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Is public accounting experience a necessity in the accounting world?

Hello everyone.

I just started my first job out of school in September at a small (12 employees) CPA firm. I am making 48k, and they will pay 1k per semester when I go back for my MBA/CPA in the spring. However, I was just offered a job at a digital marketing and web design company. They offered to pay me 60k, with benefits such as 401k match and healthcare (not huge because I am on my dad's plan still at age 22, but still). Obviously it is tempting to take due to the increase in pay and likely decrease in hours (40-45 off season, 55 in season at my current firm), but I am concerned that down the road employees may not find me as attractive because I'd have so little public accounting experience. Is this the case? Any recommendations on taking or rejecting?

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Richard Baikie
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Super King Markets
(Director of Finance, Super King Markets) |

One question is whether you want to get your CPA. Depending on your state board of accountancy, your experience requirement will usually include public or working under the supervision of a licensed CPA..
I would look at where you want to be in the future, both short-term and long-term, and what fits with that, be it certifications or advanced education or specializations..

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