Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, August 1, 2014
First, it is great that you are thinking about furthering your education. Unfortunately, there is no perfect formula for finding the perfect job. However, there are some things that you can do to hopefully put yourself in a position to do the things you mention. First, understanding what companies have opportunities and where is important. I suggest researching companies and identifying those that have a large accounting presence in the location you are targeting. This will ensure that the opoortunities for advancement exist. The second key is networking. Leverage LinkedIn and other networking sites to identify contacts at your targeted companies and connect with them. After connecting, seek out informational interview opportunities to begin to establish an identity with those companies. After, hopefully getting a job, continue networking with leaders in that organization. It is important to establish and promote your personal brand at your company so you are considered for opportunities for advancment. Lastly, once on the job, it is important to be a top performer. Talk to your leadership and learn about what they feel is important to have in order to advance.
As I mentioned, there is no one great formula, but doing these things has been proven to be successful.