Job Title: Director Of Professional Development
Type of Company: I work for a regional accounting firm that provides business consulting and tax services to various business clients and high net worth individuals who require advance tax planning and preparation.
Education: AS, Accounting, Fisher College (Boston) BA, Accounting, Northeastern University CPA - Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts
Previous Experience: My first full-time position after I got my associates degree was as an accounts payable clerk in a manufacturing company where I processed bills and invoices for the company and did cash planning and basic accounting.
While attending Northeastern University at night to obtain my bachelor's degree I worked as an Assistant Controller, providing accounting for a manufacturing company. Assistant Controller duties include processing accounts payable, accounts receivable, daily accounting for the business and preparing financial statements and analysis for the company.
I later joined a national accounting firm as a para-professional providing forensic accounting services. Forensic accounting includes working with attorneys and companies to investigate accounting issues, fraud, theft etc. In this role I also worked in divorce cases assisting in providing accounting services to determine the value of professional practices, i.e. Dentist so that the divorce settlement process can be completed.
I pursued my CPA certificate by taking and passed the CPA Exam. After that I started working as an auditor in a regional CPA firm. Here I provided audit and tax services to small to medium companies. I also prepared corporate and individual tax returns for many clients including individuals with a high net worth.
My most recent position does not involve auditing and tax work, but I am now responsible for the continuing education needed by individuals and CPAs who work in public accounting firms.
Job Tasks: My firm has approximately 100 employees, many of whom are CPA's and must complete 80 hours of continuing education every 2 years in order to renew their license. I manage the education process for the firm, providing course research, instruction and assistance. I work with outside providers to bring the firm a variety of courses/training that includes the technical knowledge our staff must keep up with, including tax law changes and soft skill training (communications, providing feedback, leadership qualities, etc.)
An additional area that I am responsible for is supporting our entry-level staff, recent college graduates, in the process of obtaining their CPA certification. An accounting graduate with a bachelors must essentially get the equivalent of a Masters degree, pass the CPA exam and work in public accounting for 3 years in order to become a CPA in the state of Massachusetts. I administer and guide staff on the Master's programs. The firm will provide financial assistance during their employment, provide support and access to study programs specifically designed to help them pass all four parts of the CPA exam and provide guidance on the certification process and subsequent renewal every two years.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: One of the worst parts of the job is working with a limited budget during this downturn while trying to provide quality programs that support our staff's career development.
Another bad part, is having to keep up with ever-changing tax laws and accounting rules and guidance. Obviously every tax law change requires us to provide the support and knowledge to our staff in order to provide the best advice and service to our clients. Since Enron and the accounting scandals of large companies, the focus on fraud and detection has changed the way auditors perform their duties.
The best part is being able to congratulate one of our employees on succeeding at obtaining his CPA certification. This certification enhances an account's career development and the firm's ability to provide superior client service. Obtaining my CPA certification was a very proud moment for me and I enjoy seeing others do the same.
Another great part of this position is surveying our staff to see if they felt the training the firm provided was effective. It is very rewarding to hear a staff person say that they now feel they can go out and perform an inventory count at a client based on the training program, or that they have never done one, but the training provided the information and confidence that they need to successfully complete one when the time comes.
Job Tips: If you enjoy learning something new everyday, this is a wonderful career choice. Working with different clients, companies and individuals is always different and challenging.
This career choice can be very difficult in the early stages of your career. There are long hours during busy season, Jan to April 15th when tax work needs to be completed. The CPA exam is difficult. But once you're successful and established, the opportunities are endless. Focus on tax work, forensic accounting or switching to support of others in the firm as I have as Director of Professional Development. Once established, your career should provide great flexibility.
Additional Thoughts: The most important personal qualities for success in this career are a desire to learn, research and keep current on your own, a commitment to putting the client first and perseverance.
Click 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
Congratulations! Your interest in Independence University is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.
Change the World with American University
Be a part of something bigger than yourself.
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.
Welcome to Argosy University
Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.
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
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.
Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.
Pursue a certificate, master, or doctorate degree in Psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology.
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.
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:
Please also see our detailed information about Training And Development Managers, including: