“The changing financial landscape is opening the door to more varied opportunities in accounting.”
Tax for KPMG's Chicago Business Metro Unit
University of Notre Dame, BBA ACCT '79
Pick up a Wall Street Journal and there’s a good chance you’ll see an article calling for increased accounting regulations. President Obama, Congress, the SEC – all have jumped on the bandwagon to strengthen government oversight. The upside of prospective U.S. financial reform is the likelihood of more accounting jobs in the public and private sectors.
The changing financial landscape is opening the door to more varied opportunities in accounting. An accounting degree is a great foundation for jobs in positions of oversight – the SEC or the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) – as well as for careers in private business, Wall Street or entrepreneurship.
Like many Notre Dame graduates, you may begin your career in public accounting. Becoming a CPA and staying in public accounting until you reach the management level is sound advice. Once your career progresses, however, take advantage of new opportunities that come your way. Your value to your company and your clients will be linked to your consulting advice and people skills. It will no longer be solely a numbers game.