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Should I take the CPA if I'm not Working in a Finance Fuction?

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Hello everyone,

 

I have been thinking about this issue alot... I graduated from college with an accounting degree and worked a little for one of the big four accounting firms as an auditor. After that I went to work as an accountant for a large petorchemical company. However, I found out that accounting is not what I like to do. Recenly, I received an offer to work as a contract specialist in a large oil comany.

During the time I worked as an accountant, I worked a little on the CPA exam. I know that it will take alot of efforts and sacrifice to pass. However, I do realize that the CPA designation is valuble. Do you think that I should continue working on the CPA if I'm not planning to work in finance function? Is it worth it? Does it help in other areas of the business? I'm not sure if anyone went through what I'm giong through.

 

Thanks alot for your support

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Topic Expert
Cindy Kraft
Title: CFO Coach
Company: Executive Essentials
(CFO Coach, Executive Essentials) |

What is your rationale for getting a CPA if you don't plan to work in finance? How would it add value to your career path? What is your career path?

Ibrahim Z
Title: Contract Advisor
Company: AR
(Contract Advisor, AR) |

Thanks for your quick reply.

I think I wanted to get the CPA because I think that I have high understanding of accounting as a knowledge, however, I'm not into working in finace or accounting. My career path if I accept the new job offer will be contracts advisor. I'm actually still fresh graduate, I also would like to seek your advice if CPA might add value in other business areas.

Topic Expert
Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
LinkedIn Profile
(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

My thoughts -
Having any advanced degree/certification regardless if you use it or not, will speak highly about you.
Taking the CPA exam will take tremendous effort. But it will be easier now for an individual with recent experience then opting later on.
Do you have a personality that does not look back or are you likely to say "I should have...."?

Ibrahim Z
Title: Contract Advisor
Company: AR
(Contract Advisor, AR) |

Regis, thanks alot for your comment.

I think that I might do look back sometimes. I appreciate your advice. What do you think would be the closest possible career that a CPA can work well with that is not in pure finance?

Topic Expert
Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
LinkedIn Profile
(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

There are so many. Owning your own business comes to mind. Teaching will always be an option.

Ibrahim Z
Title: Contract Advisor
Company: AR
(Contract Advisor, AR) |

That was very helpful. Thanks

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