If you’re interested in having an impact on the environment, and you like accounting, maybe green accounting careers are interesting enough for some of you.
The show today is another collaboration with DeVry University (@devryuniv) to broaden your future career options. My guest is Professor Joyce Barden, CPA, who teaches at DeVry University and the Keller Graduate School of Management in Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks again to DeVry University for choose this podcast to promote green accounting careers!
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Here are some highlights of our conversation:
- Professor Barden explains the differences between traditional accounting (she calls it the language of business) and green accounting
- Those aspiring to green accountant careers must advise his or her clients or employers on sustainability and the environmental impact of what their decisions are based on
- Green accounting careers are likely to be found where the sun prominently appears like Arizona, California, and New Mexico
- Green accountant specialists work with a wide range of teams and team members just like most accountants
- Cost reduction as it impacts the environment is a main focus of the job
- Students with a desire for green accounting careers must offer value to employers, able to advise employers or clients how to be environmental effective, and not just a number cruncher. Successful job candidate needs to approach potential employers as a consultant and business advisor
- State governments and fraud and forensics agencies could be a great source for internships and green accounting careers
- Professor Barden recommends working part-time at first
- Adaptability, flexibility, and writing are in-demand soft skills, ones that CEO’s are demanding
- Companies are looking for diversity, consider the role and skills companies want. Can you solve the puzzle since there are so many collaborative partners, and put together input from everyone?
- Employers looking for candidates in green accounting careers want to see more passion with the value he or she brings to the table. The successful candidate has to “run their own race.”
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