If you’re at college age, I’m sure you’ve given your career some proper thought. Perhaps you’ve already decided which path to take already. If that path is accounting, or you aren’t sure what to do next, this article could be of help.
Choosing a career is difficult, yet rewarding. You have to assess yourself and your skills and see which path is right for you. An accountant is a profitable and exciting choice that’s full of opportunity, so great pick! If you know where you want to go, but don’t know how to get there, read on for our five top tips…
Tip 1: Check your math ability
As the name implies, there will be math. Lots and lots of math. As such, you’ll need to make sure that numbers both excite you and click with you. If your numerical ability is lacking, being an accountant will be tough for you.
I suppose you could always attend after-school clubs, or consult a private tutor. The great thing about math ability is that it can easily be taught, so don’t despair if yours is lacking. Overall, just make sure you are passionate about the subject and that you’re willing to learn quickly.
Tip 2: Get qualified to degree level
Sure, it is possible to land this job with a high-school diploma, but it’s a very small percentage. It’s simply not acceptable to dismiss further education. The various accounting degrees and certifications you can obtain will be much more helpful than a basic high school diploma.
A degree shows employers that you are capable in their chosen field. It would be near impossible to land a part time job related to accounting, so you have to prove your worth in other ways. A degree is the main course of action!
Tip 3: Are you a people person?
If not, then this role isn’t right for you. Accountants have to deal with all kinds of people at a professional level. Think business owners, working professionals, and those who are self-employed.
Simply put, you need to be able to hold a conversation. You need to be able to understand people’s point of view. You need to have no stereotypes and prejudices.
Tip 4: Familiarize yourself with accounting programs
Accountants don’t do all the hard work themselves, and they frequently utilize a lot of financial systems. These range from extremely basic systems like PayPal – which I’m sure you know about – to ERP’s.
An ERP (Enterprise Resource Program) lets businesses control every aspect of their financials in one. As such, they’re incredibly useful tools. They’re mainly used by large businesses, so it’s a good idea to brush up on them.
Small businesses will use less sophisticated programs like PayPal and QuickBooks for accounting. Ensure you know how to use programs at both ends of the spectrum, and put that on your resume.
Tip 5: Are you prepared to travel?
Accounting isn’t a purely domestic business, either. What if your client is based overseas? They’ll surely request frequent meetings and financial assessments. That means you have to be prepared to depart at a moment’s notice, without any complaints.