Someone left this link in a comment to another post and I found it highly relevant today (and perhaps even more so given the current state of the job market) even though it was written mid-2008.
Accounting graduates are flooding the streets according to CFO magazine (a subscription to the mag is free, by the way and is an easy way to pique the curiosity of your brown-nosing co-worker who will throw anyone under the bus if they feel it will make them look good to management…
“what? he's reading CFO magazine? why don't I get CFO magazine? does he think he's going to be CFO or what??? grrrrrr…did the company pay for the subscription? I bet they did. why didn't I get one? that's it – I'm done with this place…no one appreciates ME!!!” )
I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but being a CPA will set you apart from your peers who are not CPAs. I passed the exam back in November and it's already opened a door internally that wouldn't have been open for me if I was still trying to get through this exam.
Study study study – get this Exam over with. Being a CPA won't make you completely bullet-proof in this job market, but at least you're wearing a vest.
Hear that sound? Newly graduated, lower-paid reinforcements are on the way.