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The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Value of an Undergraduate Business Degree

By: Minh Vu

Majors like English and philosophy, which once were highly popular and respected, are now in steep decline. As their rankings drop (initial employment- and salary-wise), students rush to pursue skill-based degrees. A recently trending one is the bachelor degree in Business, including Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or BS in Management.

There is no doubt that a business degree opens up a lot of doors into the business world, since it touches upon a range of fields in its curriculum, such as finance, accounting, management, marketing, and operations. Thus, transferable skills and multitude of opportunities are key factors that attract our generation. According to the National Center of Education Statistics, an undergraduate business degree comprises 20% of all degrees offered in the US, doubling the next most common major – social sciences. This, however, raises a question about the value of the business degree.

Having a chance to study in two higher educations systems in the US and the UK, I have heard a lot of opinions on how a business management bachelor degree is not on a par with academically rigorous degrees, specifically liberal arts ones. It doesn’t develop enough critical thinking, problem solving skills or engage students in intellectual challenge, all of which are core of liberal arts education. Furthermore, its quantitative counterpart – the Bachelor of Science (BS) in a specific business field, seems to be a lot more attractive to the student population. In essence, a BS in Finance is perceived as more valuable than a BBA with a concentration in Finance.

The basis for this argument lies in the class structure, content and knowledge assessment formats of the degree. Group project is the distinguishable feature of any management class that facilitates discussions and knowledge sharing. But on the other hand group projects make it easier for students to pass the class, as they would typically divide the work based on their strengths – quantitative students crunch the numbers, English minor drafts the analysis and so on. As a result, students don’t step out of their comfort zone to learn.

The management material studied in classes are moreover considered common sense by students, and thus doesn’t engage them in critical thinking or problem solving through long essays or in-class debates. At the same time, the amount of specialized field courses is too little for students to become proficient in any concentration field.

The common assessment through multiple-choice questions or presentations fails to evaluate the amount of learning, and instead focuses on permissible cheat-sheet-making, test-taking, textbook-reading and public speaking abilities. The National Survey of Student Engagement has shown that business majors spend far less time preparing for class than other students do. Half of the seniors surveyed spent less than 11 hours a week studying outside class. Moreover, business education establishes itself as an opportunity to build strong networks and to access corporate recruiters.

This perception of the undergraduate business degree motivated business schools to re-invent their degrees to include more liberal arts features. The George Washington University’s BBA degree has gone through major revisions and tweaks. Over my four years, I have seen 3 versions of the same BBA degree with changes made in 2009 (class of 2013) and 2014 (class of 2018). These changes towards a business degree with more integrated liberal arts requirement prompted me to consider of the value that I am getting from the BBA and how not to waste my education opportunity.

After already mentioning how the liberal arts subjects encourage critical thinking, I will turn to analyze the management portion of the BBA degree. The introduction courses into many aspects of the business world may seem irrelevant at first, but the reality is that the Strategy course in senior year gathers all the amassed knowledge to solve complex problems. The bigger picture of these management courses is to teach us how to navigate within a company. On the contrary, Strategy provides a glimpse of the Masters in Business Administration, where students deal with strategic higher-scale management issues. Furthermore, the content and format of the management courses provide opportunities to develop strong soft skills, which are not focused on as much in social sciences classes.

Another important part that any conversation about education can’t go without is employment. Having read through forums, articles and interviews, I have concluded that either in tech or in finance or in any other competitive field, firms hire flexible thinkers with innovative ideas. They hire those who can thrive in ambiguity. Firms put more emphasis on talent rather than content knowledge; otherwise investment banks would hire only those who have taken a Mergers and Acquisitions course. I believe that business and tech skills fade over time with new innovations, economic and regulations shifts, but critical thinking and problem-solving skills persist. The BBA degree does address this preference, as it offers a mixture of liberal arts and currently relevant business skills.

After careful consideration, I decided that regardless of my degree, I would have to take charge of my development. During my first two years in university, I didn’t understand the purpose and value of the courses I studied. I jumped in with both feet, as the material was required as a part of the degree.

While not letting my degree define me, I acknowledge its purpose and content in order maximize my development.

  • If the course content doesn’t interest me, I try to understand the bigger picture it feeds to, and learn the soft skills. If the content does, I research outside of classroom.
  • Through elective courses, I try to intellectually challenge myself with questions that don’t have right answers and with studying that doesn’t have outlined textbook readings.
  • With relevant (finance) concentration courses, I try to draw the connection between the numbers and the story behind them.

