Claudia Lubaski Associate Professor_ Accounting by pengxuebo


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  Education is an important part of life.
 The amount and type of education that
   individuals receive is a major influence on both
  the types of jobs they are able to hold and their
        earnings. Lifelong learning is important in
   acquiring new knowledge and upgrading one’s
              skills, particularly in this age of rapid
         technological and economic changes. The
educational services industry includes a variety of
institutions that offer academic education, career
    and technical instruction, and other education
     and training to millions of students each year.

Careers In Education
 The type of work
• Evaluate and grade students’ class work,
                                                                           Quick Facts                               ?                                        BUSINESS
                                                                     In 2010, 70 percent of postsecondary
   assignments, and papers.
• Prepare and deliver lectures to
                                                                     teachers worked for colleges,
                                                                     universities and professional schools and
   undergraduate or graduate students on
   topics such as financial accounting,
                                                                     22 percent worked for junior colleges.
                                                                     Many postsecondary teachers find their                                                   POSTSECONDARY
   principles of marketing, and operations                           jobs rewarding because they are
   management.                                                       surrounded by others who enjoy their
• Initiate, facilitate, and moderate                                 subject. The opportunity to share their                                                  Claudia Lubaski
   classroom discussions.                                            expertise with others also is appealing
                                                                                                                                                              Associate Professor, Accounting
                                                                     to many. However, some postsecondary
• Prepare course materials such as syllabi,                          teachers must find a balance between                                                     Lorain County Community College
   homework assignments, and handouts.                               teaching students and doing research                                                     1005 Abbe Road North in Elyria, OH
• Compile, administer, and grade                                     and publishing their findings. This can
   examinations, or assign this work to                              be stressful, especially for beginning
                                                                                                                                    Teach courses in business administration and
   others.                                                           teachers seeking advancement in 4-year                         management, such as accounting, finance, human
                                                                     research universities. College and                             resources, labor and industrial relations,
• Maintain student attendance records,                                                                                              marketing, and operations research. Includes both
   grades, and other required records.                               university instructors usually have
                                                                     flexibility in their work schedules, but                       teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those
• Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula,                              they may also devote time to their own                         who do a combination of teaching and research.
   course content, and course materials and                          academic coursework and studies.
   methods of instruction.
                                                                                                                                   Q. How did you become interested in your particular field?
                                                                                                                                   A. I enjoy financial matters, working with people and
EARNINGS (2010)           POTENTIAL                                        THE                                                     being involved with business. That led me to become an
                                                                                                                                   accountant first, working in both public and corporate
Annual Earnings Potential
                               Low           Median          High          FUTURE                                                  sectors. I began to realize that often times when meeting
                                                                                                                                   with clients I was actually teaching them how to interpret a
                                                                                                                                   financial statement and the meaning behind the numbers. I
United States............$35,400........$74,800.......$153,200
Ohio.........................$19,000........$62,100.......$136,000                   OUTLOOK                                       enjoyed the excitement when clients used this information
                                                                                                                                   to grow and improve their businesses. The realization of
Cleve/Elyria/Mentor                                                       Employment of postsecondary teachers is                  how important understanding accounting is, made me want
OH MSA...................$33,100........$63,900.......$134,800       expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020,             to share my knowledge with as many people as I could. For
                       O*Net Online,
                                                                  about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth         me, this was the call to teach.
                                                                  is expected as enrollments at postsecondary institutions
                                                                      continue to rise. The number of people attending             Q.    How did you get to where you are today?

