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DZCPA (talk|edits) said:

5 October 2011
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DZCPA (talk|edits) said:

5 October 2011
My daughter Jacqueline took the Becker Review course shortly after graduating California State University - Fullerton. She had a 3.5 GPA with a double major in Accounting and Finance. Passed the complete exam at one time. She has been working for me the last 5 years. Not bad for a 23 year old! Very Proud Dad!!

FLAcct (talk|edits) said:

5 October 2011
Congratulations to both you and your daughter!

Laketahoecpa (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
That's great! Congratulations. You should be very proud.

Uncle Sam (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
Will she be a poster here?

DZCPA (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
I gave her the link today. I will encourage her to join. Thanks for all the best wishes.

Lively (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
That's great!

Belle (talk|edits) said:

October 6, 2011
Didn't you post a while back about her working for/with you?

You have every right to be quite proud of her! Congratulations to both of you; she obviously worked hard, but I'm sure you were supporting her the entire way (and I don't mean just financially).

Tax Writer (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
Congrats! That's great news. Passing the exam in one sitting is pretty impressive.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

October 6, 2011
I remember one of your concerns was how to handle the working relationship with your daughter while maintaining an environment of fairness in the office. I'm glad to hear she did so well.

Flybynight (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
Congrats! I remember those office posts as well, glad to hear that it's going well.

Uncle Sam (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
Is Newton D. Becker (Newt) still actually teaching the course?

I would expect him to be retired by this time.

I also would expect that his pass number should be around 250,000 CPAs from his course.

Regardless - that man was brilliant in his teaching methods and learning techniques. The best teacher I EVER had.

LJACPA (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
How wonderful! Succession planning at its best. Don't think I could convince my police officer son to 'ride' a desk and not a patrol car. Took Becker way back when (remembering the sneeze as well as his unusual nutrition lessons...), passed all 4 first time only because Becker review. I thought Newt had passed awhile back. Congratulations!

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
Mercy. Marriage is bad enough. But to chain yourself to this miserable profession I don't know. One ball and chain is enough in life without forging yourself another.

I was hoping DZ would say she was running away to Europe to pursue art, or that she had met an Italian racedriver and she was running off with him.

Don't get me wrong, she deserves high praise for her accomplishments.

But it's like congratulating someone for walking from Los Angeles to Columbus OH. It deserves praise, but why do it to begin with?

P.S. And let me say one more thing, if there was ever ANYONE on the face of this earth who could extinguish the bright flame of youth it would be....Newton D. Becker.

His very name will age you 10 years and add 3 inches to your waistline. (Sorry Newton, nothing personal). <G>

NMexEA (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
Now Crow, just because we're bitter, dour, and cynical in professional life is no reason to rain on this youngster's parade. We're lawyers, remember, and can't function professionally UNLESS we're bitter, dour, and cynical. I imagine the clergy is pretty much the same in that respect.

So you and I should just lurk in the darker corners of the glittering ballroom, sort of like the Ancient Mariner, and keep silent. Don't worry, friend, the child will receive enlightenment eventually. We all do. Well, except maybe Flybynight. He possesses a suspicious cheerfulness and optimism. Something wrong there, I'll be bound.

Craigums (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
Crow, comments like that project your own feelings onto everyone else, unfairly.

Sure, accounting can be boring at times. It's not saving the world by stopping runaway trains, but we do serve society.

If you don't like your job, move to Europe and make bronze sculptures. Of all professions, there are very few that I think I would enjoy my life more had I chosen. Being an artist is fun and creative, but being an accountant allows for me to not worry about how I'm going to pay the rent or put my (eventual) kids through college.

I told someone that I was an accountant the other day and they said "I'm sorry.", to which I responded that "I actually like it." They went on and on about what a shame it was, but I think they were only really griping about their own inability to deal with this coldly rational world that doesn't afford everyone the perfect life of sipping pina coladas and living every dream.

DZ, congrats to your daughter. She's lucky to have a dad that has given her such great support. I hope she has a fulfilling career, however it plays out!

Craig

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
Quote: "I told someone that I was an accountant the other day and they said "I'm sorry.", to which I responded that "I actually like it." They went on and on about what a shame it was, but I think they were only really griping about their own inability to deal with this coldly rational world that doesn't afford everyone the perfect life of sipping pina coladas and living every dream.I plead guilty to projecting."

My goodness that IS terrible. I had no idea it had gotten this bad. The nerve of some people who would say "I'm sorry" when they hear you are an accountant. Well that is rude.

The use of "what a shame" is particularly uncalled for and out of bounds.

Yes, I might have been projecting a little unfairly in my remarks. I plead guilty to it. Now I'm starting to actually feel sorry for the accountants.

Smokeytax (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
Congratulations! Any time I hear about someone in your daughter's generation finding a place for herself in the work world I'm happy. It's not easy for them right now.

Plus it shows her respect for you - you must be a great Dad.

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
You guys almost have me crying now. Yes, he is a great father and she's a great daughter. It's too late now to do anything about it anyway. My apologies.

