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[Jul. 23rd, 2009|09:38 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring
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[maudlin_swank]
I am currently a 2nd year accounting student (double majoring in international studies). I have a few questions.

-Would a minor in computer science benefit me in any way/give me an edge? How about statistics?
-Would a finance and english double minor be better?

Or should I not bother with any of the above and just continue on with the double major?

I have no problem with extra time or money spent nor with keeping up my GPA. I just would like to see what may give me an edge or be useful to me and any future employers in the next couple of years.
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[User Picture]From: toodumbforthis
2009-07-24 10:58 am (UTC)
Depends on what you wanna do. If you wanna be a CPA in a public accounting firm, the only thing that matters is your GPA, accounting major, and passing the exam. Plus extra majors always look good in the interview process in the beginning. PLus give you options to switch jobs when you realize you have busy season and working saturdays for half the year.
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[User Picture]From: rubzkeynes
2009-07-24 11:39 am (UTC)
second the comment above - depends on what you want/like to do. although, i'd say if you want to work in accounting, computer science can be quite complementary because not a lot of accountants understand the systems behind the numbers well. being an accountant with good system knowledge gives you the option to work in areas like ERP projects, system/process analysis which can be more interesting than just number bashing.

at the end of the day, choose what you really enjoy doing and you will do well.
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From: maudlin_swank
2009-07-24 01:56 pm (UTC)
Well I'm more of an introverted number punching kind of person. Give me my comp, a calculator and a pen and I'll be good for hours on end without moving an inch. Maybe I'm weird.

I want to have that edge over others and I also want to have other options. I'm leaning toward the CS minor simply because I can see where it could be useful and where I could also use it if in fact I do get the opportunity to move into analysis areas.

I guess it just comes down to me wanting to know if the possibilities are really worth the extra 29 hours or should I save myself a year and not bother with it.
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[User Picture]From: nydia_s
2009-07-24 11:54 pm (UTC)
If you know you want to work for a public accounting firm for most of your career, don't bother. If you want to give yourself options and flexibility down the road, my choice would be the computer science minor as well.
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From: maudlin_swank
2009-07-25 05:48 am (UTC)
I'm not to keen on public accounting so I know if I were to go into it, I wouldn't want to stay. Thanks for your input. I was looking for that flexibility and everyone I ask says CS would give me that as well.
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[User Picture]From: rubzkeynes
2009-07-25 05:12 am (UTC)
based on what you say, i would take the comp science minor. i work for a big 4, but don't fully agree that all you need is an accounting major in a chartered/public accounting environment - if you intend to work at a big 4 the comp sci background will certainly give you a bit of edge to move within different areas of the firm, especially the more advisory type of areas than audits.

also there seems to be a perception that accounting is for the introverts, but i would say that these people may not find big 4 the type of workplace for them because you deal with different types of people/clients/environment all the time - system analysis, or even programming perhaps give you a bit more stability and still intellectually challenging. so you really should ask yourself what type of work place you will enjoy more.
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From: maudlin_swank
2009-07-25 05:46 am (UTC)
I figured as much about the big 4. I don't have problems working and communicating with others; I would just rather not have to do so.

Thank you for your replies. They sort of gave solidified what I was thinking. I'll go for that CS minor and just see where it takes me in the future.
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From: n1cktm
2010-07-23 08:26 pm (UTC)

Big 4 accounting question, please help!

Hello everyone I am currently an undergraduate in a prestigious school and am interested in a career at Big 4 firms. The one question that I have is what are the travel requirements for auditor AND tax associates in cities such as NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc. How often are the associates traveling and WHERE are they traveling to? Is it possible to get to the clients by car/public transport or is flying absolutely required? Does the associate have any preference as to what regions s/he will be traveling to and put on the team that matches that preference. Or are there no accommodations at all. The reason I ask is that I prefer not to fly and would much rather do audits in the surrounding areas and do not mind driving for a couple of hours. Is this a deal breaker? I know that travel at a top regional firm will be less but the experience/resume power that Big 4 gives is second to none.

Thank you for your time!
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