While attending a Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting several years ago, we had the pleasure of hearing many great speakers give presentations on the accounting industry. One in particular, CEO of Grant Thornton International, gave some excellent career advice when asked by a student about the CPA Exam. Below we've paraphrased the best advice for those pursuing a career in accounting:
Firms won't promote anymore if you don't have the CPA Exam completed early on.
If you think your first year at a firm is going to be busy, then you are severely underestimating how busy you'll be the second year!