The mere thought of the CPA exam can be stressful, and now to shake things up even further, the exam is going through a metamorphism in 2017. A metamorphism that is said to make the exam more difficult and will test candidates at a higher level of knowledge. The changes in the exam stem from the thought that as the business environment changes so does the work that newly licensed CPAs perform. Gone are the days of solely remembering and understanding information, CPAs need to analyze information, be able to think critically, and problem solve in their day-to-day jobs.
"The purpose of Life is to be Useful, Honorable, and Compassionate; and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived Well."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
This morning, for reasons associated primarily with the time change that occurred this weekend, it was lighter outside my window as my second alarm rang to get me going. After all, it was Monday morning and I needed to be heading off to work. It helped that the sun was shining on the bright leaves still clinging to the trees, and the frosty ground crisp and white would soon warm up to the 60 degree weather that has been promised to us this coming week.
I was asked recently to give an informal presentation to our team about the different aspects of the day to day work that I do and why I do it. This was a great opportunity for me to stop and reflect on the purpose of my career, the purpose of our firm, and the impact we have on peoples’ lives.