I Filed Bankruptcy. Can I Still Become A Certified Public Accountant?

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From the mailbag: Good afternoon Andrew, My name is David and I am currently a non-traditional accounting student (32 years old with very minimal accounting experience) in my final year with plans to sit for the CPA exam. In 2011 my wife and I (in which I married at age 18) filed for Ch. 7 bankruptcy.…

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How to Minimize Travel in Your Public Accounting Career

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I’m starting my public accounting career at an internship at one of the big four over the summer and I’m a little concerned about the travel. While I might not travel much during the internship, when I actually start full-time I imagine there will be plenty of travel. The service…

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Top Management Consultant to the CPA Industry [Interview] with Marc Rosenberg of the Rosenberg Associates


Marc Rosenberg has served as a management consultant to CPA firms for over 20 years. What an interesting job! He spends most of his time traveling the country and helping CPA firms improve their partner compensation models, CPA firm mergers, succession planning, CPA firm retreats, and more. He also runs a “management consultant to the…

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Don’t Let Your Accounting Boss Keep You Down

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Earlier this week, I caught up with an old friend who is going through her first busy season. She was having a pretty tough time with one of her accounting boss/managers and was telling me the story. She said she was being a little giggly in the conference room and cracking jokes. She also forgot…

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Are You A Boss, Or A Leader? [PODCAST] with Carl Johnson, Blum Shapiro

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Carl was recommended to me by an old guest on show and he has a great story of rising from a staff, to COO, the in 2002 to managing partner at Blum Shapiro. The firm is the largest regional accounting, tax and business consulting firm based in New England with offices in West Hartford and…

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Basic Steps to Build a Meaningful Connection with Accounting Recruiters and Staff

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, Hope you are having a good day out in Florida. I’m currently a fourth year student in Finance, and considering to stay a fifth year in order to complete CPA required courses. I will be attending an KPMG info session tomorrow where there will be staff accountants and the head…

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I Got A DUI. Can I Still Get Hired By Accounting Firms?


From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, This is kind of a touchy subject that I tend to shy away from, but I need to know before I get too far into my college career. I’m currently getting ready to take Intermediate 1, but I’m nervous to continue my journey because of my past. I know that…

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Is My Career Dead If I Don’t Go To A Big 4 Accounting Firm?

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I’m almost finished with my Masters program and have run into something of a career dilemma (already!).  I was hoping to get some feedback from you. Quick overview of my recruiting: I interviewed for three of the four Big 4 accounting firms and received office visits from everyone.  I really…

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Office Romance: Here are the Wild and Crazy Ways Auditors Fall in Love


We have all heard stories about office romances that have been mostly utter disasters and recommendations on how not to start a fling in the office (Hint: if you’re married, you probably shouldn’t be starting office flings. I know this is obvious, but shockingly does need to be shared). I am a huge fan of…

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Stay At Home Mother To CPA Firm Partner [PODCAST] with Nancy Ridenour, PDR CPA’s

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Nancy is a CPA firm partner at PDR CPA’s and spoke a number of years ago when I was at the University of Tampa. She has a great…

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How Can I Add Value To A CPA Firm As A Staff Accountant?

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I got this question a few days ago from a Bean Counter reader: “How can I add value to a CPA firm as a staff accountant?“ It’s an exciting time. You are just starting your career in public accounting. The most important thing you can do in this new period of your life is to…

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Interview with a Chief Accounting Officer [PODCAST] with Greg Leiter, Chief Accounting Officer at Cott Corporation

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Greg Leiter, CPA, serves as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, and Director at Cott Beverages Limited. Mr. Leiter has been Senior Vice President of Cott Corporation since April 2008. Mr. Leiter has been Assistant Secretary of Cott Corporation since December 5, 2007 and serves as its Chief Accounting Officer. He…

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Should I Quit My Full-Time Job For An Internship?


From the mailbag: Hey Andrew, So yesterday I got  a message from them (McGladrey) saying to call to discuss an offer! I was so psyched, I thought this was my big break. (I went back to school late in life and am trying to make a career change) but when I called them they only…

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The Trick To Being The BEST Senior Associate Is Doing Very Little Work


Sorry, sorry, sorry. I have got this question A LOT and I’m just getting around to it. For those of you that aren’t aware, a senior associate: The first promotion you’ll have after starting at a public accounting firm. Typically this occurs after two years, however some firms (like PwC) wait an extra year. You’re…

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The New Way To Find Accounting Internship & Jobs [PODCAST] with CEO of AccountingFly

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AccountingFly matches accounting and students and full-time professionals with companies looking to hire students and recent graduates. The picture to the right shows Co-founders John Hosman, James Hosman, Frank White, and Jeff Phillips. Jeff is the CEO and the guest we had on the show.

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