Majoring in Accounting? Need help on designation choice...
I will be a first-year student entering a university with a co-op program and I will be majoring in accounting. I've been reading on theses forums and other forums about getting jobs in the real world, and the amount of people going for a CA designation. Personally, I am aiming for a CA designation, but the competition is what is holding me back. I just don't realize the level of competition yet, though I am willing to put in the work to achieve my goals. I have some questions.
1.)Relative to attaining a job in the future, in Ontario or any other province in Canada, which designation would likely be the best to pursue?
2.)Has there been any updates regarding the possible CPA merger? Do you agree with the possible merger? Why?
3.)When applying for a job, how important on a scale of 1-10, is extra-curricular activities to an employer when he/she reviews your resume/application?
4.)How do I stay competitive, and compete with other people?
I know these might be weird questions, but it would mean a lot if I can get some honest answers, no matter how harsh.
Thanks for taking the time to read my questions.