If you’re an accountant who is already working in the industry, you probably already have a pretty good grip on things. You may be well established in your community and you may have a job that you love. But, there are always ways you can boost your accounting career, and qualify for promotions, raises or even a different type of accounting job.
1. Further Your Education
You are probably thinking that you don’t have time to go back to school. Between your job and your family responsibilities, you’re very busy. But, there’s good news! Online classes make it possible for anyone to further their education.
Online classes can be taken anywhere and whenever it fits into your schedule. Your lectures and assignments will all be done online, so there is no need to live close to the school you are enrolled in. Also, many programs allow you to take classes at your own pace.
Furthering your education doesn’t necessarily mean you need to earn a degree. You may already have a degree in accounting. However, taking some online classes can help you stay up to date in the industry and even help you become more qualified.
2. Become Certified
If you aren’t already a certified public accountant, you should definitely become one. In many cases, employers prefer to hire CPAs because they seem to be more qualified for a position. You may be just as qualified and knowledgeable as someone who is certified, but having the certification and the letters behind your name can go a long way in the job market.
Check with your local colleges to see if they offer CPA certification classes. Earning this type of certification will help you stand out among other job candidates and will only help boost your reputation.
3. Join an Association
Joining a local chapter of The American Accounting Association or the National Society of Accountants is a great way to make new connections. We all know that networking can help you take your career to new heights, and a good way to network is to attend events hosted by these organizations. Even if you aren’t interested in finding a new job, having a network of fellow accountants can help you become more proficient at your job.
No matter what stage of your career you are at, there are lots of things you can do to enhance it. Whether you are looking to move on to a new job, or just want to boost your earning potential and reputation, these three tips can help.
Jill Hardy writes for UniversitiesOnline.net, a website that is dedicated to helping students explore all kinds of online programs, from medical to business programs.