 Pathways to success:                                                postsecondary institutions is expected to grow from           A.   I started my career as an accounting clerk while working
                                                                  2010 to 2020. These students will seek higher education          on my associate degree from Lorain County Community
                                                                   to gain the additional education and skills they need to        College. I quickly realized how much I enjoyed accounting so
   Educational requirements vary with the                           meet their career goals. As more people enter colleges
subject taught and the type of educational                                                                                         went on to earn a baccalaureate degree. It was soon after
                                                                    and universities, more postsecondary teachers will be          that I became a Certified Public Accountant. This certification
institution. Most commonly, postsecondary                             needed to serve these additional students. In 2010           opened many wonderful doors for me including a
teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master’s                         there were approximately 1,756,000 individuals              controllership and owning a CPA firm. I am a believer that
degree may be enough for some postsecondary                            employed as postsecondary teachers nationally,              education and employment go hand in hand and continued
teachers at community colleges. In technical and                            while in Ohio, there were nearly 50,000                my education to earn a master degree. This again led to
trade schools, work experience may be important                                 with a projected increase of 7%.                   opportunities for me including teaching. My teaching career
for getting a postsecondary teaching job.                                                                                          began by tutoring students. I became a part-time instructor
   Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year                                                                                      in 2001 and came full circle from student to educator at
colleges and universities are most often required                                                                                  Lorain County Community College when I was hired fulltime
to have a doctoral degree in their field. However,                                                                                 in 2007. Since then I have earned two more certifications,
some schools may hire those who have a                                                                                             Certified Managerial Accountant and Certified Fraud
master’s degree or those who are doctoral                                                                                          Examiner. My motivation for this was to stress to my students
                                                                                                                                   the importance of credentialing in the accounting field and
degree candidates for some specialties, such as                                                                                    to set an example of lifelong learning and career growth.
fine arts, or for some part-time positions.
   Two-year colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s                                           Q.    What skills or certifications do you think are needed to
degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In                                            be successful in this field?
these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants                                        A.   First, believing in what you teach is paramount to being
who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.                                                                                successful as an instructor. Your belief will translate into
                                                                                                                                   passion and enthusiasm and that will keep your students
                                                                                                                                   motivated. Second, if your subject matter is technical and
                                                                                                                                   ever changing, as is accounting and taxation, your skills need
                                                                                                                                   to be current. Completing CPE’s (Continuing Professional
                                                                                                                                   Education) every year is a must. Third, receiving certifications
                                                                                                                                   in your subject areas demonstrates to students the various
                     What Employers look for in individuals:                                                                       paths a career can take. Fourth, being a team player with
                                                                                                                                   good communication skills is important. The college
                                                                                                                                   community reaches beyond the campus limits. Your students’
                  • Education and Training - principles                  • Customer and Personal Service -                         success requires forming partnerships with other institutions,
                    and methods for curriculum and                         principles and processes for                            employers and professional organizations especially as they
                    training design, teaching and                          providing customer and personal                         seek internships and employment.
                    instruction for individuals and
                    groups, and the measurement of
                                                                           services. This includes customer
                                                                           needs assessment, meeting quality                       Q.    What is the best part of your job?
                    training effects.                                      standards for services, and                             A.   One of the best parts of my job is sharing the
                                                                           evaluation of customer satisfaction.                    accounting profession with so many people. Not only do I
                  • Administration and Management -                                                                                share the technical aspects of the work, but many new and
                    business and management principles                   • Psychology - human behavior and                         developing issues within the field. I try to guide students
                    involved in strategic planning,                        performance; individual differences                     down a path whether it is employment after successful
                    resource allocation, human resources                   in ability, personality, and interests;                 completion of an associate degree, or continuing their
                    modeling, leadership technique,                        learning and motivation;                                education and becoming certified. In addition, there are
                    production methods, and                                psychological research methods; and                     never two days that are alike. Each student is different; each
                    coordination of people and                             the assessment and treatment of                         semester is different and that makes it a very fun and
                    resources.                                             behavioral and affective disorders.                     dynamic environment. Teaching allows me to be a lifelong
                                                                                                                                   learner and innovative in the way I contextualize my subject
                  • Economics and Accounting -                           • Sociology and Anthropology - group                      matter. It gives me the opportunity to make students excited
                    economic and accounting principles                     behavior and dynamics, societal                         about their future and to explore their potential. Finally, but
                    and practices, the financial markets,                  trends and influences, human                            not least, one of the best parts of teaching is when a student
                    banking and the analysis and                           migrations, ethnicity, cultures and                     appears in your office after about three or four years and
                    reporting of financial data.                           their history and origins.                              says “thanks”.

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