Career Transition

Leverage Business Analytics to Transition into an Accounting Career

Accounting is a stable profession and for those with a strong attention to detail, great communication skills, and an analytical capacity, it may be just the right fit for you.


Watch Toni Santillan, Program Director for the Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) program at Santa Clara University and Duncan Parsons, CPA, Assurance Manager with BDO, as they discuss the accounting industry and what is involved with changing careers to become an accountant.

  • Why would you become a CPA
  • Determining if you have what it takes
  • How to make the transition
  • Changing your career

The discussion includes information about the accounting industry and recruiting practices, a review of the requirements for CPA licensure, and illustrates how to achieve your educational and professional goals of becoming a CPA.

About Presenters:

Toni Santillan is the Program Director for the Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) program at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. During her 3 years as the Program Director for the CAAP Program, she has implemented numerous improvements to the program strengthening the relationship of CAAP alumni with the program. Toni was a public school teacher prior to moving in to higher education. She earned her BA in Sociology from San Jose State University and received her teaching credential from Chapman University.

Duncan has worked with BDO since 2014 and has experience working on both public and private companies in various industries including technology, life sciences, restaurants and alternative investments. He has experience working on the audits and reviews of financial statements of publicly traded companies including necessary filings with the SEC, compliance with Sarbanes Oxley and the transition to ASC606. He is currently the manager on a publicly traded networking company with operations in over 50 countries.

About the Author

Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business offers students a unique combination of distinguished history and dynamic innovation, using their geography as a laboratory to explore the elements of business success and helping students discover and leverage their own ingenuity.