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The certifications within business offer students the opportunity for CPA Exam Qualification, Bookkeeping and Office Technology. The CPA certificate allows students to complete coursework, which prepares them for the exam to become licensed. Bookkeeping allows students to possess knowledge for the profession within accounting. Finally, Office Technology equips students with technological skills to become potential administrative assistants and office managers.

Career Strategies

  • Treat school like a job: attend, be on time, complete assignments, etc.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Business Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Volunteer your expertise in your specialization (accounting, marketing, etc.) at non-profit organizations; build a network of contacts in the non-profit sector.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Cultivate strong persuasion skills.  Learn how to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and build relationships.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts.
  • Develop strong problem solving skills, self-confidence, assertiveness, and empathy to deliver effective customer service.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge as well as leadership positions in community organizations
  • Become comfortable with giving presentations. Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g. Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101Advanced Public Speaking-SPCH 201, etc.).
  • Create your resume, social media and professional brand.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via Linked In, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Follow blogs or websites of accomplished individuals you admire.
  • Talk to professionals in the industry; conduct informational interviews.
  • Gain experience through part-time, summer or internship positions in a business environment.
  • Follow businesses in your area of interest through Facebook, LinkedIn, Glassdoor and social media.
  • Learn to work well within in a team at work or through student organizations.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, etc.).
  • Develop excellent computer skills, including relevant software packages, through online tutorials, Massive Open Online Courses or in classes.