Although graduating from university is an exciting time, there are a few things soon-to-be accounting graduates should think about well in advance of walking across that convocation stage. Here are 3 of the most important:
#1 Sharpen Your Excel Skills:
MS Excel will be one of the programs you’ll use the most in the workplace; it would be good to familiarize yourself with some common formulas and functions. You may even find it worthwhile to take short course – you’ll thank yourself later!
#2 Prepare For The CFE:
Take a look at the CPA Competency Map to find out exactly what you need to know for the last exam in the CPA process, the Common Final Exam (CFE). Also, organize your notes to make studying more efficient. Although you have a ways to go for the CFE, pre-planning never hurt anyone!
#3 Post-Grad Job Search:
Ideally, you will have a job in hand before finishing university. The bulk of recruiting for accounting roles occurs between late August and early October. That means, you’ll want to spend the summer before (the earlier, the better) doing research on your target firms, perfecting your resume and cover letter, and reaching out to any potential connections.
Is there anything else you think accounting students should do before graduating? What is the single most important thing? Comment below!