If you enjoy working with numbers and equations, pursuing a career as an accountant might be the right move. I firmly believe that everyone deserves to find enjoyable work. Too often, I hear people complain about their jobs. Dissatisfaction seems to be a common trend, although I realize that some people have found meaningful work.
If you’re ready for a career move, getting a degree in accounting can help you secure a challenging and rewarding position. Accountants work with numbers on a daily basis, as they’re responsible for managing a company’s financial records (accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, tax filing, payroll, audits, bank deposits, etc.) An accounting degree will give you the knowledge and skills to succeed in this field.
These professionals are sought by many companies – large and small. And since many business owners don’t know how to manage their financial records, you may never be out of work.
Realistically speaking, sitting in a college classroom several hours a week may not be doable. If you work full-time, have a family or care for other responsibilities, your free time may be limited. However, this doesn’t have to stop you from getting a degree. Reaching your goal can be as simple as getting an online accounting degree.
Just about every online college or university offers these degree programs. Before you jump into an online degree, you need to know if this type of program is right for you. This way, you can make the best choice for your education.
Do you have time to study?
An online program is not an “easy” way to complete a degree. Some people mistakenly feel that online degrees aren’t as challenging or as difficult as traditional programs. However, completing an online degree program requires the same amount of effort and time as completing a degree with a traditional college.
You have to set time aside to complete coursework, watch instructions online and study. For this matter, evaluate your schedule and assess whether now is the right time to pursue a degree. If you cannot devote the necessary time to assignments and studying, you may give up before reaching your goal.
Do you have Internet at home?
If you register for an online accounting degree, there is no rule that says you have to complete coursework at home. Understand, however, that this is the most convenient way to get an online degree. Yes, you can always attend classes at the library, a book store, or any other public place with Internet access. But do you really want to leave home every time there’s instruction or an assignment due?
For the process to be as simple and enjoyable as possible, make sure you have an Internet connection at home. You will need a reliable connection, which may require updating your modem and ordering a faster Internet service from your cable provider.
Are there distraction-free zones in your home?
An online degree is the perfect match for those who work full-time and parents. However, you need to recognize potential challenges.
As you attend classes online and study for examinations, you will need a quiet place and limited distractions.
A home office is a suitable location, or perhaps a bedroom. If you have young children in the home, arrange for your spouse to distract the kids while you study, or solicit help from another relative, such as a grandparent.
Do you have the financial resources?
If you’re planning to go back to school, you need to consider options for tuition. Like traditional colleges, many online universities and colleges offer financial assistance to eligible students.
Financial assistance can take many forms, and you may find schools that award scholarships on a competitive basis. Speak with a financial aid counselor and inquire about other types of aid, including federal and private student loans. Depending on your income, you may qualify for a federal grant, which you do not have to repay.
Bottom line: explore all financial options before concluding that you cannot afford to get a degree.
Do you have self-discipline?
Completing an online degree will take a lot of discipline on your part. If you’re already busy and have a lot of responsibilities on your plate, keeping up with coursework can be challenging. You may put off attending classes, studying and completing assignments. Lack of discipline can affect your grade point average and prolong your college career.
Are you organized?
In addition to being self disciplined, you need to be organized. If you’re taking multiple courses a semester, you’ll have to juggle varying assignments and due dates. It’s easy to fall behind and forget a project or assignment. But if you keep a schedule, and write down everything that’s due, you can keep all assignments on track.
Don’t let a busy schedule or a full-time job stop you from pursuing your dreams. Many have successfully completed online degrees. If you have the determination, the discipline and the right attitude, you can join ranks with many adults who have completed their education online – from the comforts of their home.