Majoring in Accounting

Majoring in Accounting

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[About the Major] LEVI: Accounting is the language of business.
Every management decision has financial consequences, and Accounting measures and reports how these
decisions affect the financial condition of the firm. BRIANA: There is an array of fields in which
you can use an Accounting degree. You may audit financial statements, help businesses
with tax planning, create information to help managers make decisions, or investigate scams. [Why Accounting?] LEVI: Most people either love Accounting or
they just don’t really have a passion for it. But I chose the major because I really
love the functionality of Accounting. If you understand Accounting, then you really understand
the inner processes of a business. Terry’s Accounting program is one of the top
ranked Accounting programs in the nation and it is highly competitive to get into this
major. To be successful in this field, you need very strong analytical skills and the
ability to communicate with people. BRIANA: Employers recognize that Terry grads
are of high caliber and perform outstanding on the CPA exam. Companies flock here to recruit,
and they contribute to students’ professional development as well. [Careers in Accounting] LEVI: Accounting majors work for accounting
firms or as accountants within a public or private company. Those wanting to specialize
in an area should continue on to earn their Master of Accountancy, otherwise known as
a MAcc. BRIANA: Terry graduates work for top public
and private companies as well as for the top 100 accounting firms, including the Big Four.
These four firms audit the vast majority of publicly traded companies and many private
companies in the world. I interned at KPMG doing audits and reconciling
financial statements. After graduation, I will have a final summer internship and then
I will begin my MAcc. LEVI: This next summer I’ll be with PWC doing
an audit internship. I plan on taking the CPA exam during my MAcc and to work for a
Big Four firm after graduation. [What Advice Would You Give to Incoming Accounting
Majors?] BRIANA: There are a lot of jobs out there
and opportunities are nationwide. But, you should be prepared for firms to ask you to
relocate and to work long hours during the busy season. LEVI: The accounting recruiting season occurs
in the fall semester, and it’s crucial that you get involved early on. If you’re really
active at the Career Fair and you meet as many companies as possible, you can really
set yourself up for a lot of future opportunities. BRIANA: If you’re a highly analytical and
detail-oriented individual who anticipates working in a rewarding career, then major
in Accounting at Terry.

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