5 Tips to Advance Your Accounting Career

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Jul 22, 2021

Jul 22, 2021 • by Rebecca Smith

We’ve all heard the dreaded question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”. Assuming you won’t win the lottery, you should always have a career plan. Otherwise, you could remain in a foundational role through to retirement. 

There’s nothing wrong with that if it’s what you want. But you worked a lot of long hours over the years to earn your bachelor's in accounting. Is your plan to remain in the same entry-level position for several decades?

Both an accounting and bookkeeping professional follow rewarding career paths. And we want to support your journey. So here are 5 tips to advance your accounting career.

1. Find a Mentor

Having a mentor is helpful in many professions. It can prove valuable to learn the ropes from someone who’s climbed them before. Connect with a seasoned professional to aid in your technical and career advancement. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a high demand for accountants and auditors. They estimate 125,700 available jobs every year between 2019 and 2029. Having a mentor could make you a better accountant able to grow with the economy. 

2. Build Your Network

Does your social circle include those who know the people to know? Networking goes far beyond making friends. It’s building business relationships with the folks who can get you a seat at the table.

Having the right mentor is one way to make great connections with top executives. But you’ll still need to prove your potential. Stand out from other accounting professionals competing for the same opportunities. 

3. Earn Your Certification

Becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a commendable accomplishment. But it’s not the only certification for accountants. And all certifications showcase your commitment to the profession. 

Elevate your bookkeeping and accounting skills. Schools like Universal Accounting prepare you for becoming a Professional Bookkeeper. Earn this certification and watch your designation draw attention to your qualifications.

4. Stay Current

You finally earned the promotion and recognition you wanted but now what? Getting rewarded for your certification is wonderful. And becoming a subject-matter expert comes with responsibility.

You must stay current on the latest technology. Make certain to learn the skills needed to maintain your expertise. Continuing education courses exist for that very reason.

5. Broaden Your Knowledge Base

Don’t forget, there’s always something worth learning. Discover other areas of accounting you may find of interest. Understand how they all contribute to an individual’s or business’s financial health. 

Broaden your accounting knowledge base. Move from accounting manager to top executive at a Big Four accounting firm. Become a mentor who leads networking and sits at the head of the table.

Advance Your Accounting Career

So you may not find it easy to predict the next five years. But you can start mapping out your career path. Follow these 5 tips for advancing your accounting career in the right direction.

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