Dec 9, 2010

Learn What It Takes to be a CPA—Vote Your Favorite in the Clearly Pretty Awesome Competition

Who knew so many totally absurd jobs could come from the initials C-P-A? And who would have thought to ask?, a site dedicated to providing high school students with everything they need to know about careers as Certified Public Accountants, recently launched a contest inviting students with a creative approach to acronyms to submit entries in the Clearly Pretty Awesome Competition. To sweeten the deal, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) offered a laptop plus $3,000, to be awarded on behalf of the winning student to their school.

And the CPA’s started rolling in. Curb Paint Applicator? Cheese Pastry Auctioneer? “The funnier and more unappealing, the better,” according to rules suggested on the website.

The best of the group were submitted to a panel of judges, no doubt CPA’s, who narrowed the entries to a list of finalists whose entries have been posted on Visitors to the site are encouraged to vote for their favorite or the one best answering the call for “the worst jobs around.”

As luck would have it, one finalist, Emily Levis, lives in Virginia Beach and attends the VA Beach Mathematics and Science Academy. Her entry, Computerized Piano Accompanist, has been holding solidly onto third place behind Coolest People Around (is that a job?) and Celebrity Paparazzi Antagonist.

The public still has one more day to vote on the Clearly Pretty Awesome Competition webpage. And while you’re at it, take a look at the materials and wealth of information offered by the AICPA on the StartHereGoPlaces website. There’s even a free magazine you can have delivered electronically or to your door, in which you can learn about scholarships and colleges with strong programs in accounting.

College Planning Advisor? That’s too easy.

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