Sponsored Ad:
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: How important is working experience in Accounting?

  1. #1
    Eager!
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Posts
    55
    Rep Power
    1


    Good post? Yes | No

    How important is working experience in Accounting?

    Sponsored Ad:
    Hello guys! I heard from some past ph.d students and professors that accounting emphasizes more on full-time working experience than finance. I wonder is not having any full-time working experience but just a few internships a critical weakness?

    I do see statements like "most successful applicants have several years of working experience" on some programs' websites, while others don't. Could someone shed some light on this please

  2. #2
    Trying to make mom and pop proud
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Posts
    16
    Rep Power
    2


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: How important is working experience in Accounting?

    I'm applying to accounting this year so I don't know everything but from what I understand experience is not necessary. At the best programs it probably doesn't matter since they care more about research. At the mid tier and lower programs think like 20-100 it may help slightly but I think it's less of the experience and more of having a designation like CPA which just means 1 year of work in my state

    If lack of experience is your weakest link you should be fine to get in somewhere but if you're weak in many places like low gmat, no research etc then you'll need to bring something else to the table.

  3. #3
    A long long time ago XanthusARES's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    1,397
    Blog Entries
    14
    Rep Power
    10


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: How important is working experience in Accounting?

    I don't know about expectations, but I will tell you that all of the Accounting PhD students at my school have some work experience.
    Til now I always got by on my own
    I never really cared until I met you...

  4. #4
    Eager!
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Posts
    55
    Rep Power
    1


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: How important is working experience in Accounting?

    Quote Originally Posted by TaxGal View Post
    I'm applying to accounting this year so I don't know everything but from what I understand experience is not necessary. At the best programs it probably doesn't matter since they care more about research. At the mid tier and lower programs think like 20-100 it may help slightly but I think it's less of the experience and more of having a designation like CPA which just means 1 year of work in my state

    If lack of experience is your weakest link you should be fine to get in somewhere but if you're weak in many places like low gmat, no research etc then you'll need to bring something else to the table.
    Thanks for the advice. I feel like I'm certainly not weak on Gmat and get a few research exposure, however, none of these seems very outstanding... I guess there may be just too many applicants out there just like me.
    Good luck on your application!

  5. #5
    An Urch Guru Pundit Swami Sage
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    1,148
    Rep Power
    11


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: How important is working experience in Accounting?

    TaxGal pretty much nailed it. It matters more as you go down in ranks and it tends to matter more for certain types of research. Tax and Audit people usually have experience but it isn't quite as common in the financial realm.

    Some schools definitely have a preference for it. I interviewed at one school and was told that I was rejected because I was basically compared to another applicant that had a CPA and I didn't. I'm not sure if that was the truth, but it is what was said.

    There are also some states where you can get a CPA license without experience but it is a slightly different license. I don't remember the details at this point, but I think Colorado and Massachusetts were places that it could be done.

  6. #6
    Trying to make mom and pop proud
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Posts
    7
    Rep Power
    1


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: How important is working experience in Accounting?

    Could you please see my profile and give me some advice for applying PhD in Marketing

  7. #7
    Eager!
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Posts
    55
    Rep Power
    1


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: How important is working experience in Accounting?

    Thanks YaS. You really give me good advice from many perspectives. Glad to know you from this forum.
    from your and TaxGal's words, CPA actually means more than certain working experience? I think CPA test registration may take about 2 months, so I highly doubt if I can manage to take any test before submitting my applications. Maybe I can update my info with schools later if I pass?

  8. #8
    now it's Dr. TaxPhD
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    435
    Rep Power
    10


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: How important is working experience in Accounting?

    I can tell you that when I was graduating from my PhD in accounting, that some schools explicitly stated in their job ads a preference for someone with a CPA or CMA designation. Not really at the super elite MBA only type schools (Chicago, Stanford, etc...). But I did see this wording in job postings from high quality research schools, it wasn't only teaching schools.

    Having said that. When you go on the job market, the quality (or I should say perceived quality) of your research will ultimately prevail. When schools state a preference for a CPA, that is in an all else equal type of decision. However, if you have a good dissertation and a good pipeline, then no one is going to shut the door on you just because you aren't a CPA.

    All in all, I do not perceive the CPA being worth your time at this point. That is, the time and cost involved, just to maybe marginally help you in PhD admissions or on the job market, is not worth it. This is just my opinion, I admit that others may have differing views. And for full transparency, I do not have my CPA.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-21-2008, 11:45 PM
  2. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-07-2007, 03:11 AM
  3. 3.72, 720, 32 years old, 10 year working experience
    By happyking in forum MBA Admissions
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-12-2004, 04:41 PM
  4. What is the RANGE of average working experience?
    By roborob in forum MBA Admissions
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-19-2003, 09:03 AM
  5. admission without working experience?
    By donggo in forum MBA Admissions
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-18-2003, 01:25 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •