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Hey! Now that I'm done w/ the CPA (well still ethics to go, but hopefully by next weekend done with that) has anyone gone on to pursue things like the: Certified Forensic Accountant (Cr.FA) or the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)? I'm not currently working in that field but want to be working there, and just curious if anyone here has taken it, thoughts on it, it vs the CPA, etc. Not that I want to be studying for another year, but more so the reason I got my CPA is b/c I wanted to do Forensics.
@Amber, Hi Amber, I agree, you are in a crunch. Unfortunately, if there is any magic trick to passing, it's putting in as many hours on studying as you possibly can. Which is a luxury you don't have at this point. Personally, I would focus on studying for the exam that is expiring, and then push off the others for later. You really do have to put in 120-150 hours of study time per exam. That's just my personal opinion though; and you know your own situation best. Everyone is different in their study habits and results. Also, I'm not sure if you are working at a job on top of studying or not working at all. So my best advice- figure out how to get the hours in and cover the material & homework (for each section) at least twice before the exam. You will be amazed at how things click the second time through the material and/or practicing what they call #overandoverandover (which means doing the homework questions over and over and over). Not the lectures, you usually don't need to sit through the lectures a second time, but the textbook and homework definitely. Good luck, and best advice, PERSEVERE.
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@Amber - You are in a pretty narrow timeline and I'm not sure how much time you have each day to devote to study. For FAR, I think I would start with a diagnostic test with your Wiley testbank to highlight your weak areas. Study those first and work your way to your strongest. With REG, I think you would just have to dive in. Above all, continue to think positive and motivate yourself with the thought that with concentrated effort in a month and half you can put this all behind you!
Congrats to everyone. I hope to be there one day... Under a tight crunch to get 2 tests done in this window before my Audit expires in Dec. Retaking FAR 11/5, then Reg for the 1st time 11/30. And I just now started studying again for FAR. Yikes Using the Becker materials, and have Wiley testbank too. Anyone have any suggestions for starting my plan of attack? Please! :)
I passed all parts of the CPA exam. I took FAR section in November last year and then took other sections in each testing window. I studied all sections from roger cpa review which was instrumental in my passing all sections in first try. Now I am planning on taking the CMA exam. Let me know if I can be of any help.
Congrats Della!!! Way to go! :-)
@ Della SWEET! Congratulations!!! It is such a great feeling when you pass... ride cloud 9 as long as you can!!!
Thrilled to say - I've passed and I'm ready to help!
AUD - Feb 2012 - 80
BEC - Feb 2012 - 80
REG - Apr 2012 - 83
FAR - May 2012 - 82
@Parul Unfortunately I just think you are at the right place at the wrong time. It is a tough economy right now in the United States with jobs; prior to 2008 you would have had an easier time. Unfortunately people with experience are getting those entry level jobs that normally go to students fresh out of school or newly licensed. Getting a job is easier if you know someone, so networking is important. Network with prior college mates and anyone you can think of.
In my experience, the staff or senior accountant position at audit firms is usually a high turnover position which can be a good thing for you because they have openings on an annual basis. They are usually hiring in the fall, around September. There are a lot of people competing for those jobs, so you need a stellar resume and interview.
Now that the exam is over, you will need to put the same effort and perseverance into your job hunt. Do research on resume writing interviewing techniques. Get help from your college with your resume if you haven't yet had it reviewed by a professional. Go on many interviews (even if you don't really want the job) to sharpen your interview skills. You can also volunteer. I'm sure any non-profit organization would love to have a volunteer CPA on staff. That will gain you some experience in the meantime and is something you can add to your resume. Keep in mind too that in these tough times, you may have to accept a lower level job than you originally want, just to get that experience you need. If you have to start out prepping taxes for H&R block, then you do it for a year, and then voila! you have some tax experience and perhaps then firms will take a more serious look at you.
Last but not least, don't lose heart. Keep trying. You are strong and you are a success already with passing the CPA exam. Know that your plight is common for students fresh out of school in the U.S. as well. Hang in there, and good luck!
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