Szptax (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
Congratulations to your daughter!

I think some the comments show the old timers - or maybe middle aged timers here are a bit jaded. Its refreshing to see young enthusiasm, and reminds us that sometimes we all need a swift kick in the pants! I think comments like "sorry to hear that" are more a commentary on recent turmoil in business, in the economy and on recent and potential tax law changes than accounting as a profession. I really don't think the average person truly knows what an accountant does or can do.

Craigums (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
I really don't think the average person truly knows what an accountant does or can do.

Are there things I can do that I don't know about?

Szptax (talk|edits) said:

6 October 2011
The average person is not an accountant, we are exceptional!

Flybynight (talk|edits) said:

7 October 2011
I'm a big relativist. All in all, being a lawyer or an accountant isn't that bad. The vast majority of my relatives are either High school graduates or even lack a High school diploma; almost all work in sweltering factories with some benefits and a fraction of the pay of the average lawyer or CPA. I could easily see myself working there with them if my parents didn't have the foresight to be the first in their families to go to college and later get PhDs, much of life is purely chance and I think we've all won the lottery by being Americans.

I've always felt that the average person's aversion to accounting was a great boon to the profession. You don't see any "Law and Order" type of shows glamorizing bank reconciliations and it keeps the profession in demand. Norm, Crow, and I are occassionally grumpy because some other professions seem to license a new school as long as it has two books to rub together, regardless of supply and demand. Congrats again to your daughter, the fact that people still "apologize" when Craig tells them that he's an accountant should help ensure that she has a bright career for decades to come.

Craigums (talk|edits) said:

7 October 2011
HA! That's a great way to look at it, Flyby! Supply and demand are unbending laws. I'd rather do a bank rec than a blood spatter analysis any day.

JZCPA (talk|edits) said:

12 October 2011
Hi everyone! I am the famous daughter of DZCPA you are all talking about. Do you know why I just LOVE taxes? Tax returns are like puzzles. I get to assemble all the pieces and find out what is missing to fill in the gaps. I get gratification out of finishing the puzzle because I feel like I accomplished something. The great thing about tax returns is that I know how to do them really well and its not that hard. Yes, some new things come up all the time I've never seen before BUT that gives me an opportunity to learn and then I build to my knowledge and next time around, Ill know the answer. I recognize that I don't know it all and never will; no one does! Especially with tax law changes constantly.I can solve the puzzles quickly and I get paid to do it! I have fun doing tax returns because my mind is constantly being challenged and given new information. Each tax return is unique so I never have to see the same thing twice. It is never boring for me. I'm not afraid of telling people why I am so passionate about the work I do. Anyone who says something bad about the profession is just angry that they don't get paid as much as we do for the effort we put in. They are jealous that we get to take vacations all many time during the year and we I have low stress because I love it. They are mad and wish they could go back in time and choose this is a profession. I have job security, customers that come back year after year, I only have to spend an hour or so on most clients, and I get to have a life and enjoy it too! <u>OKAY this doesn't apply to EVERY CPA, but being self-employed, I don't have to work 70 hours/week working for the Big 4 doing audit work.</u>I've finally accomplished what I have been working towards for the past 5 years. Thanks to my dad for introducing me to this business. It probably never would have crossed my mind to do this for a living if I didn't have such a great role model and an inside look at how this business is run.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

12 October 2011
Congratulations, JDCPA. It is so cool to see someone so proud of her dad. Of course, we expect him to be proud of you!

Flybynight (talk|edits) said:

12 October 2011
Congrats! It's refreshing to see someone have such a passion for the field. I'm always jealous of those people who can turn an avocation into a vocation. I have a friend who just loves building stuff and he's a structural engineer; Monday can't come fast enough for this guy.

Like Kevin, I agree that it's very cool to see someone who is so proud of her dad. My dad made me swear that I wouldn't be an engineer.

BerkshireCPA (talk|edits) said:

12 October 2011
Ahhh, to be young and not know what you do not know. Congrats on becoming a CPA but I do not think many would descibe the lifestyle as you do. "we get to take vacations all year and we have low stress" ??? "spend an hour or so on each client" ???

That sure doesn't sound like the reality for most CPA's. If you are a real go getter and start at the Big 4, they will work you to the bone doing audit field work. 70 hours a week will be the norm. The turnover rate is high, you either work or move on.

As you get older and wiser, the returns get more complicated and the mistakes a lot more costly. Low stress is not something you associate with a CPA firm. A lot of young moms realize that working long hours during tax season is not worth the $$$ and aggravation.

Even though you have the title of CPA, at 23 years of age, every meeting you walk into, you will probably know less than everyone in the room. Check back in 20 years and let us know if you feel the same.

JZCPA (talk|edits) said:

12 October 2011
See my edits... I shouldn't talk in absolutes. There are always exceptions to everything.

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

12 October 2011
Oh my goodness I didn't see this. I'm in trouble now. I deny everything, I never said it. Good luck Jacqueline.

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