The question we should ask ourselves should not be whether the business degree is a waste for us. The question should be whether the business education would be wasted on us, as we neglectfully study for 4 years.


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The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Let Me Check My Calendar

By: Hayley Purcell

As many will agree, a 40 or even 60-hour work week rests completely in an intangible space to which your typical GWSB student cannot relate. Between student organizations, internships and coursework, it can feel as though there aren’t nearly enough hours in the week to attend to each of your commitments. Luckily for our student body, we are supported by a diverse community and surrounded by countless opportunities in a bustling urban center. With that being said it can still be difficult to prioritize and make the most out of all 168 hours granted in one week’s time. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help to up your productivity and maximize your potential.

First, it is important to prioritize and pinpoint what is most important to you. When juggling multiple responsibilities clearly it is vital to make sure you line up tasks according to both their due dates and relevance. What many tend to overlook, however, is the equal importance of keeping up not only with your schoolwork and campus organizations but also maintaining your personal network. Having that “A” and leading that committee are great ways to enhance your academic and personal development skills but your full potential may not be reached if you have no one to collaborate and connect with.

Spreading your professional web is as easy as reaching out to an old boss, asking a peer to give you the contact of a fellow intern and even conversing with classmates on their thoughts on last night’s assignment. Connecting with your social network should also be made a priority as this will keep you balanced and will add to your general enjoyment on campus. Don’t diminish the therapeutic power of a Tuesday coffee date or a Sunday Brunch.

A great way to stay on top and in control is to make a point to consciously manage every hour. My personal favorite way to do this is through scheduling all commitments (no matter how seemingly small) on my personal calendar. This allows me to visualize the week ahead and see where I can fit in homework, chapter, work and every rendezvous. Additionally, this practice holds me accountable and wastes less time pondering what it is I need to do with the hour. Although many GW students may relate to the sentiment “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” it is essential that a taste of rest and replenishment be thrown into each day. Without that GW Deli recharge or a solid nights’ sleep it can be hard to find the stamina to complete your ever-growing checklist.

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The Fowler Coordinator Blog: If You Study Abroad, REMEMBER-Prepare To Comeback

By: Grace McGuire

Last fall, I studied at Sciences Po in the GW Fall Business Program. It was by far one of the most exciting and best parts of my GW experience so far. It felt exhilarating to escape DC and become a tourist then pseudo-local in just a few weeks. After 2 years at GW, I was ready to go abroad – my family gave me packing advice, my friends told me about their favorite cities in Europe, and everyone told me I was going to have the semester of a lifetime. I did. When I got back, I felt like I had done the perfect balance of everything: studying, seeing Paris, and traveling.

Mid December, I realized that I could’ve done more to prepare myself for my return to GW in the spring. I think I assumed I could just find an internship when I got home for the semester, or maybe I just didn’t think about internships at all. Either way, I missed out on a lot of opportunities for internships both for the spring and the summer. So, as advice for anyone abroad or looking to go abroad in the spring, GW provides so much employment help to students, and most, if not all of it, can be done abroad.

As a student concentrating in marketing and international business, I know many people who applied in the fall to the L’Oréal and OCR Macy’s internships. Many of them were abroad for a semester or the whole year. They applied, had interviews, and some even received summer offers before they returned home for the semester.

For those abroad or at GW, an easy way to stay on top of internships is to continually monitor GWorkSB. Make sure you’re aware of applications that close while abroad, and follow up with any questions you might have on a given application. You can reach out to someone who’s had the position before or easily email the Fowler Career Center at to get answers about postings.

While I was in Paris, securing a spring or summer internship wasn’t a priority. But, had I realized that I was missing out on opportunities, I definitely would have applied to an internship or two before returning home.


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The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Summer of Startups: The Power of Entrepreneurship

Summer of Startups: The Power of Entrepreneurship

By: Justin Pollock

As a senior majoring in marketing, finding the right summer internship was a daunting task. Unexpectedly, I decided to take my summer internship in a different direction than I had imagined. This all happened when I stumbled across 1776, a global startup incubator and seed fund ($ for startups) located just blocks away from The White House. I had no startup experience, no idea what the lingo meant – my only taste of anything remotely related had been from watching Shark Tank. Nervously, I accepted a position at 1776 working for their global startup competition called Challenge Cup. What I didn’t know then, is that working at 1776 would ruin me in the best way possible.

