Hi! Honestly, I don’t know yet whether I want to go for my CPA or my master’s degree. I do know that I want to do more than just my bachelor’s. I’m hoping that internships & jobs will help me decide whether I prefer to work in public or private accounting, which would then help me decide which higher degree/certification I need.
As for minoring in business communications, I chose that because I think that everyone can always improve their communication skills! 😊
Hi! I decided to major in accounting for multiple reasons, the first being that I actually enjoyed my initial accounting classes. When you find yourself looking forward to studying a certain subject, it becomes easy to imagine yourself doing it as your career.
There were certainly other factors that backed my decision to choose accounting, including financial stability and job security (businesses will always need accountants!).
My best advice for you is to definitely look into accounting and see if it’s something you can imagine yourself doing. If you could take an introductory accounting class to see what it’s like before choosing your final course, even better!
I used to think that being a perfectionist in certain aspects of my life was a great thing. I thought that because I had high standards for myself and the quality of my work, that I would be happier. I would put extra effort into making everything perfect, focusing on every last detail of everything that I did.
But there’s a dark side to that desire for perfection. When things don’t go as perfectionists want them to, we can get frustrated. Procrastination is no stranger to me, and I’ve avoided completing tasks and writing papers until I believed the timing and situation were absolutely ideal for me. I’ll admit there have been times where I’ve started to write a blog entry, only to give up and erase the whole thing because it doesn’t seem good enough for me to post.
It’s not easy, but I’m working on trying to let go of the things I can’t control. Instead of trying to obtain perfection, I’m trying to be just good enough. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to put my best effort into my work, but I really can’t continue to worry about the fact that the stack of papers on my desk aren’t perfectly neat or that the staple in my report isn’t exactly where I’d like it to be.
While driving in to work a couple of weeks ago, I came to the sudden realization that I spend five hours a week commuting to and from work.
Do you know how much I could do with an extra 5 hours per week?!
I figured I needed to come up with a better way to spend my time than listening to music on the radio. Taking a cue from Richard Carlson’s “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work”, I decided to download audio files to listen to every day. I’ve always been a fan of TED Talks, so I downloaded the app for my phone.
Best decision ever.
I start off every morning listening to one of these inspiring speeches, and not only do I feel more productive, but I learn a lot, too.
I highly recommend downloading the app!
Okay, I know that a lot of people think you have to be a genius at math to be an accountant, and that’s not necessarily true. In the past two years of accounting courses, I have only had to do math that involves addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, and formulas for time value of money. It’s really just been algebra so far. Additionally, I’ve always been allowed to use a calculator for exams.
I didn’t take any accelerated or advanced math courses in high school, and when I got to college I took the “normal”-paced math course (basically algebra/pre-calc), as well as statistics. I never took any calculus or trigonometry.
I’ve personally always seen accounting as learning how to categorize and organize financial information in a way that makes sense to whoever it’s being presented to. Math and numbers are certainly involved, but as long as you have solid algebra skills and can plug numbers into a formula, things shouldn’t be too difficult. You’ll definitely get a better sense of how you feel about the subject when you take a college-level accounting course.
Good luck! :)