Congratulations! You have finally gotten that accounting job, and your first few weeks have gone well. So, what’s next? Like many go-getters, you might already be thinking about how you can advance within the company. If you know you want to climb the corporate ladder but you do not know where to start, keep reading. In this blog, we will discuss some helpful hints that can help you plan and make your next move to advance your accounting career. Here are three tips for career advancement that professionals with accounting jobs should know.
1. Focus on Networking and Working Well With Others
In many fields, who you know is just as important as what you know. This is true for many accounting jobs. Even without a clear picture of what promotions or goals you are working toward, you should always be pleasant and professional in your dealings with others. Networking should be a permanent part of your work life. Being well-connected can introduce you to a variety of career opportunities, and a reputation as a team player is an asset if you are being considered for a promotion. While your accounting knowledge is crucial, it is also important for your peers and higher-ups to want to work with you.
2. Consider the Paths Available to You
When planning for your future career, it can be helpful to consider the positions in your department and how your co-workers got to those positions. If your goal is to be a vice president or director, learn more about what it will take for you to get there. Since it can take many years to reach senior accounting positions, starting with specific career goals is incredibly helpful. You may need to earn a degree or certification, or you might need to strengthen your skills in a particular area. A mentor can help you gain further information and insight into what will be required of you for the career path you choose.
3. Always Strive to Improve
Professional growth is a process that is never finished — there are always new things for you to learn. Keeping this in mind, be on the lookout for educational opportunities. If a co-worker mentions a specific course or certification that helped them, look into it for yourself. Not only will these new skills and proficiencies help you become more efficient at your current job, but they will also make you a more attractive candidate for advancement.
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