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  • elabayarde
    Thank you taxguy!
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    April 2013
  • taxguy
    I can't advise you one way or the other. All I can say is that accounting will provide a much more practical path for potential jobs than political science.
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    April 2013
  • elabayarde
    While I spoke with an accounting advisor earlier this semester, I stopped asking questions, because I reasoned that the profession was not for me, due to the numerous pre-reqs for business. However, mentally, this keeps resurfacing, and I deeply feel that I enjoy accounting overall. If I decide to change my major, I am planning on doing it at the end of this semester, and taking related courses over the summer to keep me on track with my degree plan. Lastly, I apologize for being so loquacious, but with all of this said, would you advise that I switch into the accounting major? Would it be wise to remain in the Political Science program pursue a business-related profession for graduate school? Please advise. On every forum that I have read on College Confidential, you seem to be very knowledgeable about the profession and offer good advice. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
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    April 2013
  • elabayarde
    I would like your advice on whether I should switch into the accounting major. I enjoy accounting, the rigor and complexity involved, and the versatility/job security that the profession provides. My major is Political Science, but I have almost enough credits to have a PS minor, so I would just begin taking Business courses. I am worried that my current GPA in Political Science is 3.98, and knowing that accounting is definitely a strenuous major, it will likely bring down my GPA. I am afraid of being unable to switch back to my safety net. My family feels that this is not my skill set and that I should remain in Political Science. The situation is that Political Science no longer interests me, and I have been questioning if I really want to become an attorney, as I did prior to starting college. I only have the support of one family member, who says that I have to decide what I want to do and can do anything if I work hard and put my mind to it.
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    April 2013
  • elabayarde
    Tax guy, I am very interested in changing my major to accounting. I am a second semester sophomore, taking Financial Accounting this semester, and I've spoken with an advisor this semester and mapped out the courses that I would have to take over the next two years if I were to switch into the accounting program. While I currently have a high B in the financial accounting class, this could be better, and it is better than the majority of my classmates. I - with many others - did not do as well as I would have liked to on the last exam (77.5), and on the ones prior to that, I made a B (the teacher had to curve the grades, because the class scores were so awful) and an A. I am honestly convinced that the low scores are due to the fact that we do NOT have the best professor. I've taught myself much of the material in the course.
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    April 2013
  • taxguy
    If you are talking about accounting, yes, I would agree.
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    April 2013
  • taxguy
    Yes, a JD-CPA can be nice particularly if you are interested in taxation, estate planning or financial planning. However, the credentials are secondary to worth ethic and attitude. If you want to become an IRS agent, however, you don't need a law degree.
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    March 2013
  • FutureIRSAgent
    Hi Taxguy, You are one of the few people that I can this question. I had a conversation with a former real estate agent and I told him that my goal is to get my CPA license; he then advised me to also get a law degree in addition to the CPA license. He said CPAs with Law Degrees make alot of money. With your background and experience, you are one of the few people that can answer this question, Does a JD and CPA make a good combo and what duties do a CPA with a JD do?
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    March 2013
  • taxguy
    Buddhalluv1, do the masters approach
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    February 2013
  • buddhaluv1
    My undergrad GPA is a 3.6, but my degree is in Forensic Science. I've worked in a lab for 10yrs. I live in Austin and want to sit for the CPA in TX, CA, or NY. I have an interest in forensic accounting.

    I think these are my three options. I could obtain an associate's degree (least expensive), a 2nd bachelor's degree (are there any benefits?), or a master's degree (after taking a few prereqs). Which do you believe would be the most beneficial and make me the most marketable?

    I'm 33 with no prior knowledge/experience in this field. I have great analytical/logical reasoning skills. School has always been easy for me but not standardized tests. Do you recommend I join any professional organizations and/or begin volunteering? What do you think is the best way to transition from the lab to the field of accounting? I want to stop working in the lab asap. I want to submerse myself in and be a part of an accounting environment/team. Thank you for your much appreciated input!
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    February 2013
  • taxguy
    You won't be able to do ID and a second major in most schools. It is just too demanding.
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    January 2013
  • ritahung0914
    hello taxguy
    I have a few questions about industrial design and schools
    so basically my dad wants me to attend universities, instead of stand-alone art school. And what should I be focusing right now? My dad told me I should learn some software to prepare for it.
    I am currently a sophomore and I am thinking about attending to the RISD summer program and see what industrial design is really about. Also, how do you do second major if I am sure I want a second major. Lastly, what are the different programs in schools because I did some research and they said that the Stanford one is more focus on engineering, but I am not so sure about other schools. So should I give a call to all the schools I am interested in to find out? Thanks for reading this!
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    January 2013
  • taxguy
    madeline93, the short answer is YES , you can get a job graduating from there. I would suggest , however, that you transfer to Baruch if you have at least 2 years to go. Baruch is MUCH more well known for accounting and has a LOT more connections with alumni.
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    January 2013
  • madeline93
    Hi taxguy, I'm a prospective student looking into an accounting major. I've spent a year taking some science classes but realized that it's not my strength. I'm not sure if accounting could be a right fit for me. I'm not sure if I'd be able to succeed at it because I have no prior knowledge of anything business related.
    But I am very hardworking and have very good work ethics. I always study and tend to pay attention to detail. I like doing jobs where it's more objective rather than subjective. I like working with numbers and crunching numbers because it's pretty straightforward.

    I currently attend CUNY Hunter and while they offer an accounting major, their school is not accredited. But on their website they said "The B.S.(Accounting) degree offered at Hunter College fulfills the educational requirements needed for admission to the CPA examination in New York State."
    Could I still find an accounting job with a degree from a non-accredited school?

