The field of accounting is diverse, the role you can play in the industry dynamic and, as a graduate from an accounting course/financial course from one of the best accounting programs in Ontario, your options are wide open. But how precisely do you select a career path that aligns with your goals in the short and long run and, if you’re still in the training phase, how do you determine the right accounting course for you that ensures you’re in demand?
Follow the steps right here, in …
Your Guide to Choosing the Right Accounting Career Path for You
1. Consider, In Depth
- Your Interests, Passions and Strengths – Research and dive into what the options are and in the process consider areas that ignite your interest and may play to your strengths. Do you enjoy working with people or behind the scenes? Are you better suited for a fast-paced environment or one that’s more methodical? What are your innate strengths? You want to align with those.
- The Work Environment You Could Thrive In – Would a rigorous, high-paced, demanding, and diverse public accounting environment, where you can learn rapidly, suit you? Or would you thrive in a lower-stress, consistent, supportive, private accounting workplace, where you can have some work/life balance?
- The Specialties that Speak to You – You want to carefully consider the various options available to you, so you can determine where you’ll hone your skills to succeed. Research, in detail, everything from accounts payable specialist, accounts receivable specialist, public accountant, financial accountant, tax accountant, forensic accountant, managerial accountant and government accountant to becoming an internal auditor or financial planner.
- The Skillset You Need – Our popular blog post, “Top 10 Skills Needed to work in Accounting & Payroll” will help you review and consider what you’ll need to develop to thrive in this field.
- Reach Out for Support – You can certainly conduct an informational interview with an accountant in your area and specialty of interest; professionals love to share what they do with those looking to pursue a career in their field. Or if you’re looking for insight on how to align your interests with a training program best suited for you, and how to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), our team is always here to help. Contact us – we’ll walk you through your options and point you in the right direction so you can make an informed decision.
2. Select the Training Program Best Suited to You
- Do you want to learn from industry experts who balance theoretical teaching with practical application?
- Do you want to study accounting and payroll administration and receive your payroll designation or business accounting and payroll working under the supervision of accountants or do you want to pursue your CPA certification in Canada?
- If you’re considering why you would pursue your CPA – here’s why – “How CPA Certification Can Catapult Your Career as an Accountant”.
3. Consider Leveraging Accounting for Other Career Opportunities
- You may determine that you do want to work directly within the accounting field, or you may realize that having those skills can open the door to a whole world of other opportunities.
- With an accounting diploma you will have the skillset to explore careers such as fraud investigation, business consulting, budget analysis, teaching positions, and so much more.
Reflecting on what interests you, your career and life goals, and how all that fits together for you to build the future you imagine, are all essential steps. A career in accounting holds near-limitless opportunities for you and the skills you glean can be applied to a variety of career streams. Beyond the steps laid out above, our team is here to help you navigate your way in the decision-making process.
If you’re still aligning interests with a career, why not take the “Anderson College Accounting Career Discovery Quiz”.
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