Comprehensive career planning is essential for accounting and finance professionals who are concerned with maximizing career growth. Yet many professionals rely on their employer to manage their career.
How much time do you devote to managing your career?
We have developed a Career Planning Guide to help with this process. The first section is the Career Pyramid:
Below is a graph representing the typical structure of positions in public accounting as well as industry accounting and finance.
While specific requirement to move from one level to the next vary by organization, in general, lower level success depends more on technical competence. Success at higher levels depends more on non-technical skills such as managing others, developing business and helping reach strategic goals.
This is important to recognize in terms of career planning. Make sure that you are developing those non-technical skills as you move forward in your career. You can get assistance in these skills through classes, seminars, workshops, etc.
Do you have a plan for 2012 to develop your career skills? What are you focusing on for this year?