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The Places Accounting Can Take You
If internal accounting is not for you, you may want to use your accounting skills in a different area.
No matter what accounting job you take, it's almost certain that the knowledge you gained and skills you learned will be a part of your daily work. Even CEO's need to check up on their employees' calculations from time to time, especially now that they're responsible for the validity of those calculations! The basic principals of accounting are hard to escape from if you want to remain in the field but there are ways to do accounting work which is far from stereotypical.
Becoming an accountant will provide you with all of the necessary skills to manage your own finances, should you open your own business. So if you are one of those creative types, there is a way to put your ideas to good use while also benefiting from your accounting knowledge. Instead of calling others to track and manage your finances, you can do it yourself, provided you're willing to put in some extra work. You can even create your own models to help you grow the business. Knowing the ins and outs of accounting in the business industry is without a doubt an advantage.
Someone needs to teach up and coming accountants about the business so why can't it be you? Accounting courses are almost guaranteed to be found in high schools, colleges and universities, allowing accountants to stop practicing and pass on their accumulated knowledge and experience. There are no ledgers or tax seasons involved with this job, but rather exams to mark, lectures to prepare and students and colleagues to interact with on a daily basis. Teaching is very different from a position at an accounting firm and may only appeal to those who are more extroverted and enjoy more social interaction.
Some of the new accounting specialties are far from typical and allow accountants to integrate their hobbies or passions into their accounting work. For example, environmental accountants help businesses ensure that they are complying with government regulations, helping prevent pollution and preserving the environment in addition to doing traditional accounting work. Also with globalization and international trade agreements, accountants that have a knowledge of international trade laws and regulations are in demand by companies who want to ensure that their international operations run legally and smoothly. Another emerging accounting specialty involves accountants who have a knowledge of computer systems and the internet so that they can ensure a company's cyber security.
This job may be quite far from the beaten path but according to Dona DeZube, a Monster Finance Careers Expert, 5% of FBI agents are in fact CPAs. Investigations not only include secret operations and undercover agents, but agents who investigate related finances for hints, clues and leads. Being an accountant with an FBI blows the bean counter stereotype to pieces and may be a track to look in to for the more adventurous type - the much more adventurous type.
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