Each year for the last several years, the NJSCPA has run a program in the fall called ‘Pay It Forward’ to help educate high school students about accounting as a career. Their goal is to remove the stereo type view of accounting as mundane or boring, and shed light on the exciting parts of it and the possibilities it can open up for a career.
RRBB’s Carole Baron, CPA/ABV has been a part of the program for many years as well, and gave a presentation at Middlesex high school again this year. Carole really enjoys helping the kids know the enthusiasm she has for accounting, and her reasons for deciding on it 35 years ago. She explains that she wants to be sure the students see the potential to do so many great, meaningful, rewarding things within the field of accounting. And, it’s not just crunching numbers alone, all day.
The U.S. Department of Labor projected 22-percent growth in accounting careers between 2008 and 2018, and Yahoo! Education ranks an accounting degree as the third “hottest” degree and a safe bet for the future.
As an increased benefit to encourage students to enter the accounting field, the NJSCPA operates New Jersey’s largest professional scholarship fund. In 2013, the NJSCPA Scholarship Fund awarded more than $425,000 in scholarships to 74 high school and college students to support their studies in accounting.
Thank you Carole for giving our young students a realistic picture of what it takes to succeed in accounting and the rewards accounting professionals can expect.