So not-boring CPAs

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Uptight, stodgy pencil pushers: CPA stereotypes are nothing new. But in reality, CPAs are passionate, visionary, creative people, and that’s no joke! They work in all industries and at all levels. They know how to make their mark and guide companies. 

You think CPAs are boring? Just wait until you meet our CPAs.

HOW DO YOUR CPA TRAINING AND DESIGNATION HELP YOU AT WORK?

My CPA training taught me a lot about the people and personalities I would encounter in the job market. I spent a lot of time around creative types before becoming a CPA, so I understand how they tick. Because of that, I can translate between creative thinkers and the more logically-minded.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT CPAS?

People don’t know that there are so many of us. We are everywhere, have a wide range of different personalities and take on professional challenges of all sizes, depending on our ambitions. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS WHO WANT TO BECOME CPAS?

First of all, I'd say that they’re lucky to already know what they want to be. Our training opens many doors; they simply need to know which one is right for them.

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IF YOU HADN’T BECOME A CPA, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?

I think I would have ended up in creative advertising. That's where I was heading. I don’t know if I would have been able to start my own business if I hadn’t been a CPA. My knowledge of accounting helped me develop a solid business plan.

WHAT DROVE YOU TO TAKE THE CPA PROGRAM?

Actually, I’ve always been better with numbers than letters, but the accounting course is really what drove me to pursue the subject and the CPA program.

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IF YOU HADN’T BECOME A CPA, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE? 

I might have become an entrepreneur… or a manager or DJ. At 18, I practically lived at the clubs. That experience really helped me understand the creative industry.

WHAT DO YOU THINK PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT CPAS?

That CPAs are not accountants. There is a world of difference between an accounting position, which is often more technical or clerical, and a CPA position, which is often strategic, like controllers or financial managers.

Watch Karl's video >

WHAT DROVE YOU TO TAKE THE CPA PROGRAM?

Even though I wasn't 100% sure that I wanted a career in accounting, I told myself that it was a "failsafe" program that could open many doors for me in the business world.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS WHO WANT TO BECOME CPAS?

You have to be thorough and work hard, but I guarantee you that when you pass the Common Final Examination (CFE), it will be one of the greatest achievements of your life.

Watch Marie-Eliang's video >

WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A CPA?

My second grade teacher was convinced that I would become an accountant; on my box of marbles, she wrote "I belong to Pierre-Luc Laparé, future accountant." The real decision was made after my bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship at HEC Montreal.

WHAT IS THE MOST “BORING” PART OF YOUR JOB?

Doing calculations and balance sheets is boring! Ha! Ha! I like most of my business development tasks better. Other good challenges include the many meetings every week and all the people I have to manage.

Watch Pierre-Luc's video >

Not only are CPAs anything but boring, but some of them are even funny.

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