As an accounting student at KU, you will prepare to work in fields including industry, nonprofit, government, higher education or public accounting. You will receive a well-rounded education in business, as well as specified training in accounting. Supplement your major with a concentration to give you specialized training in an area of interest and to make you more competitive in the job market.
Sample of Related Skills
- Communicate clearly to convey relevant financial and non-financial information so that decisions makers can formulate informed decisions
- Employ national, international, and historical perspectives to analyze accounting and business issues
- Identify ethical issues associated with accounting and business situations and apply appropriate principles of ethics and civic responsibility
- Demonstrate technical competence in financial accounting, taxation, and auditing
- Understand accounting technologies
- Work effectively in a team environment to generate an acceptable solution to an accounting problem
Popular Career Paths
Internal Accounting: Involves tracking all of a company’s activities, including purchases, sales, employee payment, and pension management
Public Accounting: Looks at companies from the outside to ensure that their accounting practices are producing accurate information
Jobs to Consider
- Internal Auditor
- Tax Associate
- Financial Analyst
- Forensic/Investigative Accountant
- IT Services
- Personal Financial Planner
- Estate Planner
- Financial Reporter
- Tax Planner
- Budget Analyst
- Record Keeper
- Forensic Accountant
Places to Seek Employment
- Accounting Firms
- Sole Practitioners
- Companies (all sizes and injuries)
- Universities & Colleges
- Government Agencies
- Not-for-profit Organizations
- Religious Organizations
Job and Internship Search Resources
- Accounting -- provides users with information on a variety of career options across areas such as forensic accounting, management accounting, public accounting, auditing and more
- American Academy of Certified Public Accountants
- Institute of Internal Auditors
- Account Temps – staffing firm focused on accounting
- Accounting Smart Pros – career Resources for accounting students
- PWC Career Advisor - free, interactive and customizable resource to help you discover your unique interests and professional goals as you prepare to enter the job market
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.