Hello everyone, I've stumbled across this forum while researching some information on future accounting careers and was hoping to pick your brains.\n\nI'm currently 23 years old and have been a mechanic for about 6 years. Living in NC with several major cities within an hours drive. I was unsure of going to college and have a natural talent for working on things so I went and did "my thing". I've excelled through my career and have even been promoted to manager at the shop I'm currently working at. However, I've decided that I want to pursue something new and have decided on earning my Bachelors in Accounting. I'm 1 semester away from finishing my 2 year general ed at my local community college and will be transferring to a state university next fall. After earning my Bachelor's I plan to utilize the college's fast track master's program to be able to place for my CPA. \n\nI'm mostly worried about whether or not I'll be a sought after employee (given my grades are satisfactory) even though my first 6 years of work were in a completely irrelevant field when it comes to my newly chosen major.\n\nWill the Big 4 be interested in a mid-twenties graduate with prior experience that is unrelated? Will it be difficult to find a job given that I've not taken the traditional route when it comes to college? (First person in my immediate family to go to college) \n\nWhat are some career paths that I should be looking into? Industry or Public? \n\nIs the Big 4 a necessary step to take to be successful further into my career's future?\n\nWill I be [I][B]too old[/B][/I] once I graduate? (26ish)\n\nI look forward to talking to you all. I'm in need of some guidance indefinitely.