Many millennials are entering the workforce, and it is important to think about the future. Sure, thinking about the future and how you’ll fit in it can feel a little intimidating, but it does not have to be.
Remember that there will always be a job that needs your specific skills. Being able to match skills or traits with the right job helps you feel content.
Now, there are a number of careers linked to millennials, like online businesses or self-employment through the shared economy industry, but those are not the only careers you should look into. For example, there is accounting. You may not immediately think of accounting as a viable career for a young person, but there are many reasons why it is.
Millennial Traits are Perfect for Accounting
Taking accounting courses may turn out to be a great idea for millennials who want a career that will easily blend into their lives. The following are some of the most common traits this young generation has that fit into this career path:
- Chance to Adapt
There are a number of things that some millennials don’t even know are positive traits like the ability to adapt.
Yes, individuals like you grew up in a time of rapid change, which has forced your mind to adapt quickly to keep up. Think of all the gadgets you were able to get accustomed to with no training or instruction. A career in accounting will benefit from this particular skill, which seems to be going through its own metamorphosis with the help of online accounting services amongst many other innovations.
- Ambitious Spirit
Most millennials are like you: ambitious and looking for a career that is going to give them an opportunity to grow. Accounting gives you enough room to grow. The journey begins with the basic certification but, as your experience grows, you will get the opportunity to move forward.
One reason accounting is growing and expanding is linked to the innovations of the industry, such as remote accounting. Those who are hoping for a career that is going to give you freedom, which is important to millennials, will be happy to know that accountants do have that freedom. This career gives you the ability to work as a freelancer or under an accounting firm; you get to choose your destiny.
- Room for Ethics
You probably care about being ethical. You want to do what is right, even when no one is looking. This is a highly valued trait within the accounting industry. A person who demonstrates honesty is a person who will likely gain a number of loyal customers. Not only that, customers will probably recommend you to others.
As an accountant, you also have the power to take on clients or not if you are your own boss. You do not have to work with someone you believe is unethical. Having this kind of power should make it easier to be proud of what you do. There are a lot of individuals and companies out there who do not always align with what is important to millennials, like the planet or people themselves. Being able to voice your opinion in what you do may feel quite fulfilling.
- Just Another Skill
Another trait that most millennials have is they are skilled in several areas, which is quite beneficial. This generation loves being able to accomplish more than just one thing. For one, most of them are adept at social media marketing amongst many other similar online skills. Sure, some of these skills may seem second nature to you, but there are many accounting firms who are still having trouble adapting.
This reality makes you an asset to any company if you want to be under an accounting firm. This also means that you will be hireable to many employers, which should make your job hunt a little easier. Keep in mind the amount of people out there who are having trouble securing a job. To be in an industry where your particular skills are sought after is not only smart but necessary.
The skills you may already come with can help drive innovation and changes that you want to see within the industry. The reason many millennials are able to make effective changes is because they have a unique connection to other millennials and understand them, and this young demographic is becoming the largest customer base.
- Global Outlook
This young group of people was gifted with the Internet, which might have helped most millennials think of things on a global scale. This perspective changes the way you look at things, including accounting. Generations before this one were focused on catering to people within this country whereas millennials are able to connect with other people.
Accounting is expanding beyond the local level because of the Internet. Being sensitive to other cultures and customs is something this young generation seems to be good at. You should be able to use your skills in this area to help small accounting agencies reach other types of customers. It should also be noted that many millennials may easily understand innovative accounting practices and adapt to them, even if they were not developed with local accounting in mind.
As a millennial, you probably recognized a few of these traits and can see how they fit into accounting. There was a time when accounting felt like a stiff type of job, especially since you are mostly dealing with finances, but the job is becoming a lot more flexible, thanks to your generation.
The career is a lot more interesting, and it gives millennials freedom and stability that many have been hoping to find. It does not take long to enter this particular career, and the investment should end up being worthwhile. Hopefully, some of these points help guide your decisions in this career to where you ultimately want to be.
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*This article was contributed.