Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm Finally a CA!

After a long, long, grueling process, I'm finally a CA, on April 16. My hours are complete (form signed, sealed and delivered) and Credit Card payment done. Made it just in the nick of time to make the April 15 CA riding.

Nothing left to do but wait till April 16 to get my letters... and potentially start looking for new jobs.

It was definitely a long, brutal, hellish experience at times, with lots of good moments and bad moments as well. I definitely seen a lot throughout the 5 years it took me to get the CA.

I've seen wide eyed juniors turn into depressing managers.
I've seen lots of cool seniors and good friends leave.
I've seen people have emotional breakdowns.
I've seen managers bitch about things that don't matter at the end of the day... ohhh you managers.

There's not one person in public accounting who I honestly doesn't think at least think a few times through busy season about saying F* it, and leave. I think I was close so many times in the last few months, and that was in December with UFE passed, and 3 months to Go before qualifying! So.. if your still going through the process, man do I know how you feel.

Especially with the change from 30 months to 36 months --> man do I feel bad for you new guys. I'm supervising some juniors for this audit and there just about to go through the SOA process.

I have two managers who are breathing down my neck... but man does it feel great to not have to care so much anymore.

The next month will be especially interesting in terms of what I feel like I'm going to do and where I'm going to take my career. But I can say I am definitely relieved, that I can begin a new chapter in my life.

13 comments:

  1. Congrats! I'm in the same boat, just sent in all my signed experience forms to the institute and made the April deadline.... except that I have yet to pass the UFE. Failed once two years ago, didn't get a chance to rewrite last year, and now preparing for my second attempt.

    At least it's comforting to know I'm no longer chained to my CA firm in order to meet the work experience requirement!

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  2. Congrats thats amazing!!! wish I could be in that seat someday


    R.

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  3. From your post it seems like you feel after getting your CA - you do not need to care anymore. I congratulate you on getting the letters - but now is your real time to shine. Work hard, wherever you go, and try and be the best of what you can be. The CA is the beginning of much much more for you, do not look at it as the end of a journey.

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  4. preach!! only 2 more months for me and it feels soo far away....

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  5. I fondly remember going through the same days. The fun response from colleagues was, "so when are you leaving?" Good times. :)

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  6. Congrats Super Accountant! That's great news indeed!

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  7. Yes. Congratulation on your CPA.

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  8. I have been a CA for over 10 years. Congratualtions on your success. Unfortunately our institute has chosen to merge with other associations and to drop the CA designation in order to adopt a completely strange Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Good luck.

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  9. conflagration you finally a CA that's really nice

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