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Accounting and English double major?

itsthefutureitsthefuture Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2010 in Business Major
I know employers don't care much about your actual "extra" majors. But in terms of the skills I would attain from persuing a professional writing degree, how much would this help me if I wanted to be a TAX accountant.

I read taxguy said "tax accounting is akin to law." When I am trying to get my first job would there be a big difference between me with an accounting degree and being a semi-good writing vs me with an accounting degree AND Writing degree and being an excellent writer?

I will require myself a lot of extra work.... Is it worth it?
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Replies to: Accounting and English double major?

  • jonahrubinjonahrubin Posts: 547Registered User Member
    I don't think it would help at all.

    First, I think most people have figured out that degrees which should require good writing skills are still handed out to people with terrible writing skills, or people with prose that might be good for discussing "Ode on a Grecian Urn" but not writing a memo about cost segregation studies. Second, a lot of what you'll do as a staff level tax person will be filling out forms, not writing. Remember that the tax business is filled with lawyers who ought to be able to write about tax law better than you can. Your advantage is hopefully better understanding the accounting and the implications of tax effects on the bottom line.

    That said, you misspelled pursuing and your last sentence is not grammatically correct so maybe you could use some work on that whole writing thing. Or not, because it's not like you are going to have to give anybody writing samples before they hire you.
  • taxguytaxguy Posts: 6,561Registered User Senior Member
    honahrubin notes," I think most people have figured out that degrees which should require good writing skills are still handed out to people with terrible writing skills"

    Response: I don't think that is true. Certainly , I don't feel this way. One of the biggest complaints among partners, even at major conferences, is the lack of decent writing skills of new recruits. Having an english minor or major will definitely make you stand out. In fact, if I were a recruiter, I would defintely be impressed with anyone who had an additional major or minor in english.

    With that said, however, I would only minor in english. There are better choices for duel majors such as computer science, forensics, criminology etc. Minoring in englsh should garner the same respect as a major in english. Eiother one will defintely make you stand out, as long as you have a good GPA.
  • jonahrubinjonahrubin Posts: 547Registered User Member
    taxguy, if that's really true then those idiots should try asking recruits to write something(my experience with a small consulting firm where the guy who founded and ran the place would personally read your sample) , rather than interviewing them 5 times(my big accounting firm experience...i.e. 1 on campus plus numerous in-office interviews and two dinners). Considering how many foreigners I've seen them hire here who barely exceed "cab driver English" when I've seen their BAP e-mails, I don't think written skills are really relevant in recruiting. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be.
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