Search SEARCH

I want to become a CPA in California, is school more important than experience?

Ok to summarize, I graduated from San Diego State U. in 05 with a B.A. in Economics, a few of my classes were in Accounting , but not enough. I have an option of going to grad school and getting an MSA (masters in acct) or going back to my Jr college and taking the accounting courses that I need to be able to sit for the CPA exam. However, I also don't have any real experience in the field working as an accountant or bookeeping. This would really be a change in direction or career for me. My plan is to go to my Jr college, take the accounting courses I need, get a certificate or degree and start working in the accounting field to get experience and in about a year and a half, submit my paperwork to sit for the CPA exam. Is this a sound plan, any and all advice would be sooo welcomed!

Asked By: willn2muse - 8/2/2008
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
No matter what you want to do, school AND experience are both important. You need enough school to qualify to take the exam. When you finish all the courses, study, do well.. you should be able to pass the exam. Experience helps a lot too, though going to work for a year or two can leave you rusty on the exam... More
Answered By: Atomics - 8/2/2008
Additional Answers (6)
Ya gotta have the degree first, then you can pick up the experience.
Answered By: joedoakes2008 - 8/2/2008
 
You need to be certified and licensed to be a CPA so I can only assum that you are required to go to school...
Answered By: I_Hate_You_All - 8/2/2008
 
I don't think you could take all of the accounting classes you would need for the CPA at a community college, because most of them are junior and senior-level classes, which are only taught at four-year universities. The experience won't help you much with the exam, so I think you would be better off taking the exam... More
Answered By: neniaf - 8/2/2008
 
I suggest getting a Masters, it would take close to the same time and look great on a resume.
Answered By: cuthere1979 - 8/2/2008
 
CPA exam is a real buster. You're probably very good....but This isn't a slam on you...you're not ready for that one... More
Answered By: Moose - 8/2/2008
 
This might not be an exact answer... but im actually a sophmore at SDSU and am thinking of this same exact thing. However i think i might just go straight into accounting instead of economics. Is SDSU a good school to go to for accounting?
Answered By: tfghbjkl - 8/7/2008
 
Sponsored results
Over 483 Local Jobs Now Hiring In Your Area. $18-$87/Hr - Apply Today!
Jobs.Quick-com
Upload your Resume for free, put it in front of 1000's of Employers
www.jobiz.co
Click. Search. Apply. Free!
www.JobDiagnosis.com
Jobs hiring near your local area. Part-time, Full-time, Work at home.
www.HiringLocally.com

Other Career Questions

What is your current job? Why did you choose this job? What do you enjoy about your job? What do you dislike about your job? What would be your perfect job? Would you rather have this j...
3 answers - Asked By: drop pants not bombs!.♥ - 3/2/2010
Where are the jobs? Is productivity and globalization creating a permanent “recession” of jobs? My main issue is I am doing a paper for school and have no idea where to begin. I was hoping suggestions...
4 answers - Asked By: bayebd24【ツ】 - 11/21/2007
Hi ok im 19 and about to start college to do an acess course into a university. Ive been browsing through all the courses and im tottaly stuck! I thought politics but im scared ill end up with some r...
1 answers - Asked By: roseparkerly - 1/26/2009

Content is not owned or controlled by Monster. Any content concerns should be addressed with Yahoo!
Yahoo! Does not evaluate or guarantee the accuracy of any Yahoo! Answers content. Yahoo! Disclaimer.

Popular Articles

Best-Paying Work-from-Home Jobs Article Rating
It’s easier than ever to work from home. Of course, not every job is a mobile job, and some companies aren’t interested in having their employees work from home.
2013 Marketing Jobs Outlook Article Rating
The US may be facing another year of anemic hiring overall, but that won't be the case in the high-orbit world of multichannel, digital media marketing.
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2014 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2014.1.40.24-317
eTrustLogo