Post # 1
Hi bees!!! SO, i have been thinking a lot lately if I should go back to school to get my accounting degree and CPA license.
I am a chef by trade, and I have always worked in restaurants. However, I was working at a Country club 2 years ago, and during our slow season, my fiance’s aunt (whom I am friends with) got me an assistant job working at the CPA firm she worked for. Im a super organized and anal person, so this job was great for me!! Well, I loved it so much, I quit my cooking job and became a full time assistant there. Well, she has actually quit, and I am still here. I do a heck of a lot more than just “assisting”. and im getting paid the same (no i havent asked for a raise, I actually am in Jan) BUT – Im thinking… If I would already have a job. and I could go to school and actually get my CPA, that would look even better.
One hold back, is I am still paying my 70,000 culinary school loan down, Im 26. And I still have about 30,000 to go.
Do I go to school, and get the “title” or do I just keep learning here and hopefully get paid more….
Post # 3
Personally I’d hold off on getting a new license until you’ve paid off your current student loans. See if you can get a raise in the position that you’re in for now, and once your loans are paid off you can decide if you’d like to go back to school at that point.
Post # 4
Before I opened this post, I was going to say, “Heck yes!” But I agree with MrsMcGyro: pay off what you owe first. Having an accounting degree would be really good, but going into more debt would not be good.
Is there any way you can qualify for a grant of some kind? That would be one way to to go back to school and not incur any more debt.
Post # 5
Thats why I was thinking. My fiance is like… GO GO, youll make more money. and I am like NO — bc then ill go into MORE debt and I DO NOT want that!! haha., I told him, if he wants to pay my loans, then ill go. lol. I needed some sane opinions!! lol.
Thank you ladies!
Post # 6
So, an alternate opinion… Is there any chance you can take classes at a community college to get basic pre-requisites out of the way before getting a BA or AA in Accountancy? Even if you could take one night/online class at a time while you pay down your other loans, it seems like you could at least make progress on the accounting thing, if you know that’s where you want to go eventually anyway.
A lot of people aren’t going to school full-time these days and work full-time while taking a few classes here and there. It’s just another option!
Post # 7
Would your current job give you any aid to take some of the required courses?