When becoming an accountant, is it best to do multiple internships or just go straight into the workforce?
I understand if you do several internships, you'll have more experience once you truly get an accounting career. But is it more useful to go straight into the workforce after you get your degree? Because by then, all of your academic knowledge is fresh in your mind and possibly businesses would like that from you. I'm just curious towards my future career choices.
Specifically, in regards to accounting, internships are fairly important. They're the only branch of business I know that hires interns two summers out in some cases and many accounting internships lead to full-time job offers, or at least prior interns have hiring preference over non-interns. Book learning only gets you so far, and while it is important to know formulas and basic setup and all of the GAAP rules that'll impact financial reporting, every single company you work for will have their process set up at least slightly differently and getting used to corporate business culture (or wherever you think you might end up) and forming those connections can play just as integral of a role as learning everything you can in your classes.
Snow (Xue)’s Answer
I would recommend to do internships while you are in school. Right now, I am a winter intern for PwC. From my own internship experience, I definitely learn a lot from my internship and am able to apply what I learn in school to the real world problems. Further, doing internship can help you understand what you really like and which field you want to go into or whether being an accountant is the job you want. If you go straight into the workforce, it is harder to change your job; it takes much more effort and time. Therefore, I definitely recommend doing internships to find what your passion is at and then going into the workforce continuing doing what you like. Hope this helps.