What Can I Do With An Accounting Degree? – Part 3 of 3

Introduction

In Part 2 of this series, I explained exactly what you needed to do in order to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), reviewed the different services that CPAs often provide, introduced the topic of Continuing Professional Education (CPE), and gave you a list of professional accounting organizations so that you can stay current on accounting related topics.

In Part 3 of this series, I will provide you with general information and strategies that you can utilize as a student in order to successfully break into the field of accounting.

Earn Good Grades

Accounting is a very technical field.  Employers usually use grades as an indicator how well you understand accounting, in addition gauging your work ethic.  You should also do your best to develop excellent computer skills while in college; accountants are typically very proficient in Microsoft Excel.

Interpersonal Skills

In accounting, you have to be able to interact and communicate well with others.  You can demonstrate this skill by having a well rounded background.  A well rounded background might include being an active participant in an accounting organization on campus or you could join Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary fraternity for accounting and finance professionals.  Your involvement in these types of organizations will help develop your leadership skills and your ability to work well within a team.

Certifications

Gaining certifications usually increases job marketability.  In addition to the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation that I’ve discussed in the previous posts, there are other certifications out there.  Some of these include, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Technical Skills

Accountants should develop their analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.  They should be very precise and accurate, paying close attention to detail.  Since an accountant’s skills are versatile, students who graduate with this degree can usually work in many different areas of business: sales, production management, client management, product development, procurement, and general management.

Internships

To really determine if you would be a good fit in the field of accounting, you can gain relevant work experience and learn information about various accounting careers through internships.  Most companies offer internships to college students after their sophomore or junior year.  Internships are also a great way to secure a full-time position after college.  Some companies offer their interns full-time positions (for post graduation) at the end of their internships.

Hopefully this series provided you with a ton of information about the field of accounting.  If you found this information helpful, please leave me a comment.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.
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