Petra K. Earns the Flexibility to Have a Career on Her Terms

uacIn 2010, Petra Kirkland found herself unemployed.  Even with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and experience as a manager at Verizon, she was unable to secure a job.  Then she saw an advertisement for Universal’s free Start Today Seminar and decided to attend.

Following the Start Today Seminar, Petra enrolled in UAC’s training programs.  She soon completed the following:

In 2011 she started her own practice and enjoyed considerable success.  She explained that the “…key to my success is determination and hard work.  I kept at it even when I didn’t have any clients.”

Fortunately, that didn’t last long.  Her practice grew to serve 8 regular clients, which she secured through principles taught in the UPB program.  She found they appreciated the one-on-one attention they received and enjoyed working with someone who kept them informed about their finances and business status.  Petra went on to explain, “Having freedom to set my own hours and work from home was great.”

Sadly, Petra’s husband died in 2013, and she no longer wanted to work from home.  Luckily, her newfound skills and consequent experience enabled her to get a permanent position as a bookkeeper for a property management company.

Petra’s situation demonstrates the importance of securing marketable skills.  Some may use these to launch their own businesses while others still may find it helps them receive promotions and advancement in current positions.  Regardless, it offers peace of mind and the flexibility to build a career on your own terms.

Petra advises Universal graduations to “have confidence, stay focused and don’t give up.”  Having followed that advice herself, Petra is enjoying a career of her own making, regardless of the struggles life has thrown her way.

Call Universal now at 877-833-7908 to enroll in one or more of our stellar training programs, and change the course of your professional future!

Creative Career Negotiations

No Salary Increases?  Ask for Perks

With the recession still in full swing, negotiating a higher salary might be difficult.  But you don’t have to give up your hopes of earning a promotion just because the market is insecure.  One way to approach negotiations is by seeking job perks.  Depending on the perks you secure, they might be worth more than a raise would be.

Here are 5 things you might consider requesting:

Health benefits.  If you already have health benefits, this is non-negotiable.  But if you’ve been working without, this would be a good “perk” to ask for, especially if you’ve proven yourself valuable to an employer.

Increased vacation days. Paid time-off is a great perk.  While this does cost an employer, it’s considerably less than a substantial raise would be.  Consider asking for 10 to 14 additional vacation days per work year.

Flexible work schedule. This costs your employer nothing.  However, it can be difficult to ask for greater flexibility in your work schedule simply because your employer probably doesn’t want to allow every employee the same luxury.  But don’t let that stop you.  Depending on your personal situation and work history, you may have proven yourself trustworthy enough to earn an unconventional work schedule.

Permission to telecommute. Like a more flexible work schedule, this one may be viewed as taboo by some employers.  But for the past few years, many companies have come to realize that affording employees greater work flexibility makes for a more productive work environment—even if for some employees that environment is at home.  Before you approach an employee for this perk, have your ducks in a row.  Is your home a suitable work environment?  Do you have all the necessary equipment to function from home (internet connection, fax, and computer with all the necessary software)?  If you approach your employer requesting costly equipment for your telecommuting work space, you may find yourself at an instant disadvantage.

Training.  This perk is a win-win.  You receive the training necessary to boost your resume and your employability while your employer gains a more skilled employee.  Universal Accounting Center has a number of training programs you might consider.  All would increase your value to an employer; all would be a valuable personal investment as well.

Universal Accounting’s Tax Training

If you work for a small business, your eligibility to prepare taxes under the new regulations established by the IRS could be beneficial to your current employer.  And in completing income tax training, the Professional Tax Preparer course, not only could you earn the Professional Tax Preparer Designation, but you could also learn everything you need to know to pass the IRS Competency Exam and receive up to 60 CPE credits, depending on the number of modules you complete.

Acquire the expertise necessary to build a home-based tax business and become a Professional Tax Preparer before next tax season.  UAC’s Professional Tax Preparer (PTP) program will not only give you hands-on training in completing full individual (1040) and business returns (1065, 1120, 1120S), but it will also provide you with the following:

  • Step-by-step instruction in becoming a sole practitioner
  • One year of follow-up support from expert tax preparers
  • The opportunity to earn valuable professional certification
  • Our iron-clad, risk-free guarantee

Talk to your employer about the possibility of enrolling in this online tax course as a job perk.  And if you’re self-employed, consider investing in yourself this fall.  Call 1-877-833-7909 to enroll in the Professional Tax Preparer Program today, and improve your competitive advantage while securing your professional standing in the tax industry.

