The Accounting Skills You Are Not Learning In College

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn.

I entered the field of accounting and finance by accident.

I was working as a manager in a fast-food restaurant when the office manager quit and the owner said he would like me to interview for the position. Naturally, I was interested, but I had gone to vocational school for computer programming and never learned the basics of accounting (debits and credits). Later, I realized that when the owner said “office manager,” he really meant “bookkeeper” and “administrator,” however, he did teach me basic accounting skills. I also took introductory financial accounting classes at my local community college, and I became an excellent bookkeeper.

Today, I work for a nonprofit agency in New York as an accounting manager. While I credit that initial opportunity, my accounting course work and my degree for getting me where I am today, there is a skillset that is often overlooked by most college students, yet was critical to my accounting career: a good understanding of computer applications in general.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs

10 Simple Tips to Step Up Your Online Safety and Security

Did you know that 594 million people are affected by cybercrime each year?

So it makes sense why hardly a week goes by without hearing of a mega data breach that exposes the personal identifiable information (PII) of countless people to those with malicious intent. These breaches then dominate the headlines and draw the attention – and fears – of users.

What is less known is that more than 95 percent of all breaches have a common denominator: human interaction. Whether intentional or unintentional, most breaches are triggered by people who are either ignorant of cyberhygiene or have made a careless mistake in their online activities.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Cybersecurity

The Ultimate TESU Glossary: 97 Common Terms Explained for Students

Have you ever been confused by a term used at the University? Whether you are finishing your degree or coming to college for the first time, it may feel overwhelming when you don’t understand what is being communicated. After all, terms that may mean one thing at your first college may mean something different at Thomas Edison. 

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment, Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Transfer Credit, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College, Mentors, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Advising, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Applying

Bachelor's Degree Programs That Require Very Little Math

You may remember sitting in high school listening to your teacher ramble on about geometric formulas and how solving for ‘X’ can help you determine the value of ‘Y.’

You were convinced you’d never need this kind of math in the “real world.”

And now, here you are, staring down the math requirement of a bachelor’s degree like it’s a Rubik’s Cube, ready to walk away from it all.

Math can be a difficult subject to tackle. It can be frustrating. But, although math may not be for everyone, it doesn’t have to be the reason you can’t finish your degree. In fact, there are plenty of programs that require just a little math.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs

New Job Forecast Shows Good News for Cybersecurity Professionals

With the increased sophistication of technology, cybersecurity threats to computer systems, infrastructures and other assets will continue to grow in impact, scale, scope and complexity, and employers everywhere are finding they are not ready to handle a cyberattack if it were to occur.

Recent surveys underscore the skills gap and workplace shortages in cybersecurity in the U.S. and around the world.

The 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study, an international survey of nearly 14,000 information security professionals published by ISC2, estimates the shortfall in the global security workforce to reach 1.5 million by 2020. In addition, 86 percent of respondents to the ISACA’s 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report, which surveyed more than 3,400 ISACA members, identified a technical and operational skills gap, and 92 percent of respondents planning to hire more information security professionals said they expect to have difficulty finding skilled candidates.

Topics: Science and Technology, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Cybersecurity

5 Unusual and Fast-Paced Accounting Jobs That Pay Big

It is no secret that accounting professionals are in demand.

After earning a bachelor's degree in accounting, most people looking to enter the field go a common, traditional route. Some start off as staff accountants, while others may find themselves in more of a clerk or auditor role. And then there are those few that will sit for the number of exams required to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

But you do not have to be like most people. If you’re looking for a change of pace, consider these five unconventional accounting careers that offer a high-energy environment in the world of number crunching.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs

The IT Job Market is Up, But Employers are Desperate to Fill This One Position

It’s no surprise why the demand for IT services has grown exponentially in today’s “app economy.” The industry has devoted significant resources to growing technologies in cloud computing, cybersecurity, health information technology, network administration, software administration and data analytics over the next decade. With such high demand for these services and products, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) estimates employment has grown 37 percent since 2003. In fact, IT services are projected to eclipse similar technical industries as a whole by 2020.

The industry isn’t just thriving. It’s booming.

So, if there are plenty of job openings and demand is up, why are companies finding a dearth of qualified candidates to fill some of the most lucrative positions?

Topics: Careers, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

Why This is a Great Time to Start A Career in Accounting

Professions in healthcare are often touted as secure, but with the growth of the economy, these jobs have seen increased competition from the business world, especially in the field of accounting.

The health of the economy has improved since the days of the Great Recession and, as it continues to heal and grow, more accountants will be needed to both manage and examine the processes of money flowing in and out. In fact, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Topics: Careers, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

The One Question To Ask Yourself If You Don't Know Which Undergraduate Degree To Earn


For some students, choosing a degree program is not always a cut-and-dry decision. With 40-plus undergraduate programs, and more than 100 areas of study, there are many options to pursue, and even more paths to take.

So how are you supposed to pick the one degree that’s best for you?

Everyday, I talk to people who are in your shoes. People who want a degree, but just don’t know what to study. And I get it. That’s why I always ask this one question that helps these now students breathe a sigh of relief and leave knowing they chose the degree that fits them.

With a little support and guidance, I promise, you can, too.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Applying

5 Growing Homeland Security Careers for 2016 and Beyond


Protecting the security and safety of our country has become more challenging than ever. With an increase in global terrorism to the growing unpredictability of large-scale climate events, it’s no wonder that the demand for homeland security professionals has become one of the fastest-growing professions worldwide.

While most positions tend to be with local, state and federal agencies, many opportunities exist in private industry and the nonprofit sector. 

Topics: Careers, Areas of Study and Degree Programs