Barbara Vertein, CPA, Supervisor with SVA Certified Public Accountants, is featured in the recent edition of CPA2b, a newsletter published by the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA). CPA2b is geared toward college students. It provides information on accounting careers, the CPA Exam and critical issues facing the CPA profession.
Barbara is highlighted in the article Destination CPA, a feature profiling how young professional got their start in the profession, the resources that helped them along the way and misconceptions they had about being a CPA.
Some of the advice Barbara gives in her article is to remember that a career is not all about salary or benefits – corporate culture is important so you can enjoy and excel at your job. Barbara also discusses the worst career advice she received was to not get her CPA license. Barbara says, “Without my license, I wouldn’t be able to have the career I imagined. It’s a lot of work, but getting your license is worth it.” One further piece of advice it to use WICPA as a resource. “I wish I had used WICPA as a resource when I was a student,” Barbara says. “They have networking events throughout the state for young professionals that could have helped me make connections.”