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After deciding to go into Accounting, what are the other opportunities this career can lead to?

Are there other job positions Accounting leads to? #accounting #account-management

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Daniel’s Answer

Speaking specifically to a career in publicaccounting, you will have access to a broad range of other jobs. Firstly, within a public accounting firm, you can transfer within lines of services from tax to audit to consulting, to internal firm operations, etc. If you ultimately decide to leave public accounting, the availability of other roles will depend on the amount of time you spend in public accounting. In my career, I have seen people leave the firm and become accountants for public and private companies, professors at universities, CFOs and CEOs of public and private companies, board members, private equity partners, etc. One thing is for certain, companies hiring in accounting and finance like to hire employees leaving public accounting because of the strong background and experience you will get there.
Thank you comment icon I have had coworkers go to work for clients that they had while in public accounting, working for a non-profit in their accounting/finance department that they are passionate about, become professors, as well as go to a smaller public accounting firm. Bridgette Lobdell
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Melissa’s Answer

I agree with Daniel's response. A career in public accounting will give you access to a broad range of other jobs. Companies like hiring employees with publicaccounting background because of the transferrable skills and strong work ethic instilled in their people. As you gain more responsibility within your teams, not only will you develop technical knowledge, but you will also develop skills in managing teams, creating budgets, and building client relationships. Further, obtaining a cpa license will add to your marketability. In addition to some of the careers after accounting that Daniel mentioned, I've seen people go into HR, marketing, and owning their own business.
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Jennifer’s Answer

Accounting is a great way to embark on an accounting software career - either in implementations, training, or even sales and demonstrations. The software companies definitely want their employees to have an accounting background, so that they can talk with accountants who use their software. Accounting software companies like Sage Intacct and their partners, accounting firms like mine who also implement and support accounting software, are often seeking candidates with accounting experience who can learn the software and help clients use it effectively.
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Carlos’s Answer

Hello Anna,

That is a great question!

What Daniel has provided to you is very true. Speaking of publicaccounting, it will give you a very rewarding background that can ultimately lead to another position outside of a public accounting firm.

A good source that helped me learn more about the Accounting profession was This Way to CPA by AICPA
On this website, after you have registered you may take an assessment that asks you questions about who you are, what your interests are, and what kind of career you would like to have. This site is especially helpful for learning more about the Accounting profession, education requirements, career advice, and CPA exam & licensure information.

I truly used this website to help me learn more about accounting while deciding on my career path.

I hope this helps. I have included a link to the This Way to CPA and to the AICPA websites.

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