Job Options Before Getting Degree?


Persida writes:
I wonder if you can help me. I am working on a bachelor’s degree in accounting
have two more years to go (full time work). I’ve been an administrative assistant for
3 years and would like to do something else for a while something more challenging
and more fun. Without a degree what are my options? Also my idea of a perfect job
would be one that would change every 3 months (I get bored very easily). What career
would fulfill that need for change? I know accounting is not the most interesting position
but it will help me achieve my career goals.



The Career Doctor responds:
While I don’t equate accounting with fun this is about you not me. . . so
here goes. I will give you a short-term and long-term answer.
Even with all the accounting scandals or perhaps because of them accounting
is still a growing profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a strong
increase in job openings through 2018. Much of this growth reflects the
increasing complexity of corporate transactions and growth in government.
Demand will be especially high in the tax and health care areas.
Short-term I would recommend looking into volunteering working with a non-profit or temping. Because you have some solid experience and skills you have a number
of options. However if you want to start making the transition to accounting you
may need to be a bit more creative in your job-search. You could start by volunteering
your talents at a local non-profit agency. Once you’ve gained some needed accounting
experience you might consider a full-time paid position at a non-profit…or consider
using a professional temping agency so that you have that variety you seek.
Long-term one of the best career paths for you may be as a business analyst/consultant.
These professionals many of whom come from accounting work with multiple clients in
multiple settings — giving you some of the variety you crave while putting your skills and
abilities to the test. However you could follow numerous paths once you earn
your degree and I recommend you meet with your faculty adviser and/or a career counselor from your university’s career services office.
Some good resources for you include:
Careers in Accounting
from Careers-in-Business LLC; StartHereGoPlaces.com
from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants;
Occupational Outlook Handbook
from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Persida writes:
I wonder if you can help me. I am working on a bachelor’s degree in accounting
have two more years to go (full time work). I’ve been an administrative assistant for
3 years and would like to do something else for a while something more challenging
and more fun. Without a degree what are my options? Also my idea of a perfect job
would be one that would change every 3 months (I get bored very easily). What career
would fulfill that need for change? I know accounting is not the most interesting position
but it will help me achieve my career goals.



The Career Doctor responds:
While I don’t equate accounting with fun this is about you not me. . . so
here goes. I will give you a short-term and long-term answer.
Even with all the accounting scandals or perhaps because of them accounting
is still a growing profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a strong
increase in job openings through 2018. Much of this growth reflects the
increasing complexity of corporate transactions and growth in government.
Demand will be especially high in the tax and health care areas.
Short-term I would recommend looking into volunteering working with a non-profit or temping. Because you have some solid experience and skills you have a number
of options. However if you want to start making the transition to accounting you
may need to be a bit more creative in your job-search. You could start by volunteering
your talents at a local non-profit agency. Once you’ve gained some needed accounting
experience you might consider a full-time paid position at a non-profit…or consider
using a professional temping agency so that you have that variety you seek.
Long-term one of the best career paths for you may be as a business analyst/consultant.
These professionals many of whom come from accounting work with multiple clients in
multiple settings — giving you some of the variety you crave while putting your skills and
abilities to the test. However you could follow numerous paths once you earn
your degree and I recommend you meet with your faculty adviser and/or a career counselor from your university’s career services office.
Some good resources for you include:
Careers in Accounting
from Careers-in-Business LLC; StartHereGoPlaces.com
from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants;
Occupational Outlook Handbook
from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.