Should I become a CPA?

<p>Hello all,</p>

<p>I recently graduated from U of I this past spring. I chose to double major in economics & political science. I thought of going to law school, but changed my mind and want to stick to something related to my major without pursuing a phd in econ. Now, I am caught in kind of a low-point and don't know what to do with my life anymore. In October 2011, my previous boss had called me up and offered me a job at his boutique law firm (which wasn't doing so well when I started) as marketing manager. I get paid $10/hr., but the job isn't that bad. I am gaining valuable experience, but I feel like I am not using the education I paid for...which makes me feel guilty. He knows my situation, so it's not like he is taking me for granted as an underpaid employee (although it may seem that way). I'm pretty good at what I do, so I suppose that's the only thing making me feel good when I go home everyday.</p>

<p>So my question is, do you think I should study for the CPA exam? I already completed 128 credits upon graduating, and to my knowledge, need 30 more to sit in for the CPA exam (not counting work experience). I plan to take all accounting credits at a community college, 4 of which I already completed and am enrolled in another 7 this semester. Am I just wasting my time? I think accounting is rather interesting, since my background in economics is conceptually similar to a lot of the accounting material I have studied so far. I want to know how feasible this is and if it would increase my future job prospects and/or "marketability." It must be the $10/hr driving me to do this, but at this point, I feel undereducated and feel I have to do more with my life. I suppose a Econ/Poli sci degree isn't attractive to a lot of employers.</p>