It’s been talked about in the media quite a bit lately that the African American community does not focus enough effort on promoting professional careers to the younger generation. Charles Barkley has promoted this discussion most recently during a half time report when the topic of Sterling was presented.
Barkley had an interesting argument. Most younger African Americans are raised with the idea that the only way they can succeed in life is to become an entertainer either in the form of an athlete or a musician. Unfortunately, this seems to have become the norm in our culture and is a completely degrading viewpoint.
Barkley went on to say that white families raise their children to aspire to become doctors, lawyers, and certified public accountants. “This is what we should be doing as a community,” he stated.
I think this is the right mindset. Promoting education and positive behavior will only strengthen and build the community for future generations to come. Plus, it will help promote job growth and decrease poverty.
Take an accountant for example. The accounting industry is booming right now. The IRS is hiring auditors while public firms are having a difficult time hiring enough employees to meet the growing demand brought on by increased tax regulations. Now is the perfection time to take the CPA exam and become and accountant.
There are many different affordable colleges that offer accounting programs with focuses that prepare students with the educational requirements to become a CPA. There are also CPA review courses like Fast Forward Academy that can help students study and get certified.
In addition, there are even review courses that have video lectures and allow students to sit in on virtual classrooms to learn the topics and strategies of taking the cpa exam. The Wiley CPAexcel course does a great job of educating candidates on what they need to know when it comes to the exam.
All of these are great options for the next generation. Imagine if we could double the percentage of African Americans who pass the exam and start a career as a CPA by the year 2020 just because we promoted educational courses and the ability to achieve a better life through a solid career course. It would completely change people’s views and perceptions forever.
Certified Public Accountants only make up one profession that can easily be obtained with only a bachelor’s degree. Many other professions have minimum educational requirements and are very feasible for kids who are the first to go to college in their family.
We encourage you to explore the options that are available out there for your kids and family members. Inspiration should come from within the community because we have the power to improve ourselves and the lives of everyone around us.