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Know Your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.

Accounting Skills & Knowledge

Study_Group 6 Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Write, prepare and present well-organized and effective reports, individually and as part of a team, on business issues using modern information and communication technologies
  • Identify, recognize, evaluate and gather relevant data to effectively address a question or problem while taking into account diverse points of view
  • Develop and evaluate informed alternative solutions using appropriate analytical techniques
  • Apply theoretical concepts to develop innovative, practical business solutions, often using case-based projects
  • Review and prepare financial statements and accounting ledgers using current accounting software tools
  • Develop and manage an organization’s financial plans
  • Critically analyze and interpret accounting information for decision purposes using a variety of tools including ratio analysis
  • Apply IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) and ASPE (Accounting Standards for Private Entities) principles to business problems
  • Understand and apply personal and corporate income tax law to prepare tax statements and formulate tax strategies
  • Explain and evaluate audit reports, and assess risk and materiality
  • Participate in decisions about capital budgeting including cost analysis, analysis of new contracts and participation in efforts to control expenses
  • Be well prepared to pursue a professional designation in accounting, and possibly auditing, such as the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant)

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Bachelor of Commerce website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Accounting

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.   

  • Financial Officer in Federal Government
  • Senior Tax Consultant in Professional Services
  • Senior Risk Advisor in Airline Industry
  • Financial Auditor in Federal Government
  • Senior Financial Analyst in Consulting
  • Senior Associate in Consulting
  • Financial Controller in Real Estate Development

  • Staffing and Recruitment
  • Business or Financial Analysis
  • Human Resources
  • Communications
  • Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Marketing
  • Government Administration
  • Consulting
  • E-Commerce
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Business Intelligence
  • Supply Chain Management

  • Research Facilitator
  • Head Hunter
  • Corporate Communications
  • Realtor
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Quality Improvement Officer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Education Policy Advisor
  • Speech Writer or Coach
  • Community and Stakeholders Relations Director
  • Primary or Secondary Teacher
  • Campaign Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Accessibility Training Coordinator
  • Political Party Organizer
  • Government Relations Assistant
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Data Scientist
  • Policy Analyst

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.

Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 

Sprott’s Business Career Management Centre

Visit Sprott BCMC for help with:

  • Discovering different career paths
  • Individualized support with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation
  • Business-specific job opportunities
  • Expanding your professional network with employers, alumni, and fellow students
Connect with Sprott’s Business Career Management Centre 


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network