Denise R. Harding, CFE, CPA
The sky is the limit for accounting graduate turned NCIS Special Agent
From investigating counterterrorism and espionage to tracking down the illegal purchases of four F-14 Tomcats, Denise R. Harding, CFE, CPA, NCIS Special Agent, had no idea how far an accounting degree and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential would take her in her career. As an economic crimes desk officer, Harding is responsible for reviewing and monitoring all of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's (NCIS) investigations that deal primarily with white-collar crime.
Don't ever limit yourself to what others tell you is an "appropriate" career path.Denise R. Harding, CFE, CPA
NCIS Special Agent
Washington, D.C., U. S.
Don't ever limit yourself to what others tell you is an "appropriate" career path. When I graduated from college in accounting, I was told I could only work in a CPA firm as an auditor or as part of the payroll or accounts receivable staff in a large corporation. Three years ago, I found myself supporting the director of NCIS as he testified at a Congressional subcommittee hearing regarding contract fraud in the Navy. As that new accounting graduate, I never would have thought becoming a special agent was even an option. It definitely is. Anything is possible.
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