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Okay folks, I would appreciate some advice here. I have been working as a defense contractor for over 10 years as a Financial Analyst. I attained my B.S. in Finance at a local state university in the mid 90's, and now I want to go back to school and get my Career Studies Certificate in Accounting from a local community college (N.V.C.C.) and get a job as an Accountant. According to the curriculum, this program does provide students with the accounting courses needed to meet the requirements of the Virginia Board for Accountancy to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (C.P.A.) examination - which is my ultimate goal.

So, my questions are, what can I expect after I receive my C.S.S. in Accounting? Will that with my B.S. enable me to get a job in Accounting? I've read that the job outlook in Accounting is strong for the next decade, has that been everyone's experience? Besides the exam, is there anything else I need in Virginia to get licensed?

Since I want to be a CPA and probably work for a CPA firm, what would be a good career progression?

Thanks, Greg
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