September 17, 2021

How to get the practical experience required for the CPA license application

Open ItemsCategory: CareersHow to get the practical experience required for the CPA license application
Curiouscbcuriouscb asked 1 year ago

I’m concerned about how to satisfy the experience requirement for the CPA license application in IL without having to leave my decent paying administrative job for a lesser paying accounting-dedicated job.
How does someone coming from a non-traditional background (not an accounting major) achieve this? My concern is that I will put the hard work into passing the CPA exam (this year) and never be able to get a decent paying job doing what I really want to do.
My background includes:
– small business bookkeeping/accounting experience (mostly from a job I left 5 years ago)
– active enrolled agent license (though I’m not working with clients right now)
– non-accounting related bachelor’s degree 
– accounting, audit, tax coursework completed post-bacc to qualify for CPA exam 
Thanks in advance.

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