Careers in Accounting
I. Course Prefix/Number: ACC 255
Course Name: Careers in Accounting
Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course presents an exploration of career paths in bookkeeping, tax accounting, corporate accounting, auditing, international accounting, and independent accounting practice. Content includes fields of accounting, professional resumes, cover letters, job-search strategies, and interview skills. Students will attend one professional networking event arranged by the instructor.
IV. Learning Objectives
- identify various careers paths within the accounting profession
- prepare a professional resume and cover letter
- use appropriate websites to search for accounting job opportunities
- demonstrate successful interview skills
- exhibit networking strategies at a networking event with the Illinois CPA Society
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Accounting Career Overview
- Resume and Cover Letters
- Job Search Strategies
- Interview Strategies
- Networking Event
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Lecture and practice in class
- Outside speakers
- Networking Event
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Attend class and arrive promptly
- Prepare professional resume and cover letter
- Perform a job search on the internet
- Participate in a mock interview during class
- Attend a networking event arranged by instructor
IX. Instructional Materials
There are recommended readings, but no textbook
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
- Attendance (20%)
- Resume and Cover Letter (25%)
- Job Search Results (20%)
- Interview Demonstration (25%)
- Networking Dinner (10%)
A point scale based on total possible points.
A 90 - 100%
B 80 - 89%
C 70 - 79%
D 60 - 69%
F 59% & below
XI. Other Course Information
There are Accounting Lab hours at both campuses where accounting faculty and CPA’s can help you with your homework. Feel free to just come and work at one of the computers and ask for help as needed. Hours and locations are posted in D2L.
Students who have a change of health status need to contact the instructor as soon as possible so arrangements can be handled in a timely manner. Documentation will be required.
Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. Students who inform instructors in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized, but it is the responsibility of students to disclose any religious observances to the instructor at the beginning of the semester so that arrangements can be made. Please look at your religious calendar right away, because last minute requests will not be considered.
In the event that a campus is closed, please see your D2L course shell for further guidance from your instructor.
- The last day to withdraw and receive a full refund is xx.
- The last day to withdraw and receive a 50% refund is xx.
- The last day to switch to audit status is xx. Audit students receive no credit. (This is the only one that must be done in-person at the registration window with student signature.)
- The last day to withdraw and have nothing appear on your transcript is xx.
- The last day to withdraw and have a “W” on your transcript is xx. After that date, you must receive a grade in the course.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.