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I'm 17 years old and I'm not sure what I want to do with my life. I was thinking of taking accounting in college but I'm having second thoughts. I love math and solving problems but at the same time I don't want to be bored. Is being a CPA boring? Is this career right for me?

I think your concerns are valid and given that you are evaluating activities you love to do in correlation to a career demonstrate some great reasoning skills you have developed very early in life. The field of accounting as well as obtaining your CPA can lead you in many different directions. Those directions can be as varied as being a sole practitioner, fraud and forensics investigator, FBI agent, CFO, CEO, business manager for a professional sports team, or a business owner to name just a few.

I always like to say that accounting is the “language of business” and earning your CPA demonstrates to the world that you are fluent in the “language of business.” The accounting discipline and the obtaining of a CPA license can springboard your career into any business or industry line in which you want to become involved as all industries and business lines typically have some level of fiscal accountability and reporting involved. If you love problem solving as mentioned, you will be presented many opportunities to reason and solve situations when helping maintain fiscal accountability and developing fiscal reporting within any organization. I have never been bored by my career to date and doubt that will ever happen as every day presents new situations and opportunities.

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