Universal Press Release

Universal Press Release

For Immediate Release (800)343-4827

Universal Accounting Initiates New Interactive Testing Center

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (March 1, 2007) – Universal Accounting Center (UAC), an Inc. 500 company, has launched an upgraded testing center for students completing the Professional Bookkeeper program, Professional Tax Preparer program and Professional Bookkeepers guide to QuickBooks Pro. The testing center provides a reliable solution for students participating in UAC’s distance programs.The upgraded Web testing center includes the following features:

  • An advanced database accelerating student movement to each question.
  • Students can navigate to any question regardless of where they are in the test.
  • A virtual “time attendant” following students throughout the test monitoring remaining test time.

Universal Accounting Center is the worlds only accounting specific trade school offering accounting, bookkeeping and marketing training to students throughout the world. Skills are taught through classroom trainings or through a patented home-study course, allowing students to learn at their own pace. In August, 2006, Universal Accounting debuted on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States. More information about Universal Accounting Center can be found by calling 1-800-343-4827 or visiting

Resume Do’s and Don’ts

Does Your Resume Put Your Best Foot Forward?

There’s A Lot of Opportunity – Make Your Resume Strong Enough to Improve Your Career

A New Year = A New Career? What a great time to consider a career in the accounting field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the strength of the job market in accounting will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. As more and more start-up businesses enter the economy, the need for skilled and qualified bookkeepers and accounting professionals has never been better. In fact, if you’re looking for a stable career with the ability to create a consistent and rewarding income, the accounting department has been a great place to be for over 500 years.

I’m Not an Accountant Yet. Is This Really a Stable Career With Potential for Growth?

If you have the right education and skills, it really is a stable career that offers great income and job security. In fact, the accounting profession has been around since 1494.As long as government requires all businesses to do accounting, there will be a need for skilled and qualified bookkeepers and accountants. At the end of this article, I’ll talk more about how to gain the right education and skills.If you’ve decided that you want to change your career and join the ranks of those who have found personal and professional satisfaction in the accounting field, you’ll need a resume that will knock-em-dead. Here is a list of some do’s and don’ts for putting together a high-impact resume that gets noticed.


  • Be concise. You’re not the only busy person in the world. Those reading a resume don’t want to know your work history beginning with the lemonade stand at age 7. Try to keep your resume to one page, but it can go over that length if you feel the information is relevant to the job and sets you apart from the competition.
  • Be interesting. If you were responsible for keeping a $1 million contract on target, say so. Tell how your work kept the client happy, produced quality results, and used certain skills. This also will give the employer something to ask you specifically about in the interview.
  • Be prepared. Study an employer like it was the last one on earth willing to give you a job. Know the key players and what they do, how to spell their names, what the company does, a business history, etc. This will help target your resume to the employer’s needs.
  • Be lively. Use words that convey action and enthusiasm. If you can’t think of any, get a thesaurus, watch commercials or read advertisements to get ideas on how to ”sell” yourself.
  • Hit the target. The key to resumes these days is homing in on what the employer wants, and what you can do to give it to them. Consider all the information on your resume from the employer’s point of view. What would its executives consider important to their industry? What skills do you have to help them win new clients, develop new products or make their company more efficient?


  • Don’t make mistakes. We all make them, so have someone with good writing skills read your resume for grammatical flaws, spelling errors, typos, etc.
  • Don’t be goofy. Most of those who read resumes would rather look at normal type on normal paper without straining their eyes or patience. Make the benefits of hiring you stand out, not the look of your resume.
  • Don’t offer personal information. For employers, it’s against the law for them to inquire how much you weigh or whether you are married, so it’s just better to avoid such personal data. At the same time, they probably don’t care if you needlepoint or are an enthusiastic tuba player unless it relates directly to the job.
  • Don’t stretch the truth. There’s a difference between playing up your abilities, and misrepresenting yourself. Don’t fudge the facts: it’s too easy to check the truth and ruin your chances at getting the job you really want.

Remember, practice makes perfect. This is true when writing a resume too. There are a number of sites online as well as books that give you helpful suggestions. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your resume. Be willing to rewrite your resume to keep up with workplace trends. As your resume writing expertise improves, so will your ability to find the perfect job.

How Do I Gain the Right Skills for a Job in the Accounting Department?

