One area where accountants can sell themselves short, however, is in planning ahead for their careers, particularly if they've just joined the ranks of working accounting and finance professionals. While it's true that many accountants who enter the workforce right after college join large public accounting firms, it's also true that, within three to five years, 80% to 90% of these men and women have usually left public accounting. Yet this move from public to management accounting often doesn't go as smoothly as accountants would hope, partly because of what has been called a "skills gap." While they all can do their part at the macro level to help influence the curricula at colleges and universities, at the individual level one of the best ways to close this "skills gap" is to gain an outside certification.
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