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I am in my mid 40s and work a clerical job that has nothing to do with accounting. I took it a few years ago because it was easy to get and the hours suited me. There is no future here, though. My goal is to reenter the accounting field. I do have an accounting degree with enough credit hours to sit for the CPA exam and a couple of years experience in general accounting and AP. It has been awhile since I have done accounting so I thought I would obtain some type of certification to show prospective employers I know what I am doing. I am undecided on whether I should sit for the CPA exam first or earn bookkeeper certification now to get back in the field and then sit for the exam at a future time. My thought is the bookkeeping exam will not be as difficult and it might be easier to find a lower level job. I appreciate any advice on my situation.