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"Where To Find The Best Accounting Work/Life Balance...
I didn't realize how grueling the schedule would be. Many people say accountants work a lot of hours, but it's only during a 3 month 'busy season'. That's not true when you work for a big four firm. Clients don't always have fiscal year ends at the same time. So if you have clients with fiscal year ends in December and September, your busy season is six months long. You put in 60-70 hour weeks for a fairly low salary. Just no free time at all for half the year." (Auditor; 2013)
"The World Is Your Oyster...
I was surprised at how many job opportunities there were available to someone with an accounting/finance degree that really were unrelated to the school work I did in college." (Accountant; 2013)
It is awesome and surprising how well paying a career in finance can be. The pay is really great for the work that I do." (Auditor; 2013)
"Do Not Get Disheartened And Keep Working Hard...
An auditor has many different aspects he/she can work in, in a number of fields" (Auditor; 2013)
"Continuing Education Is Important In Insurance...
Insurance requires a lot more analysis skills than I anticipated. Most of my co-workers are very intelligent and devoted to their careers." (Insurance Adjuster; 2013)
I was surprised at the amount of work that had to be done. I was also surprised at how little time it took to get done. As you work more, you will be able to speed through the auditing work because you will become more accustomed to it." (Auditor; 2013)
"Accounting Professions Have A Lot To Offer...
Many people think that accounting careers are just about creating financial statements. There are a lot of other areas that can be explored such as company wide auditing." (Staff Auditor; 2013)
"I was surprised at how much in-depth knowledge of banking was required in order to effectively perform my job duties. It is a very detailed and task oriented job which requires the ability to interact with any level of management or board member. Additionally, it is surprising how much time and effort goes into each individual audit that is performed." (Internal Auditor; 2013)
"I was surprised that being an auditor required more skills than I originally had. There was more to this job than I would have learned in the field I was studying in college." (Regional Auditor; 2013)
"I was surprised to find that many large companies don't really do a good job of budgeting their finances. This was really surprising since they have the manpower and resources to do it." (Finance Auditor; 2012)
Auditor: "The best part of my career has to be the fact I meet new people everyday. I can also make my own schedule. The worst part of my career would have to be the travel involved. On some weeks I can travel as much as 1,000 miles and still work 50 hrs per week. Another negative of my job is the fact that I am on salary. So whether I work 70 hours or 10 hours in a given week, I still get paid the same amount." (2011)
Federal Auditor: "A good part of the job is that the areas we audit are always changing and so a Federal Auditor has the opportunity to develop expertise in many different healthcare areas. A difficult part of the job is that it requires extensive travel and you could be away from your family for long stretches of time." (2010)
Auditor: "Be prepared to do monotonous work. It is always fun to invent a little game with the work, so that you'll never be bored." (2013)
Auditor: "Work towards your goal" (2013)
Staff Auditor: "Explore all of the different options that the accounting field has to offer to you. There are many aspects that aren't just crunching numbers." (2013)
Auditor: "The best way to find a job after college is to do internships while you are still in college. You will meet important people while being an intern who will help you with your career." (2013)
Auditor: "Work for a smaller firm. Big four looks great on a resume, but there's a reason that the turnover rate is so high. The average person makes it three years or less before quitting. Smaller firms place much more value on work/life balance." (2013)
Insurance Adjuster: "When you get a job in insurance continue to your education, it is essential to your career." (2013)
Accountant: "Don't limit yourself to a normal, possibly boring CPA, position. Everyone loves an employee who's good with money and the books! The horizon is full of opportunities." (2013)
Auditor: "Stay determined. When you start a career like this you will work really hard for little money. The hours can be long and the work is hard. But if you stick to it and work really hard, it is very rewarding, both financially and emotionally." (2011)
Federal Auditor: "To be eligible for a Federal Auditor position, you must complete 24 credit hours in accounting. Without completion of these accounting requirements, you cannot be considered for the position. Develop interviewing skills. A lot of your work will require you to interview people at the agencies or departments you are auditing. Develop writing skills too. Once the field work is over, you will have to write an audit report and send it out to the auditee." (2010)