With the rising costs of higher education, and the debt levels of college graduates at an all-time high, many people are considering whether or not a degree is actually essential to their career.
Accounting and finance jobs are generally well-paying, and stable, spanning a wide range of industries, company size and type. This makes them an attractive option for new graduates and for people considering a career change.
A person considering a finance or accounting career may be wondering whether spending the time and money to earn a degree will be more useful than spending that time gaining real-world experience.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer. Depending on the job and the company that you are interested in, a degree might help you get a foot in the door: on the other hand, many employers may prioritize on-the-job knowledge over strict degree requirements.
Advantages of Experience
1. Avoid College Debt.
2. Start Earning Immediately.
3. Evaluate the Job.
4. Advantages to Employers.
Advantages of Degree
1. Initial Entry to Field.
2. Changing Jobs.
3. Additional Certifications.
For new entrants to the field, gaining experience at a job rather than entering a bachelor’s degree program may make sense. It allows a candidate to gain a realistic view of the field before investing significant time and money in pursuing a career; avoiding the cost of college and potential debt while beginning to earn immediately.
However, a degree can open many doors, both at those companies with rigid degree requirements and for those who are looking to advance their careers. The best thing for anyone considering a career in accounting or finance is to seriously evaluate long-term career goals, and determine whether the initial cost of a degree will be worth it in the potential for higher pay and increased opportunities.
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