I must confess the sense of relief I had when I realized that I was enjoying accounting, since graduation was just around the corner.
My internship reaffirmed my decision to become an accountant. I found that nobody expects you to know everything and that mistakes can be tolerated if learned from.
The experience has given me confidence in myself that was severely lacking beforehand. I have realized that I want to continue working in the area of auditing. Experience And Academic Benefits.
Experience is always an advantage when seeking employment. An internship provides a relatively nurturing environment for enhancement of your accounting ability as well as professional experience to list on your resume. An internship will provide an introduction to organizational politics and culture. You will come to appreciate more fully the importance of teamwork, exceeding expectations, personal alliances, professional demeanor, professional appearance, mentoring, and personal commitment to excellence. Contacts made during an internship will often serve as your best leads for full-time employment later.
Many public accounting employers have told the authors that they give preference in their hiring decisions to students with internship experience. Some of these same employers have indicated that at promotion time, completion of a busy-season internship is considered roughly the equivalent of a complete year of full-time experience. Consequently, the right internship coupled with the right performance often leads to a full-time job offer and early promotion.
When you see the real-world relevance of your academic work, it brings focus to subsequent academic work. While lectures on controls, systems, cycles, etc., etc., are useful, such lectures and exercises are more meaningful when laced with workplace images. A predominant number of students returning to classes after completing internships report an enhancement of their ability to master academic accounting material. They also greatly enrich class discussion with their knowledge of how textual material applies to the workplace.
Many schools award a limited amount of academic credit for internships. As an added academic benefit, an internship with the right employer is often looked upon favorably when applying for graduate school! Exhibit 3 includes quotes from our student interns concerning experience and academic benefits.
Sometimes financial, image, esteem, and other problems necessitate a change of pace. An internship provides a different life for a semester. With pay ranging from 50 to 90 percent of what a new full-time graduate is paid, an internship sometimes makes completion of one's academic program financially feasibl
EXHIBIT 3: ACCOUANTING INTERN QUOTES
EXPERIENCE AND ACADEMIC BENEFITS
(Source: Student internship Papers submitted at Tennessee Tech) I have learned that things are not as easy in the real world as they are in the classroom. I worked with several different people and learned from their work ethic and attitudes. On the job, you see that everything is done for a reason and to see all the aspects you learn in class coming together is just amazing.
The greatest thing about my work experience was just that, it was a work experience. Not only has it helped me in school, but I feel that it has provided me with a good solid work experience background.
Experience is in itself an education, and I have learned much. Every day was a learning experience. I know I will benefit from it for a long time to come.
I learned a tremendous amount about computers.
My internship helps me better understand the concepts of my auditing class and how the entire accounting field operates.
I learned more in three months than I ever thought was possible. This experience gave me the basic foundations of how an accounting firm operates. This has helped me with the interview process.
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