It’s true. And here’s why: the skills required to be an exceptional leader in the military — problem solving, strategy, planning, teamwork, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic — are the same skills required to be a successful accountant. In fact, major corporations and public accounting firms alike look for these “soft skills” first when they build out their teams.
Amongst these soft skills, leadership may be the most important. Companies place a high value on incoming employees who are boardroom-ready and who possess the maturity to work in client-facing situations. They often find these leadership attributes in those transitioning out of the military.
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Of course, accounting knowledge and skills are required, too. But, with an undergraduate degree — any undergraduate degree — these skills can be gained in as little as one year. In fact, some graduate schools have designed their Master of Accounting degrees to cater specifically to those with little or no accounting experience. And, to make things more convenient for those already working, or serving, some programs are now fully online, allowing students to log in from anywhere in the world.