    Thanks for your help!
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    January 2013
  • taxguy
    Hardwork242, I just addressed your post in the Baruch Forum.
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    January 2013
  • hardwork242
    Hey Tax Guy I posted a question for you on the willing to answer questions section if you can please answer I appreciate it I really need some advice
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    January 2013
  • taxguy
    If you are talking about the law school question, I just send you an answer.
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    January 2013
  • Ghost73
    Taxguy, I sent you a pm but I'm not sure if it sent or not, could you pm me? Thank you.
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    January 2013
  • taxguy
    I think you have a shot because of your high GMATs
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    December 2012
  • positiveme319
    Hi Taxguy,

    I had a question about baruch college admissions. since you are a baruch alumni i thought that you might have an idea of what the admissions council is looking for when admitting students into their programs.

    I have been out of college for about 4 years. Unfortunately, I graduated with a very low undergrad gpa (2.0 < gpa < 2.5) in management and do not have alot of work experience under my belt. I am planning on taking my GMAT soon (And also shooting for a score in the upper 700s) and was wondering if i had any shot at getting into baruch.

    i am not sure what i can do at this point, but would like to know if i stand a chance. thank you.
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    December 2012
  • taxguy
    Christinetran let me address each question by itself:
    1. Any basic required courses that you can get rid of using the IB or AP exams is good.

    2. Placing out of a language is also good.
    3.I didn't study that much. I used an audio tape review course. This, however, is not the usual case. My son worked for months taking a review course to pass the exam. He took Becker Review if you are interested. He worked full time and then worked about 3-4 hours daily preparing for the CPA exam.
    4. As for critical thinking skills, college should help you develop those
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    November 2012
  • christinetran
    Hi taxguy, it seems that you are pretty famous on accounting for college confidential and your advice has been fantastic. I will be majoring in IB and accounting so I have several questions. First, I was wondering it you think that taking stats and microeconomics in the summer at my University instead of a semester would be a bad or good thing in terms of preparing me for the CPA. I want to be able to knock out the classes but I do not want to rush through them if it provides information that could help prepare me greatly on the CPA exam. Also, I am thinking about taking French but do you think that would help me in my career in any way? Another question is how long did you study for your CPA exam a week and how early in advance? And finally, should you start with critical thinking skills from the start of accounting or is it possible to develop critical thinking skills for accounting during the school classes if you had none to begin with?
    Thanks so much in advance!
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    November 2012
  • taxguy
    DrivenLady, to your possible surprise, there are accountants who are people oriented too. You just have to have the ability to hunker down and do the work also. They don't call it "public accounting" for no reason.
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    October 2012
  • DrivenLady
    Hello,

    I came across your postings when I googled "is an accounting major for me," and you seemed very educated so I thought I would send you a friend request. I am currently majoring in accounting. It is very tough work! I'm just in a position right now, as to I don't really know what I want to be. I like the whole numbers thing in accounting (and yes, I know it is not just numbers) but I also am a people person and so I've thought about double majoring. Which I don't know if that is a good idea either. Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your postings.

    Have a great day!
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    October 2012
  • taxguy
    NYCBuckeyeguy, I can tell you that in this economy, you need to think twice about leaving teaching. However, if you really hate it, either choice isn't bad. Don't just look at the cost of living in Manhattan. YOu have to take the instate tuition vs UNC too.
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    July 2012
  • NYCBuckeyeGuy
    Hey Tax Guy,

    I'm living in NYC, 27 and substitute teaching with a bachelors in History and Masters in Education. I haven't been happy as a teacher, took accounting in college and have always wanted to study accounting. Right now I'm shooting myself in the foot because I was accepted into UNC's MAC program a month before class started in May but couldn't commit in time. I can go to Baruch, but I'm certain that I don't want to spend the rest of my life putting up with the high rents and long commutes of NYC. I love the city of Charlotte and was thinking about shelling out the extra money to get my Masters at UNC Charlotte so I have access to a city with a greater quality of life. What do you suggest? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    July 2012
  • taxguy
    FutureIRS Agent, you don't need big 4 experience. This attitude of big 4 or bust is insane.

    MSUfanx23, I don't know enough about international business to give you an opinion. Most people who major in accounting , have minors such as computer science, forensics or criminology, or even finance. Personally, I would recommend a liberal art minor to beff up your writing skills. A good liberal arts might be philosophy or english. Most partners that I meet complain about the lack of writing skills of their associates.
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    April 2012
  • msufanx23
    Hi taxguy, I'm looking at the International Business degree at my school and it requires a 2nd major and a minor. I would have an accounting 2nd major and a minor. I'm not sure what I'd do with the IB major but I'd always wanted to travel while working and I definitely want to major in accounting. My question is if you think this is a good academic combo? I've seen things about how pointless IB is and how accounting is different worldwide. If this isn't a reasonable route I plan to double major in finance and accounting w/ a spanish minor.
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    April 2012
  • FutureIRSAgent
    Hi Taxguy, I read your post about "Everything you need to know about Accounting" and I must can say you are a true accounting genius. I finished from college last year and I didn't get into any Big 4 accounting firm, the question that I really want to ask you is if I have a doomed career in Accounting without Big 4 experience. People make it seem that without Big 4 experience, you are nothing. From your own experience, do you believe that without Big 4 experience that my accounting career will be useless?
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    April 2012
  • taxguy
    Pirinjaspawn, the reason that I recommended government is that general accountants for corporations dont' have a lot of job security. yes, you can get a job, but the security isn't there long term.
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    April 2012