So you’ve graduated high school, picked the college in which you plan to attend, and now you have to decide what you want to be when you grow up. Or as reality sinks in, what you want to be in 4-5 years. As kids we all dreamed of being firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses or even astronauts however for those of us whose childhood dream jobs did not come true we’re faced with deciding our future in college. When deciding a major there are many things that are helpful to know that most are not aware of until they are in too deep. Here are some tips to help those of you to stay a float in the accounting major.
While high school might have been a breeze for many of you, accounting can be a rude awakening if you are not prepared. Similar to other subjects and majors it is incredibly important to be organized. During class it is essential to take notes and ask questions. The more questions you ask the better understanding of the material you will grow to have. Furthermore time management is key to being successful in the accounting major. Accounting requires incredible attention to tiny details that can greatly affect final statements you will be preparing. No longer are teachers going to walk you through your classes, these courses are to prepare you for your future. One way to help retain the details is to review the current day’s lesson before and after the day of class. This helps to reinforce the new material that was introduced during class.
In addition to organization, good study habits are crucial to success. While previous homework assignments might have been simple and not very time consuming, accounting requires more time for studies than most majors. Setting aside at least an hour if not more each day will prove to be very helpful. Homework in accounting courses is not busy work as most students view homework. However it is the best way to test yourself on the information that was covered during class. The more homework done after class the more exposure to the material you will get, leading to either positive reinforcement of the material or questions to be answered by professors. Furthermore there are quiet a few ways to study for accounting. One method is to study alone. This method of studying usually works best when trying to practice accounting methods. It is easier to find out what information you truly know and do not know by testing yourself individually. After developing questions you might have on the material, the best place to ask questions is the professor’s office. Going to a professor’s office hours not only will help strengthen the weaknesses in the material but also shows the professor you are trying and putting forth effort. With hundreds of students, professors have trouble remembering student’s names; going to their office hours will help them to recognize you. Another method that is very useful is study groups. Networking with other students in the same classes gives students the opportunity to work together on problems that might be giving them trouble. This method also allows students to ask fellow students questions that might not have been expressed clearly enough in class or that the student might not have grasped the first time is to study alone.
Throughout your time as an accounting major there will be numerous opportunities to meet new people and network. This is very important for your future career in accounting. Take advantage of these opportunities provided by your school. Whether it is clubs and organizations on campus or sponsored dinners by national organizations, take an active role in them all. Clubs and organizations on campus not only help you network with fellow students but also provide you with the skills needed to act with future fellow employees. These organizations and clubs are also a great opportunity to form study groups. The sponsored dinners are a great way to introduce yourself to firms and possibly future employers. Through these dinners you will be introduced to many aspects of accounting, helping to narrow down the type of field you might want to enter into after graduation.
Although accounting can be challenging and frustrating at times, knowing what to expect and how to face the task ahead will help you prepare and overcome any challenges faced during the journey to becoming a successful accountant.