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I'm debating on getting my CPA. The accounting track doesn't fully appeal to me. I am leaning towards a position in strategy/ Corp development/ finance. Thoughts?

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I don't wanna regret not taking it now later...

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If your firm covers all or most of it it's silly not to take advantage of it. If they don't, then you might as well wait or not get it at all. Unless you want to be a manager or over in public the benefits are minimal.

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MBA would be a better fit

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I have both CPA and top 20 MBA, both are shit in my opinion, work experience is much better

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It's a big time/money investment that's only worth it if it helps with your goals. If you don't like the accounting track, then why bother?

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OP if you have all the prerequisites then I think you should at least try, it's a great certification to have in any financial capacity.

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It's tough and a big commitment. I got a late start and it took me just over 2 years to get it. Many times I thought about going a different direction. I finally finished and I'm so glad I did. I am still thinking about leaving public accounting but the CPA has already opened a ton of doors. You don't want to be thinking "what-if" 15 years from now. That's what kept me going.

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MBA over CPA

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I'm in the same boat. I'm debating if the time and stress is worth it. What career options are there outside of big 4 where a CPA isn't required?

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OP same here - I am giving it a try as long as it's being paid for but am almost certain strategy/consulting/finance is where I want to be

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That is what I am thinking

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MBA over CPA? I thought the other way around?

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I'm thinking of switching practices but still doing my CPA. Can always come in handy

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How long have you been in public accounting for?

10 months

From a top 20

I'm in a similar situation. I will leave public by the end of my third year, and I plan on getting an MBA. But I haven't considered not doing it. It's a nice certification to have. If you leave without it, it'll look like you left because I couldn't get it done (that's not entirely true, but you get the point).

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