The Benefits of a College Accounting Degree

April 15, 2021 at 03:00

The career options it offers and where it can take you

CHICAGO, IL, April 15, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- New Accountant magazine covers the broad spectrum of pursuing your passion within the accounting industry. While there is a dedicated article to explaining the various routes one can take within the accounting field, another explores taking the academia route, while yet another piece focuses on seeing the interpersonal benefits of the accounting profession. Lastly, there is a helpful article on how to create a resume that will take you where you want to go.

The featured cover story is entitled "Pursue Your Passion". This inspiring article is written by Lisa Book, CMA, CFM, CSCA, Lecturer in Accounting for Indiana University Southeast and a member of the Global Board of Directors, Institute of Management Accountants. (www.CMACareers.org)

The article extols the virtues of the CMA certification, which enables students to differentiate themselves from their peers, by featuring aspiring, young accounting professionals who received the CMA Scholarship as students and now pursuing a rewarding career tracks in a variety of industries.

The featured peer-reviewed article, "A Different Flavor: Accounting as an Interpersonal Profession" by Steven Orpurt, clinical professor, W.P. Carey School of Accountancy at Arizona State University, delves into how the accounting profession is much more of a social profession (within a business context) than most people realize, simply because it measures wealth activities that are of interest to almost everyone within a company. Therefore, each accounting specialty involves ongoing interpersonal and social activities.

In "PhD: A Student Guide to Becoming a College Professor" we get the flipside of pursuing a corporate accounting career, which means in short, pursuing a career in academia. Written by accounting instructor Julie Staples, Professor Cassie W. Chandler and accounting student Kathryn V. Little (all Jacksonville State University), discusses what a PhD is and how you can use it. The article begins by exploring what the duties of a college professor would be, followed by different types of PhD programs (traditional vs. non-traditional), the rewards of being in academia and other opportunities it affords. It summarizes by giving a list of skills, requirements and time and financial commitments needed to pursue this challenging yet rewarding path.

"Building a Resume!" written by Professors Thomas E. Buttross of Penn State and George Schmelzle of Missouri State is a valuable article on helping students draft the best resume that will get the job they are pursuing - whatever track they choose. The best advice given is that a resume technically takes years to write, making sure each educational and work choice you make can be viewed as value-added to your resume. As such, the professors recommend that a resume is tailored a bit for each job to which is being applied as recruiters will spend very little time perusing it - therefore, the stand-out items must really stand out.

Published since 1985 by Real Estate News Corp., NEW ACCOUNTANT is a print and digital journal for college accounting students, with articles written by college accounting professors and industry professionals. A resource for students of Accountancy on the vast career and advanced degree opportunities for today's graduate, helping them prepare for a career in Accounting. This publication is also used extensively to introduce the many benefits of Accounting as a college major and future profession to high school students.

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