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Top Career Tips for Young CPAs

Aug 17, 2007
CPA or Certified Public Accountant is the statutory title that is given to qualified accountants in the US, who have passed out the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and have also met the additional state experience and education requirements for certification as a CPA. Only the licensed CPAs in most of the states in the US can provide to the public attestation opinions on the financial statements. The general public know CPAs as excellent finance and business consultants and tax expertise and for keeping the books of small organizations. Corporations that are into finance function employ CPAs as Finance Managers or Chief Financial Officers or they are even employed as CEOs, depending on their knowledge of the business and practice.

Several men and women who complete accounting programs benefit from the excellent training. They have strong communication and interpersonal skills and technical-knowledge and prior to graduation they build on practical experience as well. But it takes more this to create a successful career. Some of the career tips for young CPAs are listed below:

1. You need to have belief in yourself because if you exude confidence, your colleagues and clients will pick you for that level of competency showcased. Believe in yourself and never think that you cannot have the career you imagine.

2. You should always be willing to try out new things and be ready to face failure as well. Accountants who have been successful in their careers have recognized that there is more to get ahead than simply getting the work done. Do not hesitate in trying out new things because if you keep thinking about failure, then you can never achieve anything in life. Best learning experiences often follow failure.

3. It always helps to set a goal and then work towards it. Try and create a personal strategic plan and identify your professional and personal goals. You also need to think realistically about your weaknesses and strengths and allocate your energy and time towards the execution of plans.

4. Find a good mentor for yourself because like a good coach, he will listen to you and watch you in action and then there can be some reflection on what can bring some improvement. Best mentors are people who need to under stand where you are heading and to know what all it takes to reach your goals.

5. You should take control of your schedule because your life can go haywire due to the tight deadlines, demanding clients and long hours. According to successful CPAs, balance is very necessary. You need to decide on priorities and establish a schedule to meet your needs.

6. Always be prepared. Learn about your clients, ask questions and participate in conferences. As a CPA advances towards senior management, he or she learns that advance planning is important to help the job done smoothly.

7. Listen to your contacts, colleagues and clients and try to observe effective communication. Work on the different presentation styles and watch how people react to each.

You need to know the art applicable and like a successful chef you need to combine every ingredient to create a masterpiece.
About the Author
Former IRS Agent offers California Estate Planning. CPA Firm Murrary and Young offers expert accounting consultation to those in and around the California Area. Visit http://www.april15.com
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