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3 Non-Traditional Accounting Careers

In search for a non-traditional accounting career, outside of the conventional corporate direction? The term “accountant” is commonly assumed to be someone crunching numbers in a cubicle for a Big 4 CPA firm – In reality; experienced accounting professionals are in high demand within various industries. Thanks to the numerous opportunities available in today’s generation, it is hardly expected to go the “normal” route anymore, so, here are three alternative paths to consider if you are looking to shake things up in your financial career:

Business Analyst
As an accountant, you are already familiar with identifying a company’s profits and losses. Because you are well versed in working with an organization’s data, you will easily be able to translate that experience into a business analysts’ work of collecting statistics from different sources to analyze and evaluate. Combining these skills will allow you to make informed suggestions / decisions on how to improve the financial state of a company.

Business Management
Business managers are responsible for the day-to-day operations, as well as creating and implementing process throughout an organization. Budget creation and financial forecasting is a huge part of making a company successful and are tasks that ultimately fall under the business manager’s job description. Generating financial goals and reports for senior management is also a large part of this role, all of which makes this a prime position for an accounting professional’s skills and experience.

Investor Relations
Those in investor relations are essentially the mediator between an organization and its investors, shareholders and analysts. An accounting professional’s background would really come into play with this role by creating annual business reports and communicating this information back to the respective parties – The person sitting in this position shares the quarterly earnings with key stakeholders, as well as with media, so it is important to be able to articulate the information strategically to the public.

These three job functions above can be found in multiple different industries, like digital media, start-ups and Information Technology – All of which are rapidly growing around the world. One can also hold these positions within a corporate company or at an agency setting. This provides movement and diverse options for accounting professionals, so you (hopefully) never feel stuck in one place!

3 Non-Traditional Accounting Careers

Bad Interview? Ways to Successfully Bounce Back

Have you ever left a job interview and thought, “That could not have gone any worse”? Don’t worry, you are not alone – Everyone at some point in their career has or will botch an interview. Sometimes you are lucky enough to notice mid-interview that this is going south and can try to salvage it, and, other times, you don’t realize until you are in your car, recounting every answer you gave to the potential employer.

So, how can you bounce back from this unexpected blunder? There are ways to recover and learn from these experiences that will only make you stronger for future prospects, and, eventually, land you the new gig you have been searching for.

Reflect but Don’t Over-Analyze
Was I late? Did I ramble too much on irrelevant topics? Did I come across as not serious? It is completely normal to rehash every detail of your interview the moment you step out of the building. As this can be a good way to determine any mistakes that were made during the meeting, it can also cause you to dwell on things that ultimately didn’t matter to the interviewer – Small slip-ups are almost always more evident to you than to anyone else in the room. Try and shift your energy to focus on how to improve your skills, so you will leave the next interview feeling optimistic vs. defeated.

Learn from the Experience
Did you inadequately prepare? Were you caught off guard by specific topics? Identify the answers to these questions and start there – Write down how you wish you had responded, while allowing time for researching information to make these the best possible answers. This exercise will help you with future interview questions; as well as giving you practice on researching a company’s mission, their history and the work they specialize in for potential meetings. Although these tactics will not remedy any past, unsuccessful interviews, they will help when new opportunities present themselves.

Utilize the Thank You Note
Regardless of how the interview went, sending a “thank you” note will go along way. The hours following your interview are the most crucial to ensuring you stay relevant and on the employers’ mind. Make your email appreciative, as well as informative to respectfully keep the viewer’s attention. There is no need to bullet point the mistakes you made or apologize for the way the interview ended. Instead, bring awareness to any lack of knowledge you may have displayed (on the industry, the company, etc.) by presenting new material you researched post-interview. While this may not guarantee you a second interview, it will bring something new to the conversation – This communication will show the interviewer that you recognized your faults and are looking for solutions to get back in the running with their organization.

The most important takeaways from a bad interview are methods to improve your development as an interviewee and job seeker. No experience, bad or good, is lacking lessons to be learned that can be used in the future. If you are looking for additional ways to enhance your skills and career search, the team at SNI is here to help!

Bad Interview? Ways to Successfully Bounce Back

Why You Should Become A Mentor If You Aren’t Already

If you have a mentor, or have ever had a mentor, you understand how important and significant their influence is on your life and career. Having a mentor and creating that unbreakable connection with someone you respect, is one of the most beneficial relationships you may find. If you’ve ever considered becoming a mentor, do it. Everyone has talents, insights, and gifts to share. There are so many ways to give back and so many ways to make a lasting impact in someone’s life.

Help Someone While Learning
By sharing your experiences, expertise, and knowledge with someone seeking that type of advice, you’ll help them learn and grow in ways they never thought they could. You can help them see their own gifts, strengths, and even weaknesses too. By providing constructive, warranted feedback, your mentee could see themselves in a whole new perspective and create a path for themselves that will make their short term and long term goals attainable.

Leadership Development
Mentoring gives a plethora of opportunities to grow and hone in on your leadership skills, as well as pass those on. You may be seen as an asset to your company if you begin mentoring lower-level employees. You might get valuable insight from that employee about certain dynamics that you may not be privy to. You’ll be able to enhance and really discover your leadership styles, and continue to improve upon those based on your mentees feedback and how you can get through to them more effectively. Mentoring provides so many opportunities for employees, as the mentees, to hone in and exhibit their own leadership skills as well.

Increase Productivity
If done appropriately and correctly, mentors can help mentees become much more productive and motivated. This is also beneficial if you work in the same organization as your mentee, but also if word travels, to some important people that you’ve been trying to impress, that your mentorship is really making a difference. Creating an open, transparent environment with your mentee will ultimately help them, and you, increase productivity. You and your mentee can leverage the success of the mentorship due to a supportive learning environment.

Benefit As Much As Your Mentee
People who are mentors are generally seen as those with higher credibility and are seen as higher performers. It’s important to remember that the mentee’s success is your success as a mentor. Thinking selfishly will not get you there, but you will benefit and learn a lot along the way. You’ll gain visibility into other areas of the mentee’s life and experience, and be able to learn from them as well. Mentorships are usually mutually beneficial, rather than exclusive. You’ll get positive visibility from those you look up to and higher ups in your company as you’ll be more connected, will show your leadership skills, and will ultimately add value. A great mentor is a guide to help the mentee navigate through life, business, and beyond.

As a mentor, you can change someone’s world, you can learn, and you can feel like you’ve done something that matters. So what are you waiting for?

Why You Should Become A Mentor If You Aren’t Already