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Some opinions in electives?

rokivalerokivale Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
Hello, its my first post in this forum!

I would like to read some opinions on my situation.
I live and study in europe, though i dont know if the forum is only for american users or not. Anyway,

My question is simple. I study accounting and finance (one degree) in best program of country. My goals are to get in a consulting firm (propably big4 audit) or a financial firm, for 4-5 years, to see how it goes, and then propably get in a financial control position to climb to CFO or general management.In short my long term goal in 10-20 years from now is to be a (general ) business executive with finance/accounting background.
In the near future, i intend to take a master in financial economics and a designation like acca/cfa.

Now the real question.
I am checking electives on my final year, and i want a second opinion or two

First 2 years where common for accounting and finance. in 3rd and 4th i picked accounting, while i try getting one or two finance classes per semester.I am familiar with portfolio theory, capital markets theory and i have a good understanding of how markets fundamentaly work. Also i have taken 2-3 classes in corporate finance. Right now i plan to take some application classes (computation finance and numerical methods in finance)

The dilemma is, for the rest of my electives i can either pick classes like risk management, international finance or classes like business strategy, advanced managerial accounting and similar.

First group seems more theoretical so i can understand better the economy. On the other hand, it will overlap with many classes i have already taken, and i am starting to think i will take a whole class for just 4-5 formulas i could teach myself anyway.

The second class seems more interesting since i dont have so many management courses, and both seem practical and not "fluff" courses. Then again, those classes will be useful only when you are in senior level, in junior/staff positions, it loses to 1st group


Replies to: Some opinions in electives?

  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 24,193 Forum Champion
    Take whatever you are interested in. I don't think any one elective will significantly impact on your career.
  • AoDayAoDay Registered User Posts: 703 Member
    It sounds like you are focusing on a career in accounting and pursuing an education in finance. You would need a CPA/CMA to pursue a financial controller position so you should be emphasizing more on advanced accounting electives. Honestly by the time you are in a managerial position your undergraduate courses will have been far enough behind you that it won't make a difference at all.
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