Many new accountants have a “right here, right now" approach to their careers and tend to be more entrepreneurial in spirit while challenging the status quo; however, it would be in their best interest to think longer term. Get tips on how to obtain career goals and increase salary here.
Most new accountants, if we're defining new accountants as someone just out of school they come to the workforce with a number of positive attributes. They're very confident, they're extremely collaborative, very adaptive, they challenge the status quo, they have leadership qualities, they have an entrepreneurial spirit and maybe for all those reasons that those individuals have a right here right now approach. My advice to those individuals would be to think longer term. Your career is a marathon, it's just comprised of a number of sprints. Think about those future sprints and how do you think about those future sprints? You develop what I call a career plan. First, write down your goals in time increments. What do you hope to accomplish in year one, year three, year five plus? Second, next to each of those goals I want you to write down how you plan to accomplish those goals. What specific actions are you going to take to achieve those goals? Third, and this one often gets overlooked, is write down who can help you achieve those goals. There's absolutely no shame in leveraging others to help you achieve your goals. The career plan is a living, breathing document. You need to make sure you pull that out at least every six months. Put it on your calendar to check in on your career plan every six months. Stuff happens, things get in the way, things change and you'll have to make adjustments on the fly.