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Studying Outside Your Accounting Courses

13 DEC 2012
Career Path : Accounting

You may have chosen accounting courses because that was the field that most appealed to you or because it made the most sense in today’s tough job market, however it is very worth your while to look beyond your program and into the course offerings in other faculties. As well as becoming better-rounded through electives, other faculties will give you introductions to different career fields and more skills to sell yourself to future employers, or even start your own business.


How to Find Other Courses

Most accounting schools are attached to larger institutions, such as private career and business colleges, community colleges or universities. Your course catalogue is the obvious place to go to for classes that can range from pottery to administrative assistant courses, but you can also try speaking with your guidance office, because they may be able to look over your academic transcript with you and spot other areas you will excel in. However, even if your school doesn’t offer much in the way of other options, there will be clubs and skills around or attached to your campus, in everything from foreign languages and martial arts to guitar and origami. They may not have the classroom rigor and transcript boost of something offered by your school, but will still benefit your resume as an extra-curricular. And of course, lastly, looking outside to other schools may go against the grain, but you may even be able to apply credits from other institutions to your degree, depending on the exchange agreements your school has.


Soft Electives or Hard Skills

Accounting courses are one of the more practical fields of study you can embark on. With reliable employment, the skills you’ll learn are the trade-off for creativity and freedom to pursue other interests, but choosing a less career minded range of elective classes such as philosophy or history these classes may give you a break from the spreadsheets to keep you motivated. Additionally, if double majors are an option, this will make you stand out to employers as having passions that go beyond your work, without hurting your professional image. Meanwhile, pursuing hard skills outside your field can help you find a job and get ahead. For example, in the aforementioned example of an administrative assistant course, this program will provide you access to everything from business writing and communication to teaching you hidden features in popular email software. And, as today’s workplace increasingly demands ongoing training over your entire career trajectory, taking additional skill focused classes now while you have a student’s scheduling flexibility will give you a boost when you inevitably have to go back to school.


In either instance, other courses also give one other advantage. If you chose accounting courses because you were unsure if another major you were interested in was for you, sampling a few classes allows you to decide if you want to make a switch without having to jump in with both feet.



Visit Academy of Learning College for other course options to take while studying at accounting schools.