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Old 11-21-2017, 08:07 AM
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i doubled major in accounting and finance and it has served me well.
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:07 PM
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I am an accounting student graduating in December. Of all my friends in the business program, the accounting majors had the easiest time securing employment prior to graduation. Every single one of my accounting major friends has either a job or a really good internship (meaning paid --> $20-30 dollars an hour) lined up before they graduate. The finance majors probably have the second easiest time getting a job, following by economics and then IB last.

Every business needs accounting. Every single one. One man shops need accountants. Not everyone needs a finance job, and at the smaller entities, accounting fills that role.

I am obviously biased. But if employment is your main goal post-graduation (and it should be) then accounting is the easiest path to attain that goal.
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Old 11-26-2017, 10:00 PM
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Thank you for the overview. That definitely helps to put things in perspective.

Well, my goal is to graduate from UW Madison. I guess that International Business was something I thought of because the economy seems to become more globalized each day..I'm not sure if that would give me an advantage or not.

It sounds like I should probably go for accounting more than finance, or possibly a double major then. I want to do this because I've always been good at business classes and I just started working at a credit union and am really, really enjoying it. I like working with numbers and filling out paperwork, so finance or accounting seem like good choices. Can I ask what it is about accounting that you don't like? I know that there's another thread about accounting and I briefly read through that but all it seemed to discuss was pay and job availability. What day to day activities do you dislike about it?
I work in finance.

One of my professors said, very helpfully, that if you like to work in a field where there is a correct answer to most questions, accounting is a better choice. If you like to work in a field where there are many competing answers and none of them is completely correct, a much more intellectually challenging situation, then finance is the better choice.
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