Where Should You Go to School for Accounting? For a lot of professions, getting a degree at a specific college is very important. Firms want the lawyers that come from Yale, Stanford or Harvard University. These schools are reputed to have some of the hardest working, young students in the country. We often envision these students grinding their way through the toughest curriculum around while burning the midnight oil to stay caught up. And if you visit these schools today, you’ll find that that is truly the case. Many can’t afford to spend time with their friends because they have so much work to do. This can negatively affect candidates for other professions. The best jobs are taken by people with a degree from one of the prestige universities. Consequently, many aspiring accountants, nurses or politicians often search for the number one ranked schools before they’ll even consider the universities close to home. Working in Accounting For those already in the working arena, dedicating the time to work like the full-time students can’t be an option. Your responsibilities as an established adult can be time consuming for the amount of work these prestigious schools require, making it impossible to attend these universities. How then will you get the best job if you can’t go to the best schools? Luckily, for some careers, candidates would be better off attending a local college than get into a prestigious one. Accounting is one of those career paths. Aspiring accountants don’t need a big name school attached to their name. In fact, just as long as you have a degree, most any company will hire you to keep their books, and they’ll pay you well for it too. They don’t care about where you got your accounting degree from, they just care that you have it. The reason for this is that every school that offers the program is required to follow strict guidelines given by the State Boards of Accountancy. Accountancy Boards This board closely monitors the curriculum taught to all future accountants and regulates changes as they are needed. Therefore, the only thing you need to check before applying to the major is whether or not they are accredited. Look for the AACSB (The Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation. If it has it, then it’s golden. There are many schools that operate in the same way. Whether you graduate from and Ivy League School or branch of a smaller school, a degree in accounting will allow you to be a reliable accountant, anywhere. The curriculum is very similar and the businesses you will work for understand that.
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