Money matters. But, is it a key factor in choosing a career?
I can see myself as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the future, primarily because I want to increase the availability of financial consultation for all consumers. But to accomplish this enormous task is another story. I will have to take a number of steps to pursue this career. According to CareerOneStop.org, an aspiring Accountant must take 30 hours of upper level accounting courses, 24 hours of business, and 150 hours of general education.
The median salary of a CPA is $67,430. However, I believe that selecting a career should not be based on salaries, but on doing something you enjoy while serving the community. Becoming a CPA will enable me to do that.
The job outlook of this career is highly promising due to the start of new businesses. Moreover, today's improving economy will greatly increase the need for skilled accountants, guaranteeing me a spot in the job market.
But do I have what it takes to be an Accountant? Strong leadership, good communication, analytical and computer skills are the essential qualifications to become a CPA. I am confident that I possess these skills. I am currently taking Business Information Management as an elective course where I gain knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Taking this advanced course is a strong indication of my aspiration for this career. I am motivated to lead and represent my graduating class.
Once I become a CPA, my next goal is to create my own accounting firm that serves all consumers, not just large corporations but small companies. Taking into consideration individuals who need but cannot afford financial services will ultimately benefit our entire community.
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