonymity of the interwebs lets them say whatever they want. It’s a place they can feel important and “smarter than”.
The much larger Group C wants this board to be a place where they can come to vent to people who will give them the benefit of the doubt that when they say “exams are stupid” they don’t ACTUALLY mean “exams are stupid and we should never have any exams EVER IN THIS ESTABLISHMENT!!!” [in my best eTrade baby impersonation]. Group B wants this board to be a supportive place of encouragement from THE ONLY people who can truly understand what you’re going through. Yes, this group wants wisdom, tips, helpful advice, and sometimes tough talk and the straightup truth, but they believe those things aren’t mutually exclusive to manners, basic tact, compassion, and self-control.
Of course, there’s a Group B who have passed and visit the board to “pay forward” the knowledge and help they received out of genuine gratefulness and goodwill toward mankind.
By their very nature, Group A is more vocal and hangs around after they’re done, and Group C is quieter and moves on with their lives, maybe occasionally checking back in. Until one group definitely wins, you’ll have to learn a very important skill. With some posters (and you’ll learn quickly which they are), if you can’t just skip their posts entirely, learn to briefly scan the post and figure out if there’s a good nugget of gold glinting out at you from amongst the self-indulgent rubbish.
Another trick I use, and I’m being dead serious here, this is not a jab at anyone, is to remember that almost everybody can ONLY be as good as their parents taught them to be. There are very few who rise above the level their parents set for them (and I’m not talking about going to college, making more money, or achieving more). I was very lucky that my parents valued basic politeness, good manners, compassion, self-control, and tact. Not everybody has good parents, or any parents at all. There are also real genetic medical conditions, such as Asperger’s, that make it literally impossible for someone to understand social cues and the nuances of mature, polite society. It’s worth remembering when you encounter people who exhibit extreme behavior. It makes it easier to extend compassion and the benefit of the doubt to the offender.February 11, 2012 at 9:21 am #323482
If I may say, surely I would suggest you take the CPA test
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