Today I renewed my CPA licence. Which has got me a bit philosophical today. It’s one thing to get all the requirements completed, the test passed and to around of applause from your friends and family. It’s quite another to keep up with the continuing educational requirements, keep up with the latest topics and scams, and educating others about their own requirements.
When you get professional credentials, you are convinced that it will change your life. Suddenly, everyone will want to hire you, the world is at your feet, and your life will become a Rogers & Hammerstein musical about debits and credits.
Um, no. Actually, I can’t even say that everyone is thrilled at you becoming a CPA. Your manager might be concerned that you are going to quit and find a better job. You passed the test because you are good at what you do. Not perfect yet, but good. All that sort of stuff takes times to sort out. The expectations vs. the reality of being a CPA.
At no point do you really get away from debits and credits and basic paperwork. If you aren’t completing the paperwork, you are making sure other people are doing it correctly. And what is correctly? It provides sufficient proof that a transaction took place. In addition, you need to make sure it’s booked in accordance with GAAP.
There is a reason that CPA’s are always portrayed as boring people in media. Try chasing down creatives for their paperwork and they are going to start thinking you are godzilla made from paperclips and file folders screaming your battle cry ” GAAAAAAPPPPP ” as you chase them down the hall with your red stapler.
It takes time to balance the CPA GAAP requirements, people skills, and become a manager. Don’t be afraid to ask your mentors questions during this growth process. We all go through awkward period of moving from entry level to management. In a few years it will start to gel and then in addition to having a CPA certificate, you will really grow into the role of Certified Public Accountant.
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