What would be the best minor to pair with a major in accounting, in terms of helping get a job?
My major is currently set as accounting as I start college in the fall, but I am still unsure what the best path is for determining a minor. I know I am interested mostly in business, but don't know exactly what else to study besides accounting. #business #accounting #job #major #future-careers #course-selection
Katherine (Kasia)’s Answer
Accounting is a great major and a very valuable background for someone entering the business world. I would also suggest that you round out your knowledge base with other areas to support and supplement your skill set. Technology plays a huge role in today's business world as companies look for new ways to automate many processes. I would suggest that you take many different types of classes including computer science, project management, finance, data analysis and audit just to name a few. College courses will teach you a lot of basic knowledge but you must also seek out opportunities to improve your critical thinking, business acumen, learn how to deal with ambiguity and improve your communication skills.
Absolutely agree with the prior responses on Accounting being a great major. Whether you practice accounting throughout your work career or use it as your entry level career, you can't go wrong. Choose your minor based on areas that interest you - law/government, economics, general business admin.. These interests may help guide you in a particular field and being passionate and engaged in the work you choose to do is very important to your long-term success.
Good question, if you are interested in business I would suggest business administration or management or possibly something computer related if that interests you.
If you have specific interest or career goals...perhaps working in government or public accounting, you might consider public administration or political science.
Good luck...accounting is a good career choice! :)
If you are looking at Corporate Accounting career paths, Finance and Accounting work extremely closely together. I'd suggest a corporate finance class or financial statement analysis course.
Horatiu G. Stefan
Horatiu G.’s Answer
Accounting is a great major, whether or not you choose to practice it. You might consider taking a few finance classes, a nice complement. I would also encourage you to take as many statistics and data analysis / analytics classes as possible. Building a toolkit of quantitative, analytical skills will serve you well in just about any career. I'm personally not convinced that a minor in a subject makes much of a difference. when recruiting, I look for someone that is balanced and intellectually curious. To that end, take classes in departments that you wouldn't normally consider ... take a dance class, take a philosophy class, take a psychology class. I'm biased toward psychology but there are so many other areas of study that will take you outside your comfort zone and challenge you to think differently.
I believe that Finance is a good complimentary minor for a person with an Accounting major.
If you really like Accounting I think you will likely enjoy the Finance classes.
In my experience, people that innately understood Accounting had difficulty with Economics and vice versa. As an undergrad I certainly understood Economic concepts much better than I could memorize Accounting rules. However, after years working in banking the Accounting classes during my MBA were suddenly easy.
There are so many minors that complement a major in accounting! Accountants in business are called upon to help provide support in a variety of business related areas such as marketing, operations, systems, etc. And if you go into Auditing you will be exposed to virtually every area of an enterprise. So I suggest thinking about your interests outside of Accounting and let that be your guide.
Personally, I attended Bryant University which has a unique curriculum where students who major in the Business school must minor in Arts & Sciences (and vice versa). Therefore, when I majored in Accounting, I chose to minor in Legal Studies. Some of the benefits I have found with a minor in legal studies is that portions of the REG CPA exam were already familiar to me. REG incorporates a great deal of legal concepts, tax law, etc. which I found my courses prepared me for. Additionally, business law courses and having experience reading legal documents (usually with difficult jargon) can be very beneficial.
Hope this helps!
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