School of Accountancy and Finance

Career Planning

Jobs offers will not come to you unless you prepare and search. Your preparation begins your freshman year and continues until you receive your degree(s). You are currently "writing" your resume through your selection of coursework, activities and work experience. You want to "write" a resume that will distinguish you, get you noticed by recruiters, and bring you interviews. Careers do not happen; they are made!


Resources:

"Must-Read" Booklets:

  • Getting Hired: Career Planning Handbook — You cannot begin too early, as what you are doing today builds (or fails to build) your resume. Plan ahead by consulting this resource produced by the CBBS Office of Student Enrichment. It is an excellent source of "dos and don'ts" with regard to constructing your resume and highlighting your collegiate, internship, and part-time job activities. It also contains excellent advice about applying for internships and jobs, how to conduct yourself in interviews and other business settings, as well as, information about different interviewing styles and typical interview questions.
  • ClemsonJobLink Cheat Sheet — Step-by-step instructions on registering with ClemsonJobLink, creating your profile, uploading documents, searching for job opportunities, applying for a position, signing up for on-campus interviews, and finding employer information sessions.

Accounting Related Sites:

  • Accounting Career Paths — This link takes you to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) website "Start Here Go Places." This website is designed to introduce the accounting profession to high school and college students. It is a good source of information about the accounting profession.
  • Competency Self-Assessment Tool — This AICPA tool allows students to access their strengths and proficiency and compare them to skills required in various areas of accounting specialization, such as, forensics, taxation, audit, industry, and government, among others.
  • Accounting Certifications — This website identifies some of the different accounting certifications that may be obtained through education, testing, and/or experience. These certifications are described and links are given to their sponsoring organizations, where they are described in more detail along with providing the educational, testing, and/or experience required to obtain the certification.
  • Becoming a CPA in South Carolina — This link describes South Carolina’s requirements to become licensed as a CPA. Please note that each CPA jurisdiction (typically a state) has its own education and experience requirements.
  • Free AICPA Student Membership — This link takes you to the AICPA website where you may register as a student member (no membership fee).

Financial Management Related Sites:

  • Financial Management Career Paths — This article provides basic information on careers in investment banking, corporate finance, financial planning, and commercial banking and describes the personality and skill set necessary to be successful in each environment.
  • Real Estate Career Paths — This site provides basic information on careers in residential and commercial brokerage, appraisal, and property management, among others, in the field of real estate.
  • Financial Certifications — This article identifies some of the different financial certifications that may be obtained through education, testing, and/or experience. These certifications are described and links are given to their sponsoring organizations, where they are described in more detail along with providing the educational, testing, and/or experience required to obtain the certification.