Want a career in the accounting or finance field? Twin Cities professionals discuss what it takes to succeed.
Dear Matt: I am considering pursuing a career in accounting/finance. What do I need to do to succeed in this career? What skills do I need and how can I position myself for success?
Matt: I checked with Stephanie Laitala, president of Owl Bookeeping and Finance (www.owlbookkeepingandcfo .com) in Minneapolis to get some thoughts from her personal experience in this field. Here are five things she recommends:
Ryan Evers, division director of the Bloomington division of Accountemps, a staffing firm for accounting and finance professionals, adds that strong analytical skills, the ability to multi-task and communi-cation skills are critical in the accounting world. And, a BA or BS degree in accounting or finance is critical, especially if you're looking at financial analyst, staff or senior accountant roles.It's also advisable to consider adding the extra year to your education and obtaining your CPA certification.
This field is constantly evolving based on market changes, regulations and legislative initiatives. Be prepared for lifelong learning, and be open to working at furthering your education and training even when you find your dream job. It's a must to succeed.
Matt Krumrie is a freelance writer from Inver Grove Heights, and has nine years of experience reporting on the employment industry. This column will answer readers' questions. E-mail questions or subject ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org