The Final Chapter
If anyone was following my posts, they probably thought I was done with my blogging for the OSCPA. I may not always be the most consistent person, but the truth is, I had to wait for the final chapter to develop itself.
My last blog was titled “FAR Sucks”… and I still feel that title 100%. But something happened. My NTS was expiring for that last section even though I felt completely unprepared for it. I went in to take the test with the full expectation of failing it, I thought I would get an idea of what was on it so that I would be better prepared when I took it “for real”. I think it was luck in my simulation material, but either way, you can imagine my excitement when I found out that I passed FAR with a 78. I met my goal of passing each section the first time, a goal that I had given up on.
Also, behind the scenes of the blogs I’ve written over the last several months, has been the quest to join a public accounting firm and pursue my interest in tax. I thought it would be easy with a good GPA, industry experience, and a CPA certification in progress and/or completed. I was wrong.
I had no internship with my unconventional schooling, I can not (ok, refuse to) work countless hours because I have young children at home, and I have no public accounting experience to my name. It felt like the last 8 years of work I have put in to building the foundation of my career was going to waste.
With a little help from a friend and the tenacity that has gotten me this far, I finally found someone who saw past their immediate financial benefit and agreed to give me a chance. This year will be my first tax season, and I absolutely can not wait. It will be hard work, but it is the new beginning I have already worked so hard for. It is another goal I had almost given up on, but it has given me the proper appreciation for the chance I am being given.
So no matter where you are in the testing process, hang in there. You can do it. If you work hard, even when you are failing, you are still succeeding… just in a different way than you had planned.