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

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Try Your Introductory Course Risk Free

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration in Accounting
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

You can get started on a new career with Institute of Technology.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.iot.edu/disclosure

  • Programs: Accounting
  • Degrees: Associate

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) recently received state approval to enroll students with little to no prior college experience. To help ensure student success, the university has created a program especially for these students who plan on starting their college experience for the first time with us.

  • Programs: Master - Professional Accounting, BS - Accounting, Master - Finance
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

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: Online Master of Accountancy, Online MBA specialization in Accounting
  • Degrees: Master
Milan Institute

Prepare for an exciting new career at the Milan Institute.

  • Programs: Accounting
  • Degrees: Diploma

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: MS in Accounting, MBA - Accounting, DBA in Accounting , more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate, Bachelor
Golden Gate University
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara

Since 1901, Golden Gate University (GGU) has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing education in accounting, law, taxation, and business-related areas.

  • Programs: Accounting, Finance, Taxation
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor
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), Business Management & Accounting - Property Management (AAS), more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor

The Accounting Academy was founded in 2005 and has been continuously approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private-Pstsecondary Education. 


  • Programs: Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Degrees: Certificate
San Joaquin Valley College
Bakersfield, Delano, Hanford, Hesperia, Lancaster, Madera, Ontario, Salida, Temecula, Visalia

San Joaquin Valley College - A Private Junior College.

  • Programs: Certificate - Business Administration (Accounting), Degree - Business Administration (Accounting)
  • Degrees: Certificate, Associate
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