(Closed) CPA Bees!!!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Good luck!  I didn’t pass the CPA the first time, but decided not to take it again because I didn’t want to work for a public accounting firm.

Post # 5
Member
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Good luck! I just graduated with my Bachelors in Accounting! I don’t think I want to work for a public firm, but I have been told by a million people that being a CPA is much better than a Masters degree! I’m looking into the possibility of becoming certified to teach in GA and teaching math for middle or high school!

Post # 6
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91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Good luck! The CPA is really rough, but Becker is really good at helping you pass if you do everything they ask of you.

Post # 7
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

For the people working in private firms, you might want to consider getting a CMA instead of a CPA.  A CPA really only helps if you are in public accounting, but a lot of people think a ton about the letters instead of what you are actually being tested on.

Post # 8
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654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I used Becker about 9 years ago and it really helped so good luck to you!!!  I’m so jealous of those that get to take it section by section and don’t have to go through those 2 hellish days!!!

I definitely recommend getting your CPA if you’re going to work as an accountant.  I went the public accounting route and am now in the private sector.  To be honest, as someone who’s had to hire a lot of people in my last few jobs, I wouldn’t hire an accountant to work for me without a CPA, unless they were currently working towards it.  I think it does wonders for your career.  But that’s just my opinion.  Best of luck to all of you!

Post # 9
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5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

im the youngest in a team of 5 CPA’s and its great – knowing we are a global company with vast experience that can rely and mentor each other has been a great experience.  i dont think anyone ever regrets getting their cpa’s – it often can put you on the top of the list and open doors. goodluck!!!!

 

Post # 10
Member
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Ugh. I will be signing up for the CPA exam (and Becker) at the end of the month. I finally got my 150 credits to actually sit for the darn thing.

I am glad there are so many CPA’s and aspiring-CPA’s on the board. I was REALLY stressed about planning a wedding and sitting for the exam at the same time, but I have a lot of wedding stuff done, so I should be ok.

Good luck to ALL!

 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@youhavemyheart:Awe, good luck!!! I just finally passed my last section in November! It was a long, tough road but it’s do-able! If you ever need any advice or encouragement, feel free to PM me! It helps to talk about the tough times with people who have been through it. But just stick to the study guide and don’t cheat on the homework and you’ll be fine. I passed all 4 parts with Bisk. But I know Becker is amazing. It’s designed to make you pass as long as you stick to the schedule. Good luck!!!

Post # 13
Member
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Congratulations!  That is a big step but it sounds like you have the support and strength to do great! 

Post # 14
Member
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Good luck!  Don’t worry – you’ll be fine!  Becker is really great about prepping you for the test.  Just listen to the lectures and do ALL of the practice questions and tests.  Having your CPA will definitely be nothing but a plus.  Personally for me, I would go to study for an hour a day right after work and an hour or two over the weekend starting about 8 weeks before the exam.  I know it sucks after a long day of work but if I went home after work, I ended up skipping the studying so it’s better just to get it over with after work.

I disagree with the comment about getting a CMA instead of a CPA.  If you have the hours requirements, DEFINITELY go for the CPA instead.  It looks much better on resumes.  I switched from public to private also and work for a Fortune 100 company and when I look at resumes, I definitely go towards the ones that have a CPA degree or are working towards one.  If I had to choose between a CPA or a CMA, I’d definitely go for the CPA.  However, if you DON’T have the 150 hours requirement, then I would go for the CMA.

Good luck!

 

Post # 15
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139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hello-

Just joined the bee and love this thread!

My CPA Books came in the mail yesterday! I am taking the financial section first hopefully at the end of february…I still need to sign up.

youhavemyheart- Which test are you taking first and when?

Post # 16
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10 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree with Lisa1783. Nothing trumps having CPA next to your name in my opinion (and my employer’s opinion, for that matter). If you’ve got the req’s done to be able to sit for it, then take it.

Good luck to the bees who are just starting this process! It’s a crazy time, but I know for me, it felt like the biggest accomplishment of my life when I finished. It’s funny though, I don’t know who was more excited for me to be done – my Fiance or me. He definitely had to deal with lots of frustrated moments 😉 I felt like my biggest problem was getting off of the wedding sites and opening my book. It’s definitely hard to be so excited to plan your wedding when you have your FAR book starting you in the face. But it’s all worth it in the end when you see your final passing score!!

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