Barry Melancon, President & CEO
1) How were you able to do it all again for the CPA exam?
The CPA exam is an applied exam today. You take the exam in a center, on a computer environment with access to research material. Memorization isn't a key to the exam.
Candidates prepare differently for the exam. Some take courses, some study on their own. One key ....... Take the exam as soon as possible when you finish college so you are in the study and test taking mode.
2) Were you expected to know everything when you got your first job in a CPA firm? And how did they handle you being new to practicing accounting?
CPA firms and corporate finance functions are very efficient at training young professionals for the practical application of what you've learned into actual environments. The profession is know for its commitment to supervisory relationships and progress through experience.
Don't feel pressure to know everything day one. You'll work with others and be successful through progress. Also remember the standards, tax laws and business environment are all constantly changing. Also CPAs are known for being adaptive to new rules and change which means you are constantly learning throughout your career.