A. Nonymous writes:
As someone newly working with an accounting firm, I thought I should give students some realistic feedback.
People always get worried about busy season. However, as a first year, you may have various different clients which have distinct year ends and therefore you may have 2 busy seasons in one year. Also, during “busy season” which is technically Mid Jan-Mid March, there is a minimum amount of hours required. However, if you do not have a year-end client around that time, you still have to put in those hours and most likely put in those hours again when your client’s year end is since that is when you will be busy. Also, it is not just about busy season. End of quarters can be hectic too.
Besides the long hours, the firms do encourage work life balance when they can. They are always sponsoring holiday events, happy hours and more so that you can relax a bit because they understand that you do work hard.
They invest a lot of time into developing you by taking you to trainings and sponsoring your CPA learning.
With that said, everyone always says take the CPA as far in advance as possible so you get sick of hearing it. Besides, after college, the last thing you want to do is study for a really difficult exam or 4 but this is the best advice. Because of what I said at the beginning, you really may not have time to study during the week and I doubt you’d want to study on your only days off.
Last point, good work is rewarded with more work. Do not plan on having unassigned time to study at the office for your CPA because good news travels fast and if you are doing good work, you will be booked on clients all year long before you know it.