As you're thinking about your career in accounting, it's important to have as much information as possible to make an informed decision. So we spoke to one of our contacts who worked as an auditor in a public accounting firm in Miami. Here's what he had to say about the day-to-day tasks in audit that will perhaps give you some better insight as to what to expect should you choose this route.
For those of you who are looking to pursue a career in public accounting, setting your sights on The Big 4, top 25, or top 100 is always an alluring choice. But the truth is, most practicing CPA’s work for small local and regional CPA firms. In some cases, some practicing CPAs actually work for firms with less than 10 people! So before you set your ambitions in stone on working for a large public accounting firm, here are some great reasons why you should consider working for small CPA firms.
Although the accounting industry is a great place to be to secure success in your career, it can be competitive--especially if you want to get hired by The Big 4 accounting firms. As a current college student in this day and age, many of you are also probably feeling the pressure of paying back student loans when you graduate, making finding a good job even more imperative. Here are some tips to help you stay on top of accomplishing your goals and how to get noticed by The Big 4.
I took a little break from studying during the holidays. I really needed that break after learning that I didn’t pass BEC. I tried to jump right back in and review the materials, going as far as to even scheduling the exam. My passing grade was 73 and I tried to stay positive telling myself that I was so close and for sure next time I’ll pass.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your future—especially in terms of where you’d like to be headed after you graduate. And as a current accounting student, you know you’ll probably do well as a regular accountant. But there’s also one large three lettered word that hangs around your peripherals if not at the family dinner table: CPA.