Job Title: Controller Of A Small Government Contracting Firm.
Type of Company: My company advises the federal government on ways that it can streamline operations. We evaluate government positions and help to determine if they can be dispensed with or outsourced.
Education: BA, Accounting, Widener University MBA, Finance, Widener University Certified Management Accountant
Previous Experience: I started my career as a budgetary analyst and worked my way up to the position of assistant director at a large Philadelphia insurance company. For a couple of years I worked as an accountant for a paper manufacturer before I moved to a transport and delivery company as a regional financial analyst. After working there for five years, I developed an interest in non-profits and the government, and subsequently moved to Washington where I landed a job as the director of finance at a small non-profit. I took my current job two years alter.
Job Tasks: My key responsibilities are creating invoices and making sure that the company gets paid and ensuring that we pay all our salaries and bills. I also make sure that our financial transactions are accurately recorded and stored. I collaborate with our auditors and tax accountants, furnish the company's owners with financial reports and work with project managers to try to keep them on budget. I am also involved in our bids for new work and I monitor the profitability of any contracts we've bid and received.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is getting to work with numbers. I love to to find ways to help my company save and make money. Sometimes this is easy, but very often it's not and I really need to look at a project from all different angles, turning it around and around -- like the pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.
1.) Take as many accounting courses as you can while in college. Study hard and make sure you understand the concepts involved as you go. And make sure you go to grad school.
2.) Take the CPA and CMA exams as soon as you meet the requirements.
3.) Intern while you are in school during the summers.
Additional Thoughts: When you first get out of college you will have to pay your dues: you'll be obliged to work long hours and you'll get stuck with some work that's fairly boring. Hang in there, though, and the rewards will come.
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