Category Archives: Career Advice

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As CEO of Surgent, my career has come full circle. Upon college graduation over 20 years ago, my path was set towards public accounting. During my senior year at University of Michigan Business School, I had already interned the previous summer for a Big 4. I even had my offer in hand! The only thing […]

Apart from being the premier collegiate organization for finance and accounting students, Beta Alpha Psi is a great way to open doors and create opportunities for your career. Employers know Beta Alpha Psi members have taken the extra step to become career professionals and explore the industry. Below, we’ll discuss 6 reasons joining Beta Alpha […]

With so many CPA exam courses out there, it can be difficult to know which one is going to work best for you. Your study habits and learning style are unique, and finding a course that adapts to that individuality can seem impossible. However, Surgent’s CPA Exam Review course is here to break the mold […]

What are the CPA Exam Blueprints? The AICPA builds the CPA examination from the “specs” contained in a document called Blueprints. The CPA Exam Blueprints are updated and published once or twice a year, and the version used to build the 2019 exam was just released this month. There is a Blueprint for each exam […]

Despite the pop-culture portrayal of accountants, the available career paths for number crunchers are surprisingly diverse. Two of the biggest credentials in the industry are the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential. To give you a better idea of deciding between CMA vs CPA, let’s consider the differences between […]

Deciding to become a CPA is a huge step in your career; it’s a tough path that will mark you as an expert in your field (and the pay raise isn’t bad either). However, taking the CPA exam amid a full-time job can seem daunting at its best and completely overwhelming at its worst. Luckily, […]

Failing the CPA isn’t a great feeling, but with four separate sections, each with a pass rate around 50%, it’s likely candidates will have one failure under their belt before they pass. It can be intimidating to jump back into the game after you’ve failed the CPA exam, but with the right study plan we […]

With flexible scheduling, the ability to niche, and work that truly helps others, owning a small business advising practice is a great career path for accounting students. But building a business takes hard work, patience and persistence; it’s a path reserved for those who are willing to put in the time and make it their […]

Becoming a CPA is the dream of many working professionals, but the thought of getting back to studying and preparing for the exam can seem daunting. Luckily, adaptive learning technology is paving the way for working professionals to study more efficiently and pass the exam in a shorter amount of time than traditional study methods. […]

Careers for CPAs can seem pretty cut and dry: start out as a staff accountant in public and work your way up, or switch over to industry at some point. However, the skills required to become a CPA and the prestige that comes with the credential open up plenty of doors for non-traditional professions. If […]