Looking for a little advice here, and I expect some elitist remarks, lol.
Due to family circumstances several years ago I took a 3 year business accounting in college instead of attending the universities that I was initially accepted to. I graduated with a 91 average, with most business and accounting courses being over 94%. I had the necessary 12U grades and averages to attend university though.
My issue is this, I've been working full time in the field for a few years helping to support my ill family member, and I have been taking part time university courses (through Laurentian) working towards a degree. This has been a slow process, and I feel that my time is best spent by attending an institution full time to finish faster, so I can complete the PEP and write the CFE, and honestly I don't think Laurentian is a great institution to begin with.
It seems that every university that I am interested in attending (that accepts transfer credits), McMaster, Laurier, UofT, etc only grant transfers for the first year, and plunk you in year 2 to finish the (4 year) program. These institutions are accredited, and offer post grads to exempt the first 4-5 modules of the PEP process.
The exception being UOIT, which offers to place you in year 3 of their 4 year program (with the possibility of having to take a couple additional CPA accounting courses from year 1 and 2). Their program is also accredited, and their post grad offers similar exemptions as well.
My girlfriend (spouse to be) has been successful in her career, and is pressuring me to have kids, get married, etc. (lol) in the next few years.
I am interested in joining a large accounting firm (Big 4, or 5-6) to gather some audit/tax experience for a few years before transitioning into a controllership role in the private sector, unless I fall in love with public accounting.
My question is twofold.
1. Does anyone have any recommendations of universities that may offer a better transfer credit package (in Ontario), that may be better than UOIT?
2. Would finishing my degree through UOIT be that much of a detriment to my long term career goals? If I continue to achieve high marks and standards.
Thank you all for reading, and commenting.