Age 48 An Dam Completing My Accounting Degree-bachelors-any Suggestion ?
Q: I am 48 years old and am finishing my bachelors degree in accounting.
Any advice on how to move into the field at my age. I feel that age
plays a big role in accounting???help
A:That depends on where you'd like to go. I don't see you as an entry level auditor grunting out 60 hour weeks for peanuts, but you have to start somewhere I suppose. What is your other background? That to me would play a helpful role in shaping your future path. Certainly you have skills from past jobs that, when added to your accounting education, make you attractive to certain employers. Play that up and see what employers would be the most impressed with your skill set and overall background. To the extent that age also means experience, maturity and stability, yes. While you don't have a lot of accounting experience - yet - , as I was saying, those other experiences should, when added to your accounting education, make you attractive to someone. Figure out who that may be (what industry segments) and head in that direction. In Connecticut you need two years of public accounting and a masters degree to become a CPA, I am trying to psychologically prepare myself for the initail entry into the field and move on from there. Any suggestions??? I would have assumed that you started later in life - a "returning student" as it were. But even if getting your degree took 20 years, I'm smart enough to know that you weren't partying all that time. If you feel you need to have an answer, then tell them the truth of what and why you are a late bloomer. Life gets in the way of the best plans. From your work experiences, you might consider some accounting form that deals with hotels/motels/B&B's, etc. for starters. For private (instead of public) accounting, turn toward the corporate office of the hotels (not the local hotel at all), or find a company that owns and manages hotels, as your experiences may be of value to them.
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