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ACCOUNTING AS A CAREER CHOICE FOR WOMEN Q and A with Shira Baum, PCS Accounting graduate Q: Is a Masters in Accounting a good choice for women? A: Accounting is a great career choice for women- there are many opportunities to find flexible jobs within the field. One can work in either public accounting– either tax or audit or private as an accountant or controller. You can often find part time or flexible jobs within the field; many firms are trying to give employees more of a work- life balance. A master’s degree is looked at more prestigiously in the working world and can open the doors to many more opportunities with higher pay. Q: Please tell us about the PCS MS Accounting Course. A: It’s a concise one year program where they cover all the classes and credit requirements needed to get your master’s degree, as well as the knowledge needed to sit for the CPA exam. The program covered all the credit requirements that I needed in order to sit for the exam in New Jersey. I felt that the classes prepared me well and gave me the knowledge that I needed to take the exam. The program is very well run. The staff was always there for us and they were very accommodating. The course also coincided with the Jewish calendar which was very convenient. Q: Tell us about your current position? How did the PCS accounting course prepare you? A: I’m currently a senior at PKF O’Conner Davies. I started out as an intern in in a small public accounting firm and have moved my way up to a larger, midsized firm (which is ranked 29 out of the top 100 firms). I am currently doing a combination of both tax and audit. The program prepared us in a way to be able to make both tax and/or audit options for to the students. I was pro-

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