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Do Accounting Firms Care if You’re On Drugs? Part III

12 years ago my former colleague Caleb Newquist published a post titled “Do Accounting Firms Care if You’re On Drugs?” A good chunk of that post describes Wall Streeters getting blitzed at real estate investment trust companies because back in those days accounting news was extra slow and we wrote about a lot more finance-adjacent […]

Ask GC: Is It OK to Renege on a Previously Accepted Offer For an Offer From a Bigger Firm?

Back in the day, advice emails were our bread and butter. Well, more like my esteemed former colleague Caleb Newquist’s bread and butter. He loved cranking them out while I really had to be in the right mood otherwise I’d end up telling some poor intern to go fuck themselves just because I could. The […]

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Just How Difficult Is It to Break Into Accounting As a Second Career?

Around these parts we like to focus on the “traditional” accounting track: school, degree, Big 4 job, CPA exam, and exit to greener pastures, usually in that order. It’s how it’s always been for accounting majors and likely how it always will be because as we know, it’s Big 4 or nothing in the world […]

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To Partner or Not to Partner: That Is the Senior Manager’s Question

A while back, a Big 4 senior manager reached out to share his plight. In short, this person told us making partner in a big firm is nothing but a game; in this person’s words, “[There’s a] Game of Thrones-esque BS that goes on in the firm as people try to jockey to be promoted […]

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Should You Acknowledge Every Email?

When it comes to email, the moment where proper etiquette morphs into a pet peeve is difficult to pinpoint. How many exclamation points are too many?!!!!! The correct answer is: more than one. Should you use the HIGH PRIORITY button? The correct answer is: No. Never. Okay, maybe if you’re about to mauled by a […]

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Let’s Get Worked Up About: Email Pet Peeves

Email. It’s the most annoyingly omnipresent element of our working lives. When trying to enjoy the holidays, a nice vacation or even a relaxing Sunday evening, many people can’t get the image of an overstuffed inbox out of their minds. Especially so if you’ve forgotten to turn notifications off which is something you should absolutely […]

Would New York Ever Require a Master’s Degree to Become a CPA?

What’s this, now? Two CPA exam questions in one week? Must be our lucky day! If you have a question, or just need to vent, or want to compliment me on my hair, get in touch and we’ll do our best not to screw your life up. Hey Adrienne, Is it true the NY is […]

How To Pass the CPA Exam With a 20 Year Old Accounting Degree

It seems like after all these years together, we’ve answered just about every question possible. Plus, with the addition of Open Items, you can now post your questions directly and have them answered immediately by the GC faithful versus sitting in our inboxes for however long it takes for us to get around to it. […]

Accounting Career Conundrums: Put Down the Pot or Take a Gamble on Another Offer?

Sometimes I feel like I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like checkin’ out. I want to get it wrong. Can’t always be strong. And love it won’t be long… call us Ultraviolet, we’re here to light your way. If you have a career question, life question, ethics question and/or dumb question for us, go ahead […]

Do You Feel Cheated By Your Firm? Come Over Here…

You could go ahead and substitute any firm for any other firm here, but for this particular reader question, it’s KPMG v EY. Let’s make a little popcorn and see what’s going on: Hello, I hope you’re well.  So about a month ago, I heard that EY gave second round raises to the entire West […]

The Easiest Solution To a Common Cube Dweller Problem

Need some help? Just need to vent? Want to discuss whether your business card is ecru or eggshell? Give us a shout, we might be motivated to help you. Hey GC Busy season is just getting rolling,  but I’ve got a loud problem on my hands. A manager (not on my team) has a cube […]

Potential Firm-Jumper Wants To Know Just How Bad is KPMG Anyway?

Guys. Guys. GUYS. Clearly this joke has gone way too far, and this isn’t the first time someone has asked us this: Hi GC and Happy Busy Season to all. I am currently starting my 4th busy season with D&T in an East Coast office and have recently been approached by KPMG about a senior […]

Future CPA Seeking the Best CPA Review Course Someone Else’s Money Can Buy

Ed. note: today, Amber tackles a question we’ve gotten no less than 1000 times. Our answer is always the same: we can’t tell you which review course is “best” (both due to my obvious conflict of interest having earned my shill stripes in CPA review and to the fact that only you know what will […]

Career Conundrum: Is a Master’s Degree Worth It?

This week we take on a conundrum that comes up for many aspiring CPAs on their quest to earn 150 semester hours: Do the benefits of a graduate degree outweigh the costs?

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Accounting Career Conundrums: Disappointed Auditor’s Laziness Is Showing

Here is another career inquiry sent to [email protected] I confirmed with Caleb that none of the text was lost when it was transmitted to me. Staff auditor w/$40,000 pay approaching 6 years at small firm that does complex alphabet soup audits.  Boss says not to come in early and not to stay late, created rules […]

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Get Answers to Your Accounting Career Questions While the Getting Is Good

Have you recently thought to yourself, “Man, this Going Concern team is a sharp bunch. I wonder if they can advise me on my disaster of a job/career/life?” Yes! We! Can! Will it be good advice? That’s debatable. Still beats asking your narcissistic friends, though. Email us at [email protected] and one of career suicide prevention […]

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The Definitive Guide to Accounting as a Second Career

Ed. note: this article was originally published October 8, 2013. Despite its age it is still accurate for anyone thinking about a second career in accounting. We updated a few small details in June, 2022. You may contact the editor if you have any questions about the information below or would like more resources on […]

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Accounting Career Conundrums: Should I Quit My Big 4 Job After Only a Year?

In this week’s episode of Accounting Career Conundrums, a reader ponders leaving her job at a large firm with less than a year of experience.

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Accounting Career Conundrums: Planning for the CMA, Working on Vacation, and Who Needs a Car?

It’s the week before Labor Day so that means everyone checked out yesterday around 8:30 am. This seems like the perfect excuse to dish out some lightning round advice, so I dug through the mailbag to see what’s what in the lives of the GC readership. If you have a career question, hit us up […]

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Your Reward for Winning the Elijah Watt Sells Award Is Winning the Elijah Watt Sells Award (and Maybe Some Cash)

Have a question for GC’s exclusive team of underachievers? Get in touch and we’ll do our best to do the research for you. From the mailbag: Is there any career benefit to not only passing the CPA exams, but aceing them and getting the Elijah Watts Sells award? You didn’t hear? The Elijah Watt Sells […]

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Do You Really Need to Buy That $3,000 CPA Review Course?

Ed. note: the following was published in June, 2013 and some of the information is outdated. Reach out to us if you are a current CPA exam candidate seeking answers and we’ll be happy to give you the most current information we have. It feels like forever since we’ve had to point a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed […]

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Protip for CPA Candidates: Don’t Schedule an Exam the Day After Memorial Day

Over the years, we (and by “we” I mean “Adrienne”) have dispensed a lot of advice related to the CPA exam. Everything from study materials to chemical assistance to 5-week intensive courses. We’ve even explained how to bomb the exam, if reverse-psychology is your thing. But there’s plenty of advice that we take for granted, so perhaps […]