I see that you are located in the Philippines so I'm not sure if the process is different (I'm located in New York, USA). In NY, you must first obtain your Bachelor's degree in Accounting. After you obtain that degree, you can go on to become an accountant. However, a lot of people opt to get their Master degree in Accounting or a related field so that they can obtain 150 credits. 150 credits is needed to be able to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). You have to then pass 4 exams regarding different accounting and business related subjects, meet the experience requirements, etc to obtain your license as a CPA.
It is important to note that you do not need a Master's degree or CPA license to be an accountant. However, if you do go down that route, it will increase your opportunities.
Many accountant obtain certifications like CPA, CMA, or CIA. Although these are not needed in order to work in the field of accounting they will help to increase opportunities and promotions later in your career. I believe the first step would be to find a bachelor's program that focuses on accounting. Many accountant go on to get their Master's degree as the CPA and other certification require 150 credits (depending on the State you live in) to sit for the exam.
My track to becoming an accountant was to obtain my Bachelor's and Master's degree in a 5 year program. If you are able to find a similar program I highly recommend as it saved me money and time to receive the required credits to sit for the CPA exam. This program gave me interviews with all of the Big 4 accounting firms in which I was able to intern with one. This lead to a full time offer with the same firm. As I had good grades in order to achieve the internship it all comes down to being positive employee and always willing to learn. The field of accounting is a fluid and always changing career (especially in the tax field). But this means there will always be jobs in the field of accounting!
Hope this helps and goodluck!
I feel like this answer could vary depending on what area of accounting you are referring to but in general, I would advise to develop strong organizational, management, and communication skills which are all key to helping you become a good accountant. In addition, I would advise to take all of your accounting classes seriously as they are the foundation to what you will base your career on as well as prepare for the CPA exam. I would absolutely advise to take the CPA exams as early as you can before you start working if that is possible. You would then be able to focus on your job once you start instead of trying to manage studying!
1. you will need a bachelor's in accounting
2. if you want to sit for your CPA exam, you will need to look at your state's requirements in order to appropriately meet those requirements before you sit for the CPA exam
3. I highly recommend taking an internship or two with companies of interest in order for you to gain the knowledge and expertise that employer's want - this will make you very marketable.
Overall, I suggest you create a plan. Do you want to take your CPA? Do you want to work in government, tax, corporate, public, audit, etc. These are questions you will need to think about in order to be placed in the correct job you are trying to have that fits your professional asperations.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!
Anthony Kofi Hene-Amoah
becoming an accountant :-
1. Consider the goal/goals.
2. Consider the extent of
I NTEREST and KNOWLEDGE
you have in becoming an
( Accounting institutions, etc.).
3. Virtues of honesty, integrity,
faithfulness, transparency, etc.,
are needed in the
Best wishes to you.