Need advise – should I pursue CPA

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    Hi everyone,

    Just looking for some general advise. I got my Macc, failed to get a public offer and i’ve been working as a staff in industry for a little over a year and to be honest i don’t particularly enjoy the work. I’ve had some experience in internal audit and forensics as well. I enjoyed those two experiences a lot more than being a staff accountant. I was just wondering, if I want to end up in forensics or IA, is it worth it to pursue my CPA or can I just get by with the CIA and/or CFE? what would you guys recommend?

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    The CPA is the most respected designation…you might be able to do what you want with the other licenses, but a CPA generally gets you paid more, and you advance faster.

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    In forensics, the CFF is more respected than the CFE, but you should get the CPA first. Same goes for the CIA.

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    I’ve got my MAcc too and I was able to make a good career without my CPA as I am only now getting licensed 12yrs into my career. I would say more importantly, I would focus on getting public accounting experience as an auditor. There is a big bias in career progression for those that have it. And yes, I definitely recommend that you pursue your CPA as it is required for most top level accounting roles, so you will eventually need it. It will also likely help you land a public job. Right now is a good time to look for a public job before you are too deep in your private career. Good luck!

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