Accounting Requirements


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Erin

Hello,
I am taking my extra hours for my CPA exam and in an internet class
that askes us to post a discussion to a group about our career path.
I came into the group not realizing the nubmer of people that would be
posting about accounting. I already have a bacholer's degree and am
working in accounting in a small firm. I decided to choose a small
firm for first so i would have time to get class out of the way and
focus on the CPA exam. I have realized that it does not matter what
size the firm is, in the career of accounting you are always busy.
Tax season is unbelieveable, because all you do is look at numbers for
around 80 hours a week January through April. Don't get me wrong, I
love doing taxes, I just assumed with coming to a small firm it would
not be so demanding, but I realize now size does not matter. Even out
of tax season the work load does not slack off. Granted it changes
tremendously, but it is still busy trying to do bookwork and taxes for
business. So if someone is thinking a small firm is always better,
not always, and if someone is not dedicated to work a lot of hours
this is not the career for them.

Thanks

Erin
 
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Duane Bozarth

Erin said:
... So if someone is thinking a small firm is always better,
not always, and if someone is not dedicated to work a lot of hours
this is not the career for them.
I'd hypothesize that wrt to size of firm, it may well be the inverse
relationship has a better chance of holding, particularly on both
extremes.

Secondly, from long experience I also hypothesize the latter thought is
also true for almost any career. Certainly engineering and farming (the
two careers I've followed) fit the model well!
 
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Bob

Erin said:
Hello,
I am taking my extra hours for my CPA exam and in an internet class
that askes us to post a discussion to a group about our career path.
I came into the group not realizing the nubmer of people that would be
posting about accounting. I already have a bacholer's degree and am
working in accounting in a small firm. I decided to choose a small
firm for first so i would have time to get class out of the way and
focus on the CPA exam. I have realized that it does not matter what
size the firm is, in the career of accounting you are always busy.
Tax season is unbelieveable, because all you do is look at numbers for
around 80 hours a week January through April. Don't get me wrong, I
love doing taxes, I just assumed with coming to a small firm it would
not be so demanding, but I realize now size does not matter. Even out
of tax season the work load does not slack off. Granted it changes
tremendously, but it is still busy trying to do bookwork and taxes for
business. So if someone is thinking a small firm is always better,
not always, and if someone is not dedicated to work a lot of hours
this is not the career for them.

Thanks

Erin
yes, size doesn't matter. Almost any professional career involves more
than a 40 hour week especially accounting and taxes. However most
accounting firms let employees have extra time to study for the CPA exam
(fortunately it doesn't conflict with year end audits)
 

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