Originally published in SCACPA's CPA Report magazine

Accounting as a profession wasn’t really something Adam considered until having a conversation with his brother-in-law. This conversation was reinforced when he took his first accounting class, sophomore year, at the University of South Carolina. “I enjoyed the class and information that I learned so much that mid-way through my junior year, I switched my major to accounting,” says Adam. This realization was reinforced as he continued into his senior year of college and took many more accounting courses. “One of the largest drivers of my enjoyment of accounting was my professors who taught their courses in a way that made accounting fun and understandable.”

When it came time to seek out an internship Adam submitted his resume to Burkett, Burkett and Burkett, a firm he passed regularly while growing up in West Columbia. After a couple attempts Adam met one of the partners and his brother-in-law, who also works for Burkett, Burkett and Burkett, to interview for an audit intern position. He received an offer shortly thereafter.

During his internship Adam gained information that an undergraduate accounting program couldn’t provide. “I have been able to work both in audit and tax, preparing tax returns for individuals, businesses, and not-for-profits, and how to apply different audit procedures to an audit client,” explains Adam. “But, for the most part, having this internship has helped me understand how accounting functions in the real world outside of the sterile environment of a college classroom.”

Adam plans on becoming a CPA after graduating from the Master of Accountancy program at the University of South Carolina.  He believes that having his CPA designation will open more doors and avenues in the accounting world, as well as provide a way to continue learning about accounting throughout the rest of his career.

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