A new school year can be daunting – new classes, new schedules, new routines. I’m sure you’re muttering under your breath: take me back to summer! Well, I’ve got good news: it’s time to start thinking about next summer.
No, I’m not talking about booking your summer vay-cays. I’m talking about jobs.
If you’re an accounting major or considering accounting as your major, you’ve probably got one thing on your mind: a full time job. So how do aspiring students obtain full-time employment in the accounting world? One simple word: internships.
Accounting firms and industry corporations start their internship recruiting cycles anywhere from one to two years before the internship’s scheduled start date. (I once accepted an internship offer to start over two years later!) Planning and timing is crucial to landing an internship. Firms and corporations also typically recruit juniors to intern as seniors, a year later. So what if you’re a freshman or sophomore, several years from the big internship? That’s where planning comes in.
To be considered for a top internship among other top students, you must position yourself as a top candidate. To be a top candidate, you need a strong GPA, effective communication skills, extra-curricular involvement, and job experience. You’re thinking: I need work experience so I can land an internship so I can be hired full-time? Yep.
So let’s go back to our next summer’s plans. The Big 4, mid-market firms, small firms, and industry corporations all start their summer internship and temporary work recruiting in the preceding fall – which is now! If you’ve got your eye on the big prize at the end of the road, now is the time. Now is the time to solidify your resume with real, qualified business experience, whether it’s a job in corporate accounting, internal audit, external audit, tax, or any of the other countless avenues of accounting.
So, no, it’s not take me back to summer – rather it’s can’t wait for next summer!