This happened, because after a summer at 1776, I learned just how amazing the power of the entrepreneurial mindset is. 1776 has a large collection of startups in their portfolio, which for many, use the incubator space everyday. This meant that each and every day I was working with such a diverse set of individuals, all working on beginning their own companies. Because of the dedication and passion of all the entrepreneurs, it brought an incredible energy to 1776, making me excited to come to work each day. While I was in no way contributing to the success of the varying startups, being part of the community at 1776 left me inspired for my own future.

I encourage everyone to learn more about entrepreneurship and the startup life. It truly is different than any other office setting I have ever experienced. It has pushed me to register for E-Entrepreneurship, one of the classes in the new Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration GWSB rolled out this year. One day, should I decide to begin my own startup, I will be able to draw from all my past experiences and (hopefully) launch my own business – having strengthen my sense of adaptability and resilience which give me the competitive edge. Even if I am to fail at first, I know it’s all part of an entrepreneur’s journey – and these skills I will learn will push me even further in my career.



Lovin’ it in London

F15 Week 8.1Greetings from London! Before I dive into my adventures abroad, I find it crucial to preface this post by explaining why I chose to study abroad in London. Although I am originally from San Francisco, my Mother is English and her family members all still reside here. Growing up, I spent nearly every summer in the English countryside at my grandparents’ house. Unfortunately due to my grandfather’s passing, grandmother’s Alzheimer’s, and the increasingly more complicated schedules of my family, I had only been able to visit England once in the last 6 years. In addition, I had never really been able to explore London much growing up, so there was no question where I would be studying abroad. Sure enough, fast forward to mid September and I was on my flight to London with the hopes to reconnect with family and explore the city.

When I arrived to England with my parents, we immediately drove to see my family in Somerset (Taunton area) and later visited Cheltenham and Wales. Highlights included revisiting the sites of my fondest childhood memories and getting to meet some of my newest little cousins for the first time! After a week of visiting friends and family, my parents dropped me off at Queen Mary University of London before heading back to the US. During my first full day on campus, I was in the Business Department and was frantically trying to figure out my schedule when I happened to meet two very friendly study abroad students who also happened to be from GW. Needless to say, it didn’t take long for me to feel at home here.

Despite classes being a bit hectic during the first couple of weeks, I finally got my schedule figured out and have been enjoying my classes thus far. In particular, I am taking a London architecture class where every other week we go on site visits to visit the buildings we are learning about. It is an incredibly fun and unique experience as it is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity.F15 Week 8.2

Although classes have only been in session for about a month now, I feel like have already accomplished so much. One of the highlights of my time here is being able to meet up with my cousin who is in the film industry. About once a week, we go to a movie screening or premiere at the BAFTA HQ (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and also get to see an actor/director Q&A. In addition to the BAFTA events, another highlight of my time abroad has been traveling. So far, I have been to back to Cheltenham to visit my childhood friends and Edinburgh. Additionally, this weekend I will be traveling to Barcelona and have plans to visit Amsterdam in November! Although the time is flying by, I am not taking a single moment for granted. I truly appreciate the opportunity to study here in London… But with that being said, I’m also very much looking forward to being reunited with Founding Farmers and Whole Foods in January!

Amanda Dilena is a Junior in GWSB pursuing a BBA in Finance with a minor in Statistics.  She is currently studying abroad in London at Queen Mary, University of London. To read more about the program, click here.

A Colonial in England

Blog Picture 4I have been in London for about a month now and have begun to finally settle into my new lifestyle. London is an incredible city- besides being massive, it has something for everyone from theater and the arts to sports and everything in between. I came to London a few days before my program at LSE began, so I had a chance to see and do all the big tourist attractions, like the London Eye and Big Ben.

Outside of school, there are some noticeable cultural quirks in the UK that I have been getting used to. All outlets have on and off switches, which has led to many days without a charged phone or laptop because I forgot to switch my outlet on. The slang in the UK is also more ambiguous. We still haven’t figured out whether posh is a compliment or insult, when to use cheeky, and when we should use “cheers” instead of thank you. However, we are lucky in that so many things are very similar in the US and UK, so we haven’t suffered from much culture shock.

