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John Katona

Hello. I understand you would like to learn more about becoming a CPA, but the question of a regular workday is difficult to answer because every day is somewhat different. However, if you go into public accounting as a staff accountant, you will either be working in audit or tax. I would recommend you do some research on which area you would like better, and would be happy to discuss that further with you.

As a staff accountant working in the audit practice, from my experience working at a regional public accounting firm, you would be auditing a new company almost every week, be assigned different areas to audit (or test for correctness) that are less risky (such as cash, accounts payable, fixed assets). You would be working underneath a senior, who will be running the audit, assigning tasks for you to complete, and reviewing your work. You will have two other people reviewing your work as well (a manager and a director/partner). Even though you will be testing similar accounts at each company, the companies will have different aspects about them that make it different from day to day.

This is a great way for you to learn quickly about different industries, accounting, how to communicate effectively, how to problem solve, and how to work efficiently and effectively. I highly recommend going directly into public accounting directly out of college.

Start looking for ways to volunteer to work for free at public accounting firms near you just to learn more about their work and experiences, and try to get some internships in the summer to see what it's really like.

Best of luck and take care.

Answered 1 month ago

John Katona
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Sherry Fleckenstein

Accounting is a great career path as it opens the door to many different companies. AP is a necessary function of all businesses so if working with numbers in that capacity bores you than perhaps working at a higher level in the industry might make you happy. I don't know what college you are currently at, but all that I have seen have a career center where you can answer a series of questions that will show (based on your answers) what your strong personality traits are and what you would excel at. This might be a good option in addition or taking some time to speak with your Academic Adviser. If you decide to remain in the accounting field than all you need is a Bachelors degree and to sit for the test that certifies you as an Accountant. As for the experience, you should be able to intern at an accounting position while in your Bachelors especially since you already have a Bachelors in Economics. I think a MBA would be a next step that would provide you with a really good position in accounting and shore up your future in this field. As I'm sure you know, you have to work hard and obtain good grades to be successful.

Answered 1 year ago

Sherry Fleckenstein