New Beginnings – Part 2

New Beginnings – Part 2

Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, attaining your CPA is a lofty goal, and one you can certainly achieve by the end of 2012. In the spirit of the approaching new year and the new beginnings it will bring, I will continue our series on how you can make a resolution and keep it!

  1. Write it down. Put your goal on paper and map out how many hours a week you are going to devote to studying. Sacrifices will need to be made. On a calendar, write out how many study units a week you should complete based on your time available.
  2. Share your plans. Tell your friends or family that you may need to sacrifice time with them so that you can pass the CPA exam. Remind them that a CPA certification will lead to more job security and the likelihood of a raise, and I guarantee most will gladly let you off the hook. Friends and family also make a great cheering section!
  3. Schedule your exam early. By registering for and scheduling your exam well in advance, you will have (1) a testing date that is convenient for you and (2) a finish line that forces you to focus throughout the year.