My MAcc year so far…

“Today’s accountant is expected to know more and do more than ever before. To be successful, accountants must demonstrate critical and analytical thinking, teamwork, leadership, and be effective communicators. Fisher’s MAcc program can give you the tools and training to get you there” (Fisher, 2011).

During this period, there are many out there who are yet to make one of the most important decisions that will shape their career path. Many questions rage on but one that I would love to answer is this: Is Fisher’s MAcc program what it says it is?

I enrolled in the MAcc program because I was convinced by what I read on the school’s site. Looking back, I have no regrets. With just a few days to end my 1st quarter in the program, I would like to give you a candid account of my experiences so far.

Critical and analytical thinking – Learning from world class professors who make you challenge every thought process will inevitably make you into an individual with good critical and analytical thinking skills. I worked as an auditor prior to my enrollment in the program where I used these skills a lot. However, examining my own thought process now makes me know that something more has been added; something has changed: I think and analyze differently – and more effectively.

Teamwork – If you don’t like working in teams then brace yourself to move out of your comfort zone. From an undergraduate program where team work wasn’t the norm, it’s been extremely beneficial having to learn how to work in teams about 60-70% of the time. As an accountant (esp. an auditor) – or in any field for that matter, the importance of teamwork cannot be overemphasized. This is exactly what Fisher works at: helping to make you a person who functions efficiently/effectively in a group and not only when you work alone.

Leadership – No group functions effectively without direction. To have direction, you will need a leader. Interestingly a “shadow” leader emerges for every single assignment even though every member of the group takes ownership of the task. We all accommodate the strengths and weaknesses of others but when it is time for the group to capitalize on your strength, you lead and drive the group to success. Leaders serve others and are blessed!

Drive your team to success

Effective Communicators – Aside writing papers, presentations are much a part of most courses. Also, the rich diversity in the MAcc program provides the enabling environment to help sharpen your communication skills to be understood by both the native and foreign students (see class profile). Other opportunities such as writing blogs will help you improve your communication skills.  You would have no excuse to graduate without a significant improvement in your communication skills. You will learn and will be an effective communicator.

The MAcc program has lived up to and beyond what it says it is. I will not hesitate in recommending any of Fisher’s programs to you. Choose the program you are passionate about but pick Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

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