Accounting Graduates: What Are Your Next Steps?

2020 has been an unprecedented year for the workforce, especially for those in the accounting industry. If you are an aspiring accountant who has recently graduated and ready to take the next step in your career, there are ways you can get ahead of the competition. Having a plan and preparing for your future can help you land the best placement when you are ready to start applying. 

Find a Professional Mentor

A mentor who has a great amount of experience in the field can help you set your goals and help you decide what you are looking for when it comes to your professional future. This doesn’t mean you need to find someone who does exactly what you aspire to do in the accounting world; look for someone whose skills you admire. A mentor should be a good leader who shares your values. They should also be someone who knows you personally so they can keep your best interests in mind. 

Take the CPA Exam Early

This advice goes for any other career-seeking individual who is required to take an exam following graduation. It’s best to take the CPA exam when everything you learned in school is still fresh in your mind. Waiting may require you to set aside more time to prepare and refresh your mind by going back over the subject matter. It’s best to take it as soon as possible to increase your chances of passing!

Look for Volunteer Opportunities 

Many non-profits and other charitable institutions are always in need of free professional tax and financial services; this is especially so during these difficult financial times. Volunteering is a great way to network, gain experience, and build your resume.


At Hall & Company, we are always seeking out top talent to join our team. We are an experienced Orange County CPA firm based in Irvine that is committed to providing quality tax and accounting services along with sound financial direction to clients throughout the Orange County and Southern California area. Our top Orange County accountants offer business development consulting, audit, tax preparation, IRS Audit, retirement planning, business roundtables, estate planning, QuickBooks consulting, Interim Chief Financial Officers, and a full range of traditional public accounting services

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