Career Story: Certified Public Accountant For A Mid-Sized Accounting Firm

Certified Public Accountant For A Mid-Sized Accounting Firm

Job Title: Certified Public Accountant

Type of Company: I work for an accounting firm in the Greater Boston area.

Education: BA, Business Administration, Merrimack College

Previous Experience: I worked in an accounting firm for five years out of college and then worked in accounting in private corporations for ten years. I then went back to work in a CPA firm and have been there for three years.

Job Tasks: As an audit manager in a mid-sized accounting firm, my primary responsibility is managing teams as they perform the audits of our clients' financial statements. Most companies have to report their financial results on an annual basis in the form of a financial statement that has been audited by a CPA. A CPA provides assurance that the financial information presented by the management of a company is fairly stated and reasonable.

We work as teams and most training is done on a day-to-day basis on the job. The majority of the time we work at the client's office, which means that we travel around. We work with clients in many different industries: manufacturing, software, bio-tech, etc, and we are forced to gain exposure to many different business models.

We work closely with our clients to guide us through complex accounting issues and questions that they have.

As a manager, part of my job is to generate new business. This means that I spend a portion of my time meeting new people and building new relationships in order to pitch our services. I do this by attending networking events and taking people to lunch. I enjoy this aspect of my job!

It is true that CPAs work a lot of hours during certain times of the year, but overall being an accountant is a very satisfying career!

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of being a CPA is the enormous amount of business knowledge that you amass in your career. Another benefit of the job is the relationships that you establish with your colleagues. The team structure breeds a mentoring, supportive environment.

Public accounting can be demanding and require a big commitment of time and effort. There are certain times of the year that require a lot of hours in order to meet deadlines.

Job Tips: While in college, do an internship at a mid-sized firm. This will give you a good idea whether the accounting profession interests you. At a mid-sized firm, you will be able to work on actual audits as an intern.

Get the best grades possible and pass the CPA exam as early as you can during your career.

Popular Schools offering Accounting Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads

Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!

  • Programs: B.S. in Accounting, M.S. in Accounting, M.B.A.: Accounting, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

As a student at South University, Online Programs, you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

  • Programs: Accounting (BS to MS), Accounting (MS)
  • Degrees: Master
California College San Diego
National City, San Diego, San Marcos

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

  • Programs: Business Management & Accounting (AAS), Accounting (BS), Accounting - Forensic Accounting (BS)
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor

The Forbes School of Business® combines the power and flexibility of online learning with high-quality, topical Forbes content.

  • Programs: MA Accountancy - Audit, MA Accountancy - Accounting, BA Finance, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor
National Career College
Panorama City

Choosing a school and a new career path can be a very overwhelming process.

  • Programs:
  • Degrees:

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.

  • Programs: Master - Professional Accounting, Graduate Specialization - Accounting, Bachelors in Accounting, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

  • Programs: Accountancy with a concentration in General Accounting, Master of Business Administration, MBA - Accounting
  • Degrees: Master

A Rutgers business education prepares students for success – not just in their chosen fields but also in their lives.

  • Programs: Master of Governmental Accounting (Online)
  • Degrees: Master

Concordia University, Nebraska offers accredited Master of Education and Master of Science degree programs online to help advance your career and become a transformative leader.

  • Programs: MBA - Master of Business Administration - Accounting, MBA - Master of Business Administration - Finance
  • Degrees: Master

Since 1888, The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs.

  • Programs: Master of Accountancy, MBA - Accounting
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Accountants And Auditors

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Accountants And Auditors, including:

Back to Top