How to Become a Forensic Accountant In the FBI? The Full Track from College Student to FBI Agent
How to become a forensic accountant in the FBI is absolutely going to be a daunting task, however it is doable with some work ethic, some networking, some education and going for some new licenses, and with some good old grit and persistence. Ever want to build your own business? Ever want to be a CPA or a high level Finance worker, ever want to get that Master’s degree or start your own tax practice or work for the FBI or run your own company? In this blog I give testimonials of people that have done just that, I do the research so you don’t have to, and I relate my own experience building and running businesses and working as hopefully a future CPA and CFP as anecdotal evidence for what you can do! And so without further ado, let’s look at the question of how to become a forensic accountant in the FBI, and where exactly you should start from to pull this off.
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How to Become a Forensic Accountant in the FBI? Your First Task Right Out of High School
Here’s where I would start if I wanted to be a Forensic Accountant for the FBI right out of high school. If you know that this is exactly what you want to do and you have decided that you are going to stick with it, then by all means you are a rare bird and go for it! What I will tell you is to keep your nose clean, stay away from drinking and pot and other bad things (you will need to pass a polygraph and being able to tell the truth while being clean makes it a lot easier I’d imagine) and to get into any local state college. Stay physically fit in college, take as many AP classes or dual enrollment classes to get Gen Ed Credits that you can in High School, and from there we start college.
Get Your Double Major in Finance and Accounting, Here’s Why to Do Both!
I would say to pick Finance and Accounting as a double major for two reasons, one it is a challenge and will toughen you up from what is to come. It will also give you a good base that you can use to build additional accounting, psychology and financial knowledge on. It also opens up the career fields of both Finance and Accounting, which you can use to pivot once you’ve got some experience under your belt. So college degree in Accounting and Finance is the first part, this should land you at 150 credits so you can sit for the CPA exam.
From here, you’ll go for your MS in Taxation or Accounting, this will give you all the ACG credits to sit for the CPA exam, from here, let’s get you into a Public Accounting or local tax firm so you can be more well rounded and credentialed, as you go onto your mission of being an FBI forensic accountant.
How to Land Your First Gig in Public Accounting, Either Intern or Start Small in H and R Block or Local Tax
So, you’re right out of college, you’ve got a BA in Finance and Accounting from a good state school, and you’ve got yourself working towards your Master’s degree in Accounting. Now let’s get you into an internship in tax or public accounting at this point. Whip yourself up a Harvard MBA Format style resume and use this to apply to local public accounting firms, small tax shops and even something like H and R Block. If you absolutely cannot get your hands on anything you may want to look at something like the Enrolled Agent Exam as a kind of silver bullet to get your foot in the door, but keep that in your back pocket for now.
From here, you get your internship in Public Accounting, you stick around for 2-3 years and get your Work Experience in Public and your CPA license, and you can start applying for that FBI forensic accountant position. You’ve been keeping in decent shape through all of this right?
Once Working in Public Accounting, Get Your CPA and CFE Licenses and Get Into Top Physical Shape!
So here we go, this is the big one. Now you are going to get your CFE designation and get in fantastically good shape now that you are in Public Accounting and have your CPA license, and now you are going to apply for the FBI. Getting all the way to the F….B….I (anyone know the movie here?) is a daunting task indeed, but follow the path above and push through it with persistence and you will win in the end.
Final Thoughts On How to Become a Forensic Accountant in the FBI? Let Me Know If This Plan Works!
Is anyone reading this an FBI forensic accountant? Comment down below and let us know your experience. And once again thanks for reading!
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