CPAs often get a bad wrap. Most people picture small nerdy men with huge glasses, typing away at a calculator all day while telling businesses their finances are too risky. This is a very inaccurate portrait of a CPA. They’re quite cool and integral to the every day operations of companies. There are four things about being a CPA that’ll surprise you.
They Have Excellent People Skills
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Because CPAs have to perform risk assessment, people think they’re boring recluses. This isn’t the case. Finance is a growing sector that’s influencing all industries. CPAs have a wide scope of the influence of finance, making them creative and wide-reaching people. Their importance in the company means they work with many people — from managers to marketers to factory managers — meaning they need excellent people skills.
They Need A Lot of Skills Besides Counting
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When people think of CPAs, they think of complicated and tedious math. CPAs, however, need many more skills to be successful in their career path. CPAs are detail-oriented people who need to be able think analytically. They need to have a solid, ethical background to best represent the company. They also need computer, written, and verabl communication skills.
CPAs are also needed to reformat public policy and opinion. Governments are trying to bring their tax code into the 21st century by including environmental conditions. CPAs are called upon to rewrite this policy.
They Can Grow in Their Career
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As mentioned before, the financial sector is growing in importance and influence. Companies are relying more on the opinion of CPAs to innovate their business practices and principles. CPAs like John Ferraro Ernst & Young are a great example of how much a person can do in the CPA career track.
John Ferraro created a unique graduate program at big universities, is involved in non-profit work with historical preservation, filled executive roles in North America and Europe, and participates in globalization research by analyzing idea flow. This is proof of how much a CPA can do with their skills and knowledge.
They are Key to Business Operations
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People believe that CPAs only help businesses with their finances but don’t become involved in operations. This isn’t the case. More and more, CPAs and their accounting teams are becoming invested in the day-to-day operations of a business. Mangers need the help of CPAs to test out their ideas and develop the best practices for areas of their ability, like training systems or supplier responsibility.
CPAs have a unique ability to transform on-paper goals into real, sustainable business practices. Businesses need the stable and balanced viewpoint of a CPA when making sweeping decisions about new practices or finances.
CPAs aren’t the boring, anti-social, numbers-only people many picture. Their job title gives them amazing opportunities to influence and innovate businesses. A CPA also has a range of skills that make them an integral asset to any successful company.