Megan recommends the following next steps:
Have conversations about your job or career goals with everyone. You never know who you're chatting with or who people know to connect you with. Go on linkedin and search for people with your job or career goal and connect with them. Ask for mentorship and career advice and even job opportunities.
In my opinion, a good starting point is research. There are so many platforms (e.g., Google, YouTube, TikTok, etc) where people share their experiences with the field, how they found opportunities and more. This can help you form an idea of what type of accounting career you'd like to have, companies you'd like to work for, etc.
Furthermore, platforms like LinkedIn enable you to reach out to people who are actively in the field. This allows you to gain information about possible accounting careers but it also helps you to start to build those connections!
Below are my suggestions :
1. Explore the entry criteria of accounting major in the college.
2. Work hard on the relevant subjects and ensure your academic result can meet the entry criteria
3. Speak to someone who are working in accounting or alumni
4. Explore any intern opportunities working in Account Firm or account department in corporates
5. Prepare to take the CPA exam
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Depending on the level of education, you can start asking some of the smaller tax firms to assist them during tax season, but you want to set this up before it kicks off. Example, HR Block, tax season can be all year, but typically for individuals or small businesses it can ramp up starting the new year so if you find a small business or company that you can come in and do some administrative work and start learning the basics that would be good.
There are also organizations out there you can look for some basic online or in person courses and certifications.
If you are in college, you should look into internships starting your sophomore year with companies by you. You can reach out to their HR department and let them know you are looking for some internships in finance and how could you get a few hours in a week to start learning.
Education is the key to finance, there are levels of technical expertise and software programs that go with it for companies.
Marti (Martha)’s Answer
Believe it or not, there are also free learning sites online, like The Open University, which offers free courses that you can take and earn a badge that shows that you understand the basic concepts, like this one:
Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting
(here's the link to this course: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/money-business/introduction-bookkeeping-and-accounting/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab)
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting, explains the fundamental rules of double-entry bookkeeping and how they are used to produce the balance sheet and the profit and loss account.