Embarking on a new career is always emotional. Obviously, you’re excited, and at the same time, it’s daunting knowing you need put yourself in a position for long-term success. Here’s how to set yourself up for a satisfying and prosperous career in accounting.
A career in accounting hinges on more than your ability to accurately crunch numbers. As someone others will entrust with their finances, how you present yourself is of paramount importance. Honesty and trustworthiness will weigh heavily on your success. With that in mind, embrace a mindset of being a professional on all fronts. Think in terms of reputation management, and keep your image pristine both in your personal interactions and on the web. Polish your social media accounts and be conscientious of how others might perceive what you post and how you respond to people.
Choose your style
Many people believe accountants are quiet, behind-the-scenes workers. However, Career Trend points out people of various personality types can be successful as accountants. In fact, they cite studies noting accounting professionals are often extroverts. Bear in mind it’s important to be able to discuss details, concerns, and future goals relating to the accounts you’re addressing. It’s crucial to develop solid communication methods for working with peers and clients. Be sensitive to your clients and their needs, and maintain a human connection. Some experts point out there are a number of different job types, so as you climb the ladder, look for opportunities that help you blossom, whether sitting behind a computer most of the time or in a meeting room. Whatever suits you best can be your niche.
Learning and growing
When it comes to advancing your career, there is no substitute for on-the-job experience. It’s a chance to develop an impressive resume as you advance through various stages. It shows you’re able to manage real-world deadlines, workplace dynamics, and can handle the hurdles that come along with the job. There are times when it’s necessary to make your own opportunities. If you’re struggling to find the right window for broadening your skills, or you can’t seem to find an open door, one way to forge a path is through volunteering. As The Muse explains, it looks great on your resume, you can expand your network, and there are plenty of charities looking for volunteers to help with their ongoing bookkeeping duties.
Keep in touch
Throughout your career, it’s important to develop some networking strategies to help you stay abreast of industry trends, stay in touch with those who can help further your career, and connect with other professionals for ideas and support. Also, when someone is directly or indirectly instrumental in helping you, whether a customer, mentor or peer, be sure to acknowledge that assistance. It’s a chance to reinforce the relationship, and everyone loves to be appreciated. Also, consider making it part of your professional development routine to attend career-oriented events. You can make new contacts, learn about changes in the field, and promote whatever you’re working on.
Put technology at the forefront
We live in an electronic age, and the field of accounting is directly affected by technological trends. As an example, embracing the cloud has a direct impact on accounting efficiency, as does automation. Being able to send and pay invoices from anywhere, and doing so automatically, can be a game-changer for many businesses. There are also numerous tech tools that are shaping the world of accounting. Adaptive security can keep data safe and even anticipate risks. Firms are using videos for outreach to clients, conversational platforms to ensure customer satisfaction, and digital recruiters to engage top candidates, just to name a few current trends. Remain aware so your skills and knowledge are relevant.
Pursuing a career in accounting is exciting and full of unique opportunities. As you face the challenges of advancing your journey, pay attention to trends, tend your connections carefully, and ensure others can see you as someone worthy of handling their finances. You can ensure a successful and prosperous career when you base it on integrity, perseverance, and positive networking.
By Julie Morris
Julie Morris is a life and career coach. She thrives on helping others live their best lives. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. After years in a successful (but unfulfilling) career in finance, Julie busted out of the corner office that had become her prison. Today, she is fulfilled by helping busy professionals like her past self get the clarity they need in order to live inspired lives that fill more than just their bank accounts. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book.