Companies can’t function without numbers. From revenues and expenses to assets and liabilities, everything has a significant value. But with everything else going on in the backend, it’s cumbersome for companies to keep up with day-to-day transactions on their own.
Almost all businesses today depend on accountants to do the math for them. This is why a career in accountancy is highly sought after by many students. However, strong math skills and advanced data analysis alone don’t make the cut anymore.
The journey of becoming an accountant is a roller coaster ride. There will be many times when giving up may seem like the better option. Nobody said it would be easy, but there’s no need to second guess your career decisions every time you bump into a difficult challenge. Here are some tips that can help you hang in there and succeed as an accounting student.
Pick A Career
The decisions you make in your college years pave the path to your future. No matter if you are still in high school or collegiate, having a career plan is crucial. Unfortunately, many students make the mistake of letting college degrees decide their future for them.
The problem with this is that a degree does not determine a career. It merely gives the student the necessary skills to attain a job within a specific industry. Many students spend too much time searching for the right course. Some end up in regret after choosing the wrong one.
To avoid this, start the other way around. By determining an end goal, it is easier to decide which subjects to major in. Know where to go first before deciding on a path.
A stellar resume will capture the attention of potential employers. But it’s the work experience that will make them take a second look. The best way to do this is to get an accounting internship. Not only will you be able to practice your skills in a real-life setting, but you'll also be adding more value to your resume.
If you are still undecided about your future career, an accounting internship can also help you determine whether the job fits you or not. Allow yourself to explore new things and to gain knowledge during your accounting internship. It could either open up new doors for you or help you decide to move on to other options.
Attend Career Fairs
Do your research by attending a career fair even if you are not actively looking for a job. Career fairs aren’t just for employment purposes. It is a place where you can scout for career information. Go out there and network with possible employers, observe other accounting students and find out what requirements you need to get hired. Besides, it is a chance for you to present your professional side as well.
A career fair also gives you a broader scope of your available options. Get to know different companies or firms. Who knows? You might be able to land an accounting internship while you’re at it.
PS: Every year, Switch Idea organises National Internship Expo across the country.