In 2014, Yuti earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics from Wake Forest University. Her education, coupled with the experience she gained through an internship at a local bank during her junior year of school, gave Yuti some initial knowledge and skills to pursue analytics-focused job opportunities. But when she had the opportunity to join a consulting and CPA firm, one thing was immediately clear: she needed to expand her knowledge in accounting.
Yuti’s first thought was to go back to school to earn a master’s degree. But as she was researching her options, she learned about Howard Community College’s CPA Exam Candidacy and Licensure Program. HCC offers a wide range of accounting courses and also gave her the option to work full-time during the day while pursuing classes in the evenings – a scenario Yuti considered a true win-win.
“I didn’t have to choose between work or studying,” said Yuti. “HCC offers you the flexibility to do both.”
And the quality of the education she’s receiving, she says, is second to none.
“I am making connections with other people who are on a similar career path and who are passionate about the field,” said Yuti. “You get a deeper level of understanding at HCC because the professors who are part of the CPA program are on the same path too; many are working full-time as accountants and teaching us based on their own real world experiences.”
Those real world perspectives are giving Yuti a solid foundation and understanding of the accounting industry that cannot be absorbed from a textbook.
“The dynamics involved with accounting vary greatly depending on what industry you are focused on or working in,” said Yuti. “The books teach general concepts but what has been most helpful is when we talk about complex questions or situations that are actually happening out there in the real world. We lay out the challenges and then have discussions around what the best solutions are.”
Yuti plans to take the CPA exam in June 2018.