Are you an accounting major at Baruch College attempting to map out your career path? If so, I hope you attended the “Top 10 Tips on How to Succeed as an Accounting Major" workshop held by Graduate Career Management Center (GCMC) Advisor, Jack Pullara, hosted by the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS). If you missed the workshop, read on for the exciting and informative highlights!
If you are a graduate student, you more than likely decided to take the leap to further your career. Being successful in this endeavor requires hard work, and it is important to manage your time and prioritize your work. Jack recommends the below steps to do just that:
Step 1: Draw a timeline.
Time flies when you are having fun (and when you are busy); therefore it is important to manage your time as a student. Draw a timeline highlighting key events and culminate with your graduation. When drawing your timeline, be mindful of On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) Events, such as OCR for internships and OCR for full-time positions. If you miss such opportunities, you could jeopardize your success.
Do not overload on your coursework! You want to make the most of your education and do the best you can in your classes. It is important to maintain high grades because firms generally look for a GPA of 3.5 or above.
Step 2: Learn and understand the mechanics. More importantly, understand the concepts.
In all you face while attaining your degree, do not concentrate on memorizing because you will miss key ideas. Accountants live in a world of concepts, and in order to succeed in your job, you need to understand these concepts. Also, broaden your knowledge by challenging yourself. Read the news and books to strengthen your knowledge.
Step 3: Become a GCMC Regular.
There is a positive correlation between spending time at the GCMC and job offers. The advisors are friendly, insightful, and helpful in all aspects of career-management services from resume reviews to mock interviews. It is recommended that you see an advisor at least once a month.
Step 4: Get to you know your professors during office hours.
Don’t be shy and talk to your professors. Your professors are passionate about their careers and want to see you succeed. Professors can provide insights on the accounting profession and even help with interview questions. In fact, some of them have good relationships with recruiters and you never know when they can help land your dream job!
Step 5: Network with your classmates.
Don’t forget your fellow classmates. Be friendly and talk to your peers. It is important to get to know your classmates and make sure they get to know you. Networking is valuable as paths always cross in the business world.
Step 6: Seek opportunities to learn how to lead.
By becoming a leader, you will stand out amongst job applicants. In a stack of resumes, employers will be drawn to those who demonstrate leadership skills and experiences. Leaders shine during interviews and they have more opportunities to make lasting impressions. Not only does leadership give you an advantage, but also a good feeling when you realize you are instrumental to an organization.
Step 7: Continue developing your communication skills.
Practice makes perfect! Surround yourself with people who have the skills you want to learn. Communicate with those who are great speakers and ask for feedback. By being open to criticism, you will learn and grow.
Reading and writing are also important skills to have. Firms may ask for writing samples on interviews and you want to be able to showcase your abilities.
Step 8: Know what is happening in the world.
Stay current! Become familiar with top news stories and learn how to look at information from a different perspective. Being able to understand an article and how a situation impacts business will make you more knowledgeable.
Step 9: Don’t lose sight on the idea that your time here is like a one or two yearlong interview.
Always put your best foot forward because your time at Baruch is a long interview. It is important to develop and protect your brand because it is on display to classmates, professors, and employers. A few suggestions to develop to develop your brand are to be ethical, contribute in class, and be a team player.
Step 10: Pace yourself (in school and life)
Take a moment to smell the flowers. Life should be fun and you need to make the most of it. Learn how to manage your time and don’t forget about the important aspects, such as your family and health. Life is not a competition and there is no race to the finish line. Find different ways to achieve your goals at a pace that works best for you.
In conclusion, you want to make the most of your time at Baruch and succeed as a student. It is thus important to meet with an advisor at the GCMC to help with many of the items discussed above and answer your career-related questions. The GCMC is located in Room 820 of the Library Building. Call 646-312-1330 to schedule an appointment.
Manage your time, work hard, and enjoy life. Good luck and much success to everybody!