Accounting seniors had a treat on their last day of class before spring break, literally! Leadership from the Iowa Society of CPAs visited the class to talk to students about the accounting profession and the CPA exam. And they brought along cookies!
ISCPA president Cindy Adams spoke with students about her path in the profession starting in public accounting, moving to industry as a comptroller and into technology and now in association management. She pointed out to students that CPAs are in higher demand now than ever, “The profession is graying. 75% of CPAs will be in retirement age in 5 years.” She also spoke of the rising percentage of CFOs who are CPAs-this designation is growing in importance in the C-suite.
Other representatives from the organization also spoke about continuing education and
the society as an organization helping professionals grow in their work. Lance Dieleman spoke with students about his experiences taking the CPA exam and being involved professionally. When speaking about the appeal of the accounting profession, Lance said, “I love to make the complex simple and I really like helping people.” His position at Schuring Uitermarkt allows him to both in working with his clients.
President Cindy Adams shared her philosophy and LIFE lessons: “Laugh lots; Integrity; Fess, fix and learn and then forget; Educate-Lifelong learning” as principles everyone can follow.
Professor Cox’s senior accounting seminar course has over 10 students who plan to sit for the CPA exam after graduation. Many are interested in public accounting careers and already have job offers, and others will pursue careers in private industry.