The first week of university in the UK is called “Fresher’s Week”. Throughout the week, the university and student societies put on events so the newest students can learn about campus and begin to get involved. Fresher’s Week was also a great chance to meet other people from all the different departments at LSE. Courses started the week after, and are very different from GW. Each course only has about an hour of lecture and an hour of class each week. Class is similar to discussion sections at GW- the classes are much smaller and focus on reviewing key topics from lecture. The biggest difference from the academic standpoint is the level of independence here. You are expected to read, prepare, and learn key concepts on your own, with minimal guidance in lectures. This change has definitely taken some time to get used to, but now that we are in the swing of things we are finding that is not as difficult as we initially thought.

The first weekend after classes began, LSE hosted a weekend trip to Cumberland Lodge near Windsor Castle. Cumberland Lodge was part of the Royal Estate and is now used for educational programming. It was also featured in the movie, “The King’s Speech”. We spent the weekend at the lodge learning about its history, UK and European politics, and a variety of other topics the LSE arranged lectures on. We also went to Windsor to see Windsor Castle and explore the town. Although Windsor is much smaller than London, it holds a great deal of importance, as it is the Queen’s summer residence. On Sunday, we went for a service in the Royal Chapel that the Queen uses when she is at Windsor. Unfortunately, we did not have a sighting of the Queen! GW England took us to see “Measure for Measure” at the Globe Theater the next week and provided us with tickets to go on the London Eye, two experiences I definitely recommend to anyone visiting London!Blog Picture 3

Since then, I’ve taken the time to explore the city and make London as much of a home as DC is. My accommodation is right off Trafalgar Square where there are a host of organized events. In the last two weeks, we have had Africa on the Square and Diwali on the Square, free events hosted by the Mayor of London that display 2 of the many different cultures that merge here. I’ve also visited Covent Garden and Jubilee Market, which are a 5-minute walk from LSE. I’ve explored Canary Wharf and parts of the Southbank, too. Weekend markets are very popular here- in the coming weeks, I plan on visiting a few different markets around the city with friends. Every part of London has its own character, which makes even a 10-minute tube trip to another part of the city so exciting. With such a central location, it is incredibly easy to get around and experience all the city has to offer.

London is also a great launching point for travel in Europe. One of the things I am most excited about is seeing more of Europe and visiting other friends abroad. At the end of this month, I am planning on going to Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon and will hopefully travel more during winter break. Some of my friends have already visited Stockholm, Munich, Paris, and Amsterdam.

Although there are some major differences between life in London and back in DC, I am really enjoying my time here. The flexibility to see and do so many things is unparalleled. Although academics are different, they are a refreshing challenge that all of us are looking forward to in the coming months. In the meantime, I am going to try and make the most of every moment abroad and enjoy London as much as I can. Cheers!

Hassan Haider is a Junior in GWSB pursuing a BBA in Finance. He is currently studying abroad at the London School of Economics.  To read more about GW’s year-long exchange program at LSE, click here.

Capital to Capital – One Boy’s Journey from DC to Madrid

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, SpainThe idea of comfort zones is perhaps the most confining idea that exists in our society. As humans, we constantly search for reasons to stay inside the boxes we have created for ourselves and live in fear of those walls breaking down. I love my comfort zones, and the idea of stepping outside of them is typically the furthest thought from my mind. When I was deciding where to study abroad, I yet again chose to stay inside my comfort zone and pick a GW program where I would be surrounded by other English speaking students and a support staff that would take me easily through the semester. Fortunately, the tiny box I had built for myself was shattered, and every day in Madrid is full of endless hurdles, struggles, adventure, and indescribable joy.

Upon my arrival in Madrid, I spent three days with the group of students I would be taking classes and traveling with for the next semester. Those three days were pure bliss. And then, the bliss and simplicity was torn away from me when I met Angela, my host mom. Although I have been studying Spanish on and off for the past eight years, after “Hola,” I was lucky if I understood every seventh word that came spilling out of her mouth. She is a true Madrileña and speaks approximately four words of English; my world had just caved in on itself. Immediately, I regretted the decision to come to Spain and my mind was racing to find a way out. The next two weeks were one continuous struggle, but throughout that time Angela transformed from my host mom to my mom. My Spanish began to improve; I met her entire family, and in turn, became part of her family.
Parque Guell in Barcelona, Spain

When I depart Madrid in December, my life will be changed for many reasons, but Angela will most certainly remain the most important part of my time abroad. Every day, we eat lunch and dinner together at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m., respectively.  During these times I experience the true way Spanish families live throughout the country through the best food and drink I have ever consumed in my life and the lively discussion that comes about during these extended meals. As the European Union sits at a crossroads of issues ranging from the refugee crisis to failing economies, and Spain deals with the looming secession desires of Catalonia, the opportunity to spend hours discussing with Angela and her family is the greatest education I could ask for.

