Many people feel their best option after high school is to go to a college or university and earn a bachelor’s degree. While this isn’t a bad plan, there may be a better option. A career training school offers many benefits that an expensive four-year curriculum cannot... and it is often the more logical choice.
Instead of making a long-term, significant financial commitment to attend college, consider a different plan: quickly learn in-demand accounting, bookkeeping, and administrative assistant office skills in our low-cost short programs and immediately start earning good pay while gaining real-world experience.
While you're earning good pay and gaining know-how on the job, continue your education by slowly accumulating college credits in evening classes at an inexpensive community college. Remember, the first years of college consist primarily of required general education courses. Continue your college degree goal by earning upper-division college credits part-time. This plan will take you longer to obtain your degree, but when you do graduate, you’ll have gained years of valuable, real-world experience.
These job skills are the foundation of business, and no matter what your occupation, it is important to understand the fundamentals of finance and office production. However, the best reason to develop these skills is to make it your life’s work. A career in these fields offers a strong potential for advancement, interesting work, job security and mobility, choice of industries and businesses, good working conditions, and…excellent monetary rewards over the long term.
No, definitely not. There are numerous entry and staff-level, accounting, bookkeeping, administrative assistant jobs that don't require a college degree: accounting technician; accounts receivable/billing clerk; accounts payable clerk; payroll clerk; bookkeeper; accounting clerk; and auditing clerk. Or you could start your own small business accounting and bookkeeping service. In fact, a college curriculum is not really designed to teach students hands-on, real-world, practical vocational job skills.
Accounting, bookkeeping, administrative assistant, and tax business office jobs are not for everyone. It demands high standards and above-average abilities. You must be reasonably intelligent and be willing to think and use reason and rationality, and to act independently with integrity and honesty. In addition, the nature of the work requires strict attention to detail, an affinity for numbers, a high level of productivity, an ability to maintain confidentiality, and good technical and communication skills. You’ll also need to know or be able to develop basic typing and computer skills in the areas of data entry, word processing, and spreadsheet preparation.
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