You need the right education, but you won’t find it at the local college. You don’t need a college or university degree to gain the skills that will make you a valuable asset to small business owners, but you do need a specific set of skills. At Universal Accounting, we’ve taught people like you and me the ins-and-outs of small business bookkeeping and accounting since 1979. We’ve been called the small business accounting experts for over 25 years.At Universal, we believe that hands-on learning is hands-down the best approach. The Professional Bookkeeper Program utilizes DVD-based instruction, easy-to-understand textbook materials and practice sets of actual small business bookkeeping records to give you real-world experience navigating the world of small business bookkeeping.Once you’ve finished the Professional Bookkeeper Program, you’ll have the confidence of having done a complete set of books for several small businesses, from a frame shop to a motorcycle shop. You’ll understand everything you need to know to work in the accounting department of any small business anywhere in America. From Accounts Payable and Receivable to Payroll and General Ledger, you’ll become a small business accounting expert.What’s more, you’ll be able to offer valuable and informative advice to business owners that make his or her business more profitable and successful. This kind of information not only makes your resume look great, but creates the kind of job security you and your family deserve.

Get Paid What You’re Worth

The opportunities in small business bookkeeping and accounting have never been better than they are right now. Robert Half International, the largest placement firm for accounting professionals in the world, says that bookkeepers are in so much demand that over the next twelve months they will be able to demand a better salary than ever before. You might as well be one of those professionals who gets paid what you’re worth.If you are looking for a new career or you want to advance the career you have now, the Professional Bookkeeper Program is the right tool for the right job. Last year we randomly surveyed 100 graduates of the program 12 months or longer after their graduation. Of that group, 74% of them presently work in accounting, had been promoted at their current job or had started their own business.

You Don’t Have to Take My Word For It

Click HERE to find out what graduates are saying about the Professional Bookkeeper Program.If you’d like to learn more about how a bookkeeping and accounting education advances your career and how the Professional Bookkeeper Program will provide you with the tools to do it, follow the link below. Don’t you deserve to find out more about how you can attain the professional and personal rewards of a recession-proof occupation that will create the lifestyle you want?

Regardless of your background,IT WORKS!

It doesn’t matter if you have 20 years experience in accounting, or have never worked in the field before, the course is designed to provide practical, hands-on training for everyone!

Free Gift

Two Additional Practice Sets-a $$$ value-

Practice makes perfect. The three modules already contain practice sets for nine different businesses. Purchase the Professional Bookkeeper program today and you’ll receive two more practice sets, giving you eleven in all. This will give you even more confidence and experience in various industries and the opportunity to work with additional types of clients.


Filling the Gaps

How the Accounting Profession May Respond to Talent Shortages

A ladder against a blue sky.Last December Robert Half International, a staffing and consulting firm, created The Financial Leadership Council in order to report on trends in the accounting, finance and audit professions. Recently they released a report entitled “Charting the Future of the Accounting, Finance and Audit Profession” addressing the projected shortage of talent in the accounting field.Universal Accounting Center has long been reporting that accounting is a sure profession with a bright future and endless opportunity. This new report confirms UAC’s assessment, expressing concern over the projected talent shortage while suggesting ways in which the profession can better attract and secure accounting professionals. The report also advices accounting professionals how to best prepare for changes in the industry.

Attracting and Retaining Skilled Professionals

The Financial Leadership Council advices employers to revise their recruiting practices in order to make even entry-level positions more appealing. Their suggestions include enhancing the branding of the accounting profession, showcasing exemplary professionals who successfully balance their families and careers while offering more career guidance, projects that promote growth, and challenging assignments mixed with routine tasks. The profession as a whole will be required to better understand what motivates and inspires this new generation of employees.

Preparing for Changes

And if you are looking to advance in the accounting profession, the council advices you to enhance your communication skills. Technological advances, including email and text messaging, will require the ability to communicate more, not less, effectively. And again, as UAC has consistently advised, an accountant’s ability to analyze financial information, to act as a profit and growth expert, and to inform business owners as they make crucial business decisions, will make them valuable assets to any organization. Finally, the council encourages accountants to improve their cultural literacy in order to increase their ability to function in a global economy.To request a free copy of this report, visit

The Professional Bookkeeper Program Can Help You Prepare

Universal Accounting Center has been helping individuals like you advance in the accounting industry for over 25 years. And one of the objectives of the Professional Bookkeeper Program is to train individuals to act as a company’s profit and growth expert, using the analysis of financial information to help small business owners make key decisions that will make their businesses more profitable.Not only that, but in receiving this training you enable yourself to start a small business of your own as a freelance accountant. Never has there been a time where skilled accountants are in such high demand. You can craft your own opportunity, either advancing in your current job or taking that leap to start your own accounting firm. The possibilities are truly endless.Start Today DVD logoNapoleon Bonaparte once said, “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” UAC recognizes your need to take the time to decide whether or not this program is for you. That’s why we’ve created a DVD designed to help you start your own accounting and bookkeeping practice. This DVD will introduce you to our program and how you can use the training to take advantage of all the opportunities in the accounting field. For less than ten dollars you can deliberate and then prepare for action before it’s too late. Don’t waste another day. Order now!

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