Success in a program of study is a student’s number one priority, but it is easy to become distracted from the goal. Want to know the ways to succeed in your accounting classes? Follow Florida National University’s (FNU) tips toward success:
Students have heard this time and time again, but they must apply it. Organization is a huge key to the success of a student. This is true for all students, but especially accounting majors. Organization can be as miniscule as remembering class supplies — like calculators and pencils — to more critical practices, such as documenting information on spreadsheets and keeping exam dates saved in a planner. Accounting students need to juggle a lot of data for several classes, so don’t get mixed up! Adopt good organization habits early on.
- Learn the Field
When taking the initiative to proactively learn about a particular field, students will be more familiar with the market. This will likely prove to be beneficial when it becomes their turn to enter the field — they will know more than students who neglected to do so.
- Consider Career Paths and Set Goals
By learning and studying about various career paths in the field, students will be able to set goals. Setting goals is an important part of working toward success, and it will motivate students to push through — even when the going gets tough.
- Practice Simple Math Skills
Believe it or not, this can help. Accounting students see thousands of numbers and data in a day. Sometimes they can start to look like a blur. Taking a step back and just practicing simple addition and subtraction can help refresh a tired student’s mind.
- Manage Time Well
Time management is a deciding factor for many students. Will a student successfully accomplish a semester, or not? Will they continue until the end of the degree, or not? Lacking time management skills often leads students to feel overwhelmed and underproductive—unfortunately some just give up there. Rather than falling victim to this way of thinking, learn to manage time well from the start! If that means buying a planner, buy a planner.
While you are at it, be sure to set a schedule that works for you. This is easier than ever, thanks to FNU’s scheduling flexibility and shorter terms for many classes.
Networking is a great way to learn more about the accounting field while also growing connections in the industry. The good news for our students is that FNU hires professors who are active in their field. That means that these professors understand the ins and outs of the field, and might have more in-depth information about the job market. Plus, networking is easier than ever. Simply by knowing our professors and fostering a professional relationship with them, students have already started networking.
- Seriously Study
Students in our accounting programs need to do two things: seriously study, and take studying seriously. In other words, it is helpful to spend a good amount of one’s time studying in-depth, and one should not neglect doing so as frequently as possible.
We understand that some students were able to slide by in high school without studying, but those days are long gone. College classes are more demanding by nature, as they focus on subjects in greater detail. Study, research, and be information-hungry. It will pay off in the long run.
When students are studying or completing homework, they must understand that they are not just studying to pass exams. Rather, our accounting students are studying a subject in order to master it and apply it to their lives via a lifelong career. That is why it is so important to truly focus. Plus, assignments tend to build on previous ones, so students will not want to skip a chapter here and there. Accounting programs’ subject matter is too technical to do so.
- Know the Steps Toward Your Career
Graduating from a program does not guarantee a position in the field. However, education is the foundation to a career for many—it provides the knowledge students and future professionals need. However, to enter the field, some industries require further training or preparation.
For example, many industries require students to acquire a master’s degree before participation at a professional level. While associates or bachelor’s degrees are more than enough for some accounting careers (such as bookkeeping or auditing clerk jobs), students who desire to undergo a career in particular branches will require more than a degree. Students looking to pursue a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), for example, must receive further certification. This is crucial information for students to understand as they complete their studies. Learn what it takes to do the job you want!
FNU: Guiding You to Your Career
FNU is dedicated to helping students like you find their way to a career! Are you considering studying in an accounting program? Review FNU’s program options! If you are ready to get started, apply today!