Of course, as much as I crave my time with my host family, my desire to travel has already pulled me in many directions. As this is my first time in Europe, literally everything is amazing, and my travels through Lisbon and Sintra, Portugal, Barcelona, Córdoba, Segovia, and Seville have been the best of my life. Throughout these trips, I am constantly reminded of the differences between here and home, and the importance of speaking multiple languages has become increasingly apparent.

Moorish Castle in Sintra, PortugalAs I continue to spend time in Madrid and travel through Europe over the next few months, I am confident that I will continue to break out of my comfort zones and make discoveries about the world and myself I didn’t know would be possible.  I am beyond grateful for what is becoming the greatest experience of my life. I will leave you with Angela’s most important lesson: there is always room for “más comida.”

Seth Kwiecien is a Junior in GWSB pursuing a BBA in Marketing and Business, Economics and Public Policy. He is currently studying abroad through GW’s Madrid Program. To read more about it click here.

Pain au Chocolat, s’il vous plaît

12088461_10206278146451440_2797161084116321086_nMost days end the same way, exhausted after walking around Paris for hours and snacking on pain au chocolat with my roommates. Paris has been incredible, and has lived up to its stereotypes in all the best ways. You will definitely see people walking around with loaves of bread, riding bikes through the many gardens, and pastry shops on every corner. Luckily there’s a pastry shop right by the school, which we often stop by on the way to class.

I’m studying for the semester in the GWSB Fall Business Program, held at Sciences Po in the heart of Paris. The program is set up so that it’s made primarily of GW students but we have a few Sciences Po students taking all of our classes with us. Having the French students with us has been so helpful, doing everything from helping us get phone plans to telling us where the cool kids sit at lunch (in the garden). We just finished up our marketing course, which was one of the most intense classes I’ve taken, with a semester of class condensed into 3 weeks. We had a group project that focused on the idea of bringing a French product to the United States, and we did everything from research to designing ads. Having such a hands on experience made all of the information stick, strengthened by the site visits we went on each week. My favorite site visit was to TBWA, an international advertising agency, where we got to hear stories of what it’s like to actually work in the industry, and got to see their work, some of which was familiar!2015-09-01 13.17.42

Even with class work and site visits, there has still been plenty of time to enjoy Paris. Some days I’ll head out with a plan of which attractions I want to see, but one of the best things is heading out and seeing what you find in the different neighborhoods. I’ve gone to the Eiffel Tower at least 3 times, seen the skyline from Sacre Coeur, and had famous macaroons along the Seine. My personal favorite place to go is the Luxembourg Gardens, which is a garden, park, playground, and palace all rolled into one. The French love their public parks and gardens, something I’ve really come to appreciate since being here. They also are big on taking their time and enjoying small moments, where I’ve found the Luxembourg Gardens are the perfect place for me to do so.11222019_10206156859979354_4520116205078197828_n

I’ve gone on excursions outside of Paris, both in and out of France. We went as a group to the Champagne region of France, where we got to hear about the history of champagne and go on a tour of one of the wineries. The trip I enjoyed the most was to Monet’s house in Giverny. Being in Monet’s gardens is incredible, you can recognize paintings of his just from being in certain parts of the garden. We got to hear about how he planned out his garden based on colors and textures, and it makes you feel like you’re walking in a painting. The town itself is adorable, and makes me want to move to the French countryside when I’m older.

The trips I’ve taken outside of Paris were to Prague, Czech Republic and Munich, Germany. The trip to Prague was particularly interesting because even though France and the Czech Republic are both European, there’s a clear difference in the ways they go about their day to day lives. Seeing that contrast both made me appreciate the ease of living in Paris and want to visit Prague again to understand their culture. One thing I have found important to do while abroad is to keep a good balance in the amount of time I spend in Paris and the time I spend traveling out of the city. Of course it would be great to explore all of Europe while here, but I want to make sure I get to see and enjoy what Paris has to offer.

So far my study abroad experiences has been a combination of exploration and learning, and is something I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Alyssa Craig is a Junior in GWSB, pursuing a BBA in Marketing and Sport, Event and Hospitality Management. She is currently abroad on GWSB’s Paris Signature Abroad program.  To read more about it, click here.   

