If you’re a full-time college student getting ready to finish out your senior year as an accounting major or finance major, you’re more than likely itching to get out into the “real world” and embark on your accounting career. While the finish line is just beyond the horizon, you’re not quite there yet. Many students on the verge of obtaining their Bachelor’s degree slip up in major ways right toward the very end of their time at school for such silly reasons.
We put together our Top 3 Senior Year Tips to get you through your Senior Year and straight to gradation at the finish line.
Get Good Grades!
Ok, this tip probably seems pretty obvious, but you would be absolutely surprised by how many students are steps away from getting their accounting degree and before they know it they aren’t eligible to graduate anymore. Students, particularly around their late junior year and senior year of college, start feeling the impending freedom and stop completing their coursework, attending lectures, skipping career fairs, and generally neglecting their responsibilities as a student — even though the semester isn’t over yet!
Do yourself a favor and keep getting good grades, keep participating in the organizations you’re a part of, and keep going to class!
Fulfill All Necessary Requirements Before Taking the CPA Exam
Becoming a Certified Public Accountant is definitely something you have to work for beyond your undergrad education. To be eligible for your CPA license you need to complete at least 150 credit hours — by the way, you can also pursue the field of accountancy with any college major — and a certain amount of work experience determined by your respective State Board. If you’re smart, you’ll start your job search early so you can get a leg up on the competition and a position within an accounting firm to prepare you with real-life experience before studying for the CPA Exam!
Study With a Great CPA Review Course
Your accounting classes will prepare you for some of what you will see on the CPA Exam, but not all of it. Find some additional study materials to make sure you’re adequately prepared to sit for the exam. There are plenty of CPA Review course providers out there to choose from, so do your due diligence and sign up for as many free trials as you possibly can. This way, you’ll be able to get a feel for the course that’s best for your learning style.
If you’re really ambitious, you can even get started with internship experience as early as your freshman year or sophomore year in your community college, state university, or whatever higher-learning institution you attend. Potential employers will absolutely love to see that you’ve taken the initiative to gain work experience early on — and I wouldn’t be surprised if this resulted in quite a few job offers upon graduation!
Do you have any great tips for college students
embarking on their Senior Year?
Let us know in the comments!