Teachers often work together. They collaborate to understand develop curricula and help struggling students.
Teamwork is a fact of life for accountants. Auditors visit corporate clients in teams to collect information and review records. Tax accountants work together to check each other’s’ work and complete complex business returns. And corporate functions — from accounts receivable to internal audit to SEC reporting — are handled by teams.
The MAC program at UNC offers leadership classes to help students understand themselves and others and equip them to work together with other professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. This focus on working together is vital for a successful career.
Adapting to change.
Teachers and coaches work in fast-changing environments. From snow days that disrupt plans for the week to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced teachers to quickly shift to online teaching, teachers must be able to adapt to changing expectations and circumstances.
Accounting is also a dynamic profession. Tax laws and financial reporting standards change regularly — and sometimes with little advance notice. Accountants must be able to adapt to changing regulations, new technology and constantly shifting business conditions. Being adaptable is a key to success.
As part of the MAC curriculum, students learn about emerging topics in the profession, such as the application of analytics to accounting and finance problems. They also learn how to conduct accounting research so they can keep up with changes in the profession once they’re working.
Learning for career advancement.
It’s no surprise that most teachers are dedicated lifelong learners. They hone their teaching skills, master new material and learn how to use new instructional technology.
Accounting, like education, isn’t a static profession. Not only will a typical accountant see dramatic changes in regulatory standards over the course of their career, they will also encounter new demands. For example, a growing area of demand for accounting expertise is the measurement and reporting of non-financial information, such as environmental sustainability or cybersecurity.
The MAC program at UNC provides the foundation an accountant can then build upon as job requirements, the business environment and regulations change.
Take the next step.
So, what does it take to turn those hard-won teaching skills into a new career in accounting?
The UNC MAC program is designed to be an entry into accounting with no prior business or accounting experience required. Accountants are in high demand, and recruiters often extend job offers long before students have finished earning their degrees — ensuring there’s a job waiting for them upon graduation.
“My experience has given me a ton of different career options moving forward, and I’ve been able to provide a more comfortable lifestyle for my family,” said Loyd. “I’m glad I chose the career path I did.”
For teachers interested in changing careers, a MAC degree is a great way to build on strengths and skills you already have.
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