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Should I work in accounting or office administration?

QUESTION: I am confused about what career to enter. Do you think accounting or office administration is better? Signed, Big Business

Dear Big Business: The best career for you depends on you. You may be happy in a career in either field. To become an accountant, you would need strong mathematical and analytical skills. In office administration, you would need to possess strong organizational, interpersonal and project management skills.

The best way to figure out which is best for you is to speak with those who work in the field. Ask a parent or relative who works in an office to set up informational interviews for you to speak with their company's accountant or office manager. To gain an even better perspective, work in an office yourself (perhaps as part of an internship) to see firsthand what daily life is like for these two professions.


Gen & Kelly Tanabe
Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the founders of SuperCollege and the award-winning authors of 11 books on college admission, financial aid and scholarships. Together they were accepted to all of the Ivy League colleges and won more than $100,000 in merit-based scholarships to graduate from Harvard debt-free.

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