College can seem like a straightforward path until it is not. Many students embark on a specific degree path thinking it will lead to a clear-cut career path. But depending on the circumstances and the degree chosen that may or not be true. This is often accurate when it comes to graduates with an accounting degree.
While accounting remains a solid degree, one that is often recession-proof, many graduates who complete a degree often decide they don’t want a traditional accounting job after graduation. Sometimes this is a matter of personality. For instance, an extrovert who doesn’t want to spend all day quietly running numbers. Other times, it’s simply a change of heart. Unfortunately, these elements are rarely discussed during a student’s college career, leaving many to figure it out on their own post-graduation.
Thankfully, a black-and-white degree like accounting does not mean there are not a variety of opportunities. A Morgan Hunter blog recently shared the many options available for those with an accounting degree. Those who pursued an accounting degree often have a wonderful range of versatile and approachable skills that can be great in a number of roles and industries.
These include analytic skills, which can be used to identify trends and patterns, problem solving and the ability to spot errors quickly. Math skills are also often top-notch, along with great Excel skills. Good organizational skills assist in the process of keeping things and numbers straight. The ability to prioritize tasks, manage deadlines and maintain accuracy bring all these skills together. Those looking for a public-facing position also need to have good communication skills that allow you to breakdown complex information for those who do not excel in numbers.
Other Accounting Options
- Bookkeepers – record financial transactions and track Accounts Receivable (money owed to a company) and Accounts Payable (money the company owes to others).
- Auditors – examine financial states for accuracy and compliance with laws and regulations.
- Management Consultants – advise clients on how to improve operations and the bottom line.
- Financial Analysts – offer insight into investments and financial decisions.
- Tax Accounting – assist in the preparation of taxes (individual and companies).
Run the Numbers (pun intended)
When you’re looking for a job, be ready to articulate your skills and knowledge. This could include brushing up on skills through courses or earning certifications through professional exams. Research what areas of accounting interest you and look at a variety of industries to see where your skills might be a good fit. It can also be helpful to meet and network with others in the accounting field. Ask questions about their career and check out LinkedIn and other professional accounting groups online to research average base salary and possible career paths. Then contact the staffing recruiters at Staffing Kansas City to find out what job postings they have available.