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Right now I’m doing my Diploma in Accounting. And I’m not sure if I should do my professional papers or pursue a degree with a minor in something?


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Cristina’s Answer

Hi Sashmitaa! I have a double major in Accounting and Finance. Glad to hear you chose accounting as your future career. In my personal opinion, I believe professional license papers have a higher value in comparison to a Bachelor degree with a minor. But I would also say a degree in accounting does help a lot with passing the exam for your professional license. I am currently working on receiving my CPA license after graduation. In my case, I am doing both. It all pretty much depends on timing. One route would take longer to complete than the other. Hopefully that helps!

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Sophia Nicole’s Answer

Hi Sashmitaa!

If you have to choose between pursuing your professional license or an accounting degree with a minor, I would encourage you to work towards achieving your professional license. For me, in order to obtain my license, I needed to take additional courses at my university so that I could take the professional exams anyways, which lead to me majoring in Accounting and minoring in French. My minor helped me express my interest and learn more about the culture and language, but I never expect myself to pursue French as a part of my accounting career. My personal opinion is that minors help you learn more about something that you're interested in outside of your main studies, but your professional license will help you more with your accounting career in the long run. My dad, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, said that his university professor always told him that "if you have your professional license, you're treated as a first-class citizen." The professional papers will open many more doors of opportunity than a minor would, if you must decide between the two. Best of luck!

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Yunqing (Meredith)’s Answer

If you can, finish your paper first. If you have an accounting major, it is enough to hunt a job related. However, to get a job, you need your grade to be as good as possible. If you think you can take a minor and still write a great paper please do but it is not a must.

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Rafael H.’s Answer

There’s no question, technology is changing the way we all work and live. From virtual reality field trips to science museums to apps explaining homework assignments from a simple screenshot, a lot has happened since we were in students’ shoes. With all this change, it is important that we prepare ourselves the digital future. A combination of accounting and a computer science minor or data analytics and digital acumen is best

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Alexandra’s Answer

Hello Sashmitaa,

I have a double major in accounting and finance and it is very honored with seniors and above look up to you and great accomplishment. As for using my two degrees, I use accounting degree as I work at a CPA firm, but, I rarely use my finance knowledge in my work. Since they are somewhat related, and I wanted to please my father, that is the reason why I double majored. As for a minor, you do not get a physical degree (per my university), and honestly, I think if you are going to get a minor, you might as well go out with a bang and get the full degree. Best of luck to you!

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Juexiao’s Answer

Hi Sashmitaa, great questions! While you are still in college, I would highly recommend you to study and try to get your professional certifications done before you start working full time. Your progression towards accounting certifications will help demonstrate your commitment of a career in accounting when it comes to recruiting/job hunting. Besides, once you start working full time, it will be very challenging to find time outside of work to study for the exams.

However, as much as I would recommend you to prioritize getting your professional certifications such as CPA, I kind of followed the other path. I double majored in Business Administration and Environmental Studies. I have to say it's quite challenging to study for two degrees while preparing myself for the CPA exams, but i never regret pursuing my passion in Environmental studies. Afterall, you only go to college once, don't leave any regrets behind!

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Lauren’s Answer

I highly recommend that you get your papers and pursue a professional Chartered Accountant designation. This is something you can carry with you forever and will hold more weight than a minor.

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