"Get along with people" is the wisdom of age.
But apparently it takes a lifetime to learn that.
Retired CPAs are virtually unanimous: The ability to relate to people, get along and communicate are the most important ingredients to a successful career in accounting, according to most CPAs, especially retirees. But not as many new and aspiring CPAs understand.
Bay Street Group's CPA Trendlines research shows that most CPAs agree on six keys to success:
- Relating to people
- Integrity and good character
- Constant, life-long learning
- Up-to-date technical knowledge
- Knowing how to balance life and work, and
- Making the right connections.
In this question, we asked 890 CPAs: "What are the most important ingredients in a successful career as a CPA?" And here, we slice the responses by age.
Clearly, career advice changes over time.
Young newbies start their careers with the best of intentions, believing in all the right things. But after a few years in the workforce, we see some disillusionment set in -- with declines in work-life balance and the importance of integrity and character.
Later in life, we see the march of maturity -- with rising ratings for skills development and a new focus on work-life balance.