As it happens, I’m in a position to grab a new professional degree for super super cheap. One of the possibilities is Accounting. It’s from a school I know is well regarded. (Not “big 4” as I see the phrase used here and there–but all over the place the only comments I see about it from people who graduated from the place are positive–they universally report that employers look on it positively.)
It’s not a question of “can I get the certifications”–I have no doubt that I can.
And I have accountant friends (yes I’m asking them these questions too) and from what they describe of their work, it definitely sounds enjoyable to me. So it’s not a question of “would I stick with this?”
Rather, it’s a question of, suppose I do grab the degree and certification–what next?
Are there pathways into the field for people hoping to take up accounting as a second career?
As it happens, I’m an educator–does this expand my options at all in the accounting field?
What I’d really really love to do (besides teaching) is what I guess you might call “forensic accounting”–going into other people’s books and auditing them and finding problems and things. Is this particular side of accounting harder to get into or anything? Doesn’t make or break the deal, I’m just curious.