I now realize everything you learn in school is applicable to life and career paths. When you meet with prospective clients, your boss or peers, having a well rounded knowledge of everything motivates you to add to a conversation because you have knowledge. Those classes you thought were irrelevant such as English, Geography or History are your aces in your back pocket. Get all you CAN and CAN all you get!
Well said, Nora.
I agree 100% with what Mrs. O'Gorra has posted. Though this blog is for ACAP (Accounting Career Awareness Program) I know not all the students will pursue a career in Accounting. However, I would highly encourage all students (no matter the field of study) to take basic business classes as they will come in hand during real life situations. In addition, I would highly encourage the students to stay up on current events (i.e. politics, sports, social trends etc.) as they will be a tremendous aid in creating conversation and/or small talk with coworkers and potential employers.
Personally I wish I had engaged with more Partners, Directors, and other higher level staff to really understand their needs from an Associate / Senior Associate. Then gone on to acquire the skills necessary to meet their needs, and learned to better communicate the value add my brand would drive to them as a result of these new skills gained.
I'm very thankful that my dad encouraged me to take my first accounting class in high school as an elective. I didn't want to take it at first because I was not sure if I wanted to become an accountant yet. However, he explained that no matter what I did in life, I would need to understand the accounting foundation basics since it's the "language of business". His point was you can't make money if you don't understand how it's tracked, spent, saved and invested. I was surprised to find out that I loved it so I went on to get my accounting degree and my Certified Public Accountant license. My daughter is a high school senior taking it as an elective this year and said she is glad she is taking it because it confirms that her interest is definitely in studying business in college. She would not have chosen it as an elective if we had not encouraged her to try it.
I would study the business area way better with a lot of passion. As I grow up I realize everything turn around the business area. Because it helps you to be creative and to know how to negotiate, and get stuff done in a professional manner specially when you are an account. It will tailor my accounting skills way better. But I am still alive I can still spend time and be familiar with this subject. Better late than never
i want to study accounting as i am accounting and finance student and want to spread commerce and management sciences knowledge free of cost.
Odell Brown serves as Executive Director of Dallas ACAP. Nora O'Garro is the Director.