The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Networking – How to Make the Right Connections

By: Meg Murthy

Too often we hear the saying “network your way into a job” or “tap into your network.” But to many, networking can be extremely daunting. Mastering how to network is not always the easiest of tasks, but through my experiences I have learned a few tips that I think would help ease young professionals into the process of networking.

When starting a conversation, it is always important to keep in mind the person’s background and interests, and how they relate back to you. Find some common ground and use it as leverage to start a conversation. You can also use it as an icebreaker. For example:

“Hi Molly, my name is Meg. I’m a Marketing and Advertising major, but I’m interested in learning more about Public Relations. I know you mentioned you work for the PR department, can you tell me a little bit more it?”

What was listed above is a general template that you might follow to get the conversation started. Be sure to listen carefully to what they say and how their response might relate to something you are interested in learning more about. Keep the dialogue conversational, but professional at the same time. While the person may have a relaxed demeanor, that’s no cause for letting your professionalism slip.

During the conversation, be sure to be a good listener and ask relevant questions. Be sure to think about a few questions beforehand. This will help you ease the conversation into a focused direction, rather than scrambling nervously to chat about a person’s background. Topics you might talk about can include daily job responsibilities, their background in the industry, industry news, and more generally, about their hobbies, favorite music, favorite travel spots, and food!

Once you’ve reached a point in your conversation where you feel comfortable to talk to more professionals at the event, be sure to finish by asking for a business card. Treat every conversation as an opportunity, and be sure to follow up with the person, via email or phone, about your conversation with them. Even consider connecting with them on LinkedIn if you feel comfortable doing so.

Know that networking is not just about finding connections, it’s a mutually beneficial relationship: a two-way street. While these connections are able to help you with a job or internship, you can always return the favor by extending them a great opportunity as well.

Once you’ve got the basic framework of how to network, be sure to identify your target audience. At an information session for a company, for example, be sure to talk to as many people in the division where you’re interested in working. Speak to them about your interest in the company, and start to build a foundation for a network. Use the framework of how to hold a conversation discussed above as a platform for you to build your network. Be sure to be confident, come in prepared, do your homework and be ready to network!

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The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Interesting Career Paths in Accounting

Interesting Career Paths in Accounting

By: Cory Schaffer

There are a myriad of career paths that you can pursue with a degree in accounting. Common career paths may include managerial accounting, forensic accounting and consulting. As a CPA you might go on to financial accounting or public accounting, typically working in audit, tax or advisory.

Managerial Accounting

The management accountants’ role is to ensure the success of the company by maintaining financial security and communicating relevant information to senior management for decision making purposes. A managerial accountant will measure, analyze and interpret financial performance of the firm for many purposes including auditing and financial planning. As a managerial accountant you may work with accounts receivable, accounts payables, tax, budgeting, asset management and strategic planning. Senior level positions include CFO and Director of Finance.

“Small business owners are faced with countless decisions every business day. Managerial accounting information provides data-driven input to these decisions, which can improve decision-making over the long term. Small business managers can leverage this powerful tool to help make their business more successful by understanding how management accounting benefits common business decision contexts.”

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Forensic Accounting

As a forensic accountant, there are many capacities in which you can work. Forensic accountants aid law enforcement, government agencies, companies and individuals in criminal or complex financial matters by examining, analyzing and evaluating financial records. Forensic accountants deal with any financial issues needing investigation including bankruptcy, fraud, embezzlement and tax evasion. Forensic accountants frequently work with public accounting firms, banks and law firms, but may also work for government agencies such as the FBI, CIA or the IRS.

“You can have a divorce and one of the partners tries to hide their assets, and the attorney will hire a forensic accountant to come in and try to find the assets” –Larry Crumbley, Editor, Journal of Forensic Accounting

More about forensic accounting.

Public Accounting

Public accountants provide services such as financial analysis, financial statement preparation, audits, and tax preparation.

Audit- An external auditor is responsible for reviewing and evaluating a company’s financial statements to ensure that they are in compliance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Tax – As a tax accountant, you may assist a company in planning for and filing taxes. As a tax accountant you may also be responsible for coordinating audits from tax authorities, researching tax positions to be taken and advising management on the impact of new laws and tax liabilities.

“Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession.” –Sir Charles Lyell

What you can do with a degree in accounting is not just limited to the opportunities mentioned above. As an accounting concentration, you could also pursue a career in consulting, wealth management or even investment banking. For more information about accounting opportunities, visit the following websites: