Although Dan Bachrach began his college studies in Information Technology, he knew quite a few people who were CPAs.
Based on conversations with his friends’ experiences and advice, Dan switched his major and made the decision to pursue accounting as a career.
Following graduation, Dan got a job with a Fortune 500 company in an executive sponsored controller development program. “During the time with this company I quickly learned the nuts and bolts of strategic, as well as tactical, accounting practices,” he says.
One of the main reasons that Dan says he decided to go into accounting and finance is the challenge and opportunity that the career offered. “A career that doesn’t challenge your potential will eventually limit your ability to grow professionally.”
Another key to success is finding a good work-life balance. So when Dan is not reporting financial results, he spends time with his wife and children, outdoors and participating sports. “Additionally I spend a few hours each week in service to my community, primarily through youth outreach programs and activities,” Dan says.
So if you’re looking for advice or are interested in a career in finance and accounting, Dan suggests you take advantage of one of the many resources available to mentor and coach you through your career. “Numerous professionals commit countless hours through their careers in helping potential accountants achieve their goals,” he says. “If you’re interested, start early,” and take advantage of the resources out there.
“A career that doesn't challenge your potential will eventually limit your ability to grow professionally.”
Years as a CPA: 6
Best job: Husband and Father
Worst job: Telephone Solicitor
Hobbies outside of work: Camping, sports, aquarist
Pets: Larry the cat
Words to live by: "You never know where life is going to take you, so sit down, relax, and enjoy the ride."