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How did you get your start doing controller work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

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dania in Adrian, Georgia

84 months ago

i was wondering the same question and was wondering if you have the answer to your question. if do... could you let me know
thanks

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Diana in Cincinnati, Ohio

78 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing controller work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?


Education is an important foundation for the Controller position. Not only should a person have a BS in Accounting, but they should have a Masters in Business Administration or a Masters in Accounting.

I started in a small company as a co-op student. This experience taught me the various Accounting responsibilities, including Acc. Rec, Acc. Payable, Inventory, Payroll, General journal entries, financial statement preparation, and many non-accounting duties. I was eager to learn every business aspect.

My first Controller position was with a small company, which I developed a job cost system and implemented a new financial system.

I continued my education by attending seminars, reading business magazines, and attending round tables. I have educated myself in other disciplines, such as human resources.

You should know spreadsheets such as Excel or Lotus.

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Johnson in Albuquerque, New Mexico

76 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing controller work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

YOu have to love accounting and always be willing to give 150%.

My first exposure to accounting was a night audit position. I took it to get extra hours from driving the courtesy shuttle in the day time. I did night audit for 1 year with several hotels.

Then i landed a job with a construction company doing accounts payable. In this job I moved up from AP and did job costing, finance activities, general ledger activity. I worked here for 7 years. The last 2 years I began attending university of phoenix. I am currently enrolled there.

I am now a controller and have been for the last year and a half.

It is more than education. It is a mindset of taking yourself to higher levels in life.

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