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Survey finds students need work experience.

Getting good grades is no longer enough to help accounting and finance graduates land their first job, according to a survey conducted by Accountemps. Out of the more than 2,100 CFOs polled, 83% said it's important for entry-level accounting and finance professionals to have gained work experience during college--40% thought it was very important and 43% thought it was somewhat important.

Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, says that "Professional work experience has become increasingly critical for entry-level applicants in a competitive hiring environment." Accountemps offers a few suggestions for how students can gain the work experience they need:

1. Find an internship or a mentor program. Not only will you be able to learn from a mentor, but you will also make connections. A part-time internship might one day turn into a full-time position.

2. Don't limit yourself to only paid internships. Unpaid internships can be just as beneficial and allow you to net-work with the professionals in your field. They'll get to know you and your work.

3. Volunteer your time to your community or local organization. Getting involved in your community will show you're able to work with people.

4. Think of yourself as a professional. Whether you work part time or as an unpaid intern, walk into the workplace with the mind-set of a full-time employee. Learn office etiquette from your coworkers.

5. Continue networking even after your internship. Keep in touch with the contacts you make because it will help them keep you in mind once a position becomes available.

For more information on the study, visit

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Author:Balbi, Amanda
Publication:Strategic Finance
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2014
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