Accounting

What Can I Do With This Discipline/Major?

For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the "What Can I Do with This Major" guides for accounting.

Some common career titles for this major include: 

  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Managers

For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well as introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information, contact , accounting department internship coordinator. 

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and Interview Questions

For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Accounting Resume (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF)asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Common industry related questions
  • What's something you'd like to share that's not on your resume?
  • What motivates you to work hard and achieve your goals?
  • What is one of your weakness and how have you develop yourself to improve in that area?
  • What are the top three things you're most proud of?
  • What unique attributes would you bring to the firm?
  • What makes you want to work with us?
  • Tell us what you know about our firm.
  • What areas of accounting (tax, forensics, auditing, etc.) are you most interested in and why?
  • What's your understanding of busy season hours and commitments?
  • How did you decide to study accounting?
  • What was your favorite accounting course and why?
  • How would working for us fit into your overall career goals?
  • How are your Excel skills and knowledge of accounting software?
Questions typically asked of candidates with 3 - 5 years of experience:
  • How do you stay current with the regulations that affect both your industry and your accounting position?
  • What personal qualities do you think are important for working in this industry?
  • Do you think you possess these qualities?
  • Walk us through a typical cash flow statement, balance sheet, or income statement.
  • Walk us through your latest budget preparation process.
  • What is working capital?
  • Describe an accounting error that you have made. How did you address the problem, and what did you learn from it?
  • Provide an example of when you had to present financial data to non-financial staff.
  • Describe a time when you faced a demanding deadline to prepare complex financial statements or reports.


Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.