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I’m a minority. Not a religious/racial/ethic minority, but a minority on this website. I do not work in public accounting (gasp).
Here’s a little background on me. In undergrad I had two public accounting internships in a regional accounting firm’s audit department. Ultimately, after graduation, in May 2010, I got a job as an accountant for a manufacturing company. At the time, Michigan did not allow for people who were not in public accounting to obtain the experience requirement for the CPA, so I felt my goal was unattainable. Instead, I pursued my MBA at a part-time MBA program, which I felt would better suit my chosen career goals. Two years later I was nearing graduation, still loving my career and my company, and looking for my next big goal. I revisited the idea of obtaining my CPA exam, and discovered that Michigan changed the experience requirements, and my position would qualify.
I thought I would really struggle studying for the CPA exam, since I had never worked for a CPA firm. I know my MBA helped since it solidified some topics covered in undergrad. Also, with 2 years work experience under my belt, I was able to tie some of the topics covered in my review class and how they relate to what I do on a daily basis.
You don’t know what you don’t know. Since I was in public accounting for so short of a time (9 months total as an intern!) I’m not sure if it would have really behooved me when taking the exam.
So my question is, for non-public accounting people, do you feel we are at a disadvantage? What have you done to compensate for being a "minority"?