As you plow through CPA exam preparation you begin to appreciate the degree of influence accounting has on the business world. Or, perhaps the reverse is true in that what happens in business creates the purpose for accounting. Either way, people in business endeavors of all types need accounting for assessment of how they’re doing.
Planning a career path as a CPA in private industry rather than public accounting is increasingly common. Corporations value accountants on their financial staffs who possess the degree of expertise developed in study for CPA licensing. The types of industries comprise a vast selection.
In addition, the workers in certain industries have very specific accounting needs. This is particularly true of people in trades where their work is typically performed under contracts. A young CPA can build an outstanding practice by focusing on such individuals.
As an accounting student, you don’t have to lock in with absolute certainty about where you expect to build a career in the future. In fact, your first hurdle after graduation is simply having a job that meets license experience requirements while you conquer CPA exam study. Typical for most accounting graduates is work at a pubic accounting firm. After all, work under an existing CPA is mandated by state licensing authorities and in some jurisdictions the job duties must include audit.
Conversely, longer-term goals are the part of career planning that provides expansive opportunities. You can drift toward a selected industry specialization in public accounting or transfer to the internal finance team at a private company in a desirable field. Having some idea about the industry you aspire toward serves an important purpose when pursuing a CPA review course. A career strategy keeps you motivated. In addition, your study concentration is more intense when you are visualizing how the information applies to future accounting work.
A specialty that needs trusted and knowledgeable accountants is the field of sports. Within this economic segment are multiple ways to deliver accounting services. For instance, sports figures are often clients at large accounting firms. By working at one of the Big 4, you can eventually find an opportunity for gravitating toward specialization in sports clientele. Some CPAs find they can leverage close personal relationships with sports figures into a client base for their own accounting practices.
Sports franchises also have internal finance departments that include accountants. Some of the sports operations are part of larger companies involved principally in other industries. The sports concern needs CPA-level expertise to handle payroll issues and cash flow projections based upon planned ticket sales or prices. In some cases, accounting tasks may entail financial management of stadiums.
Accountants for sports clients are likely to work very closely as financial insiders. Whether working in public accounting for several clients or within the internal team of a sports business, this industry has certain intangible rewards. The hard work is occasionally rewarded with free tickets and chances to mingle with stars.
Job competition in this field is fierce. You might want to gradually enter these arenas by working in accounting for a sports broadcasting or apparel company. Internships can also help you get your foot in the door. A key step is demonstrating your commitment to this industry. After successful study for CPA exam completion, you might need to accept a job with some unglamorous duties in order to prove you are serious about this career avenue.
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