Kristen is a NINJA CPA blogger.
Hey from Virginia! My name is Kristen and I am in the process of restarting my CPA journey.
I am a mother of two and have a great husband. This year is going to be chaos, and as I look at what I’ve got lined up, I chuckle…and look forward to coming out the other end.
First, a little bit about myself—I graduated from college in 2007 and immediately began working for a regional CPA firm.
I had great mentors who took the time to teach me and were invested in my professional growth. I was traveling a lot, and enjoying my colleagues and my work.
Since I was satisfied with my career, I took the time to enjoy myself rather than preparing for the CPA exam.
In 2012, I felt the professional pressure to sit for the exam—I knew that there would be no further career advancement without those three letters at the end of my name.
With the encouragement of my mentor/boss, I registered for the exam and sat for Audit in July. When I was sitting for the exam, my fear melted away when I started to answer the questions. I ended up getting 69.
There is a huge intimidation factor that goes along with the CPA exam, but I try to keep telling myself that it is just another test.
Later that summer, my husband was offered a wonderful job opportunity that required us to move. With a new area, new job, and new home on my plate, I had no time to study, so I put the exam off.
My new job allowed me to strengthen my IT skillset, and obtain my CISA. While I enjoy the IT audit field, over time, I discovered that I enjoyed the financial side more.
My current job affords the opportunities to work in both IT and financial auditing, and I am grateful for that flexibility. Having my CPA will help me to grow in my current role, and help my firm be successful.
I decided to become NINJA blogger to share my experience, get great study tips and to have an additional source of accountability.
In addition to studying, I have a full time job, family responsibilities, and will be taking two online courses to complete the 150 credit requirement. But with the support of my husband, awesome job, and all of you, I hope the ink will have dried on my CPA certificate before the CPA exam changes in 2017. Wishing you all the best!
“When I thought I couldn't go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” – Estee Lauder