Job training is critical for accounting professionals who want to stay on top of new regulations and practices. The skills you use on a day-to-day basis are built both inside and outside the classroom. With additional job training, you can further develop your functional and soft skills.
One of the simplest ways to gain accounting and finance job training is to seek opportunities for professional development within your place of employment, such as mentoring, taking on new assignments or cross-training.
However, it is still important to remember the many opportunities available outside of your company, which can greatly develop your skills and provide you with opportunities to network with new contacts. Here are some tips:
Obtain certifications and advanced degrees
With a certification or advanced degree, you demonstrate proficiency in a particular area of accounting. The certified public accountant (CPA) certification, for example, is the most popular license among accountants. To earn this designation, you have to complete applicable coursework, have accounting work experience, pass a detailed exam and meet state-specific requirements.
You can also obtain a master's of business administration (MBA). Controllers and external forensic auditors, for example, typically have MBAs.
Attend seminars and conferences
You can also get access to accounting and finance job training by attending events hosted by private companies, professional organizations and universities. The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the American Management Association (AMA), for instance, host numerous seminars that provide information on the evolving industry, the labor marketing for accounting and finance professionals, and the changing economy.
Register with Accountemps
One advantage finding employment as an Accountemps temporary professional is gaining access to free online job training tools. Our library of online training materials includes thousands of courses, books, articles, videos and research reports on the following subjects:
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Access
- Legal compliance
- Business processes
- Project management
- Many more
Check out online job training
Online job training and webinars are a great way to get job training without having to travel to seminars. Both can give you tips on functional skills, such as efficient ways to use Microsoft Excel or new regulations regarding the tax code.
Join an association of accounting professionals
There are a number of professional organizations specific to accountants that offer exclusive job training opportunities for members. Members of Financial Executives International, for example, receive reduced rates for national conferences. Members also get access to public policy education, publications and journals.