In about a month, newly minted college graduates will be streaming out of universities and business schools — the next wave of Millennials looking for that first professional job.
Millennials, the 80 million Americans born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, bring a new set of values to the workplace. They’re less interested in a 9-to-5 job that pays the bills. They are more interested in quality of life, entrepreneurship and individuality. For them, Amanda Dokter, Human Resources Manager at Ketel Thorstenson said, accounting fits well with those values.
“For Millennials, accounting — specifically public accounting — is a great option because it fits well with the things they value; flexible work schedules, the ability to help their community, and making a difference in people’s lives, to name a few,” she said.
Although accounting is a great career choice for Millennials and a good number of them choose the field of study, the demand for accountants is high and continues to grow. “Because of this demand many accounting students who want to go into public accounting will get a job offer even before they are done with school; sometimes even multiple offers,” Dokter said.
According to Dokter, a great way for students to learn about public accounting is to do an internship during their junior year of college. There are various specialties within accounting, and interns get to try their hand at different options. When they graduate, they’ll know what they want to do. And for employers, internships are a good way to audition new talent.
“At Ketel Thorstenson we average seven interns each year, and we have found it’s a great way to recruit students not only to work for us, but also to be active members of the Black Hills community,” she said.