We are very excited to announce that our Class of Fall 2011 is graduating from DISCOVERBOOKKEEPING (DB)! Our graduates from the Class of Fall 2011 joined DB earlier this year (January 2011), and they make up our largest class since the redesign of DB. Representing the third graduating class under this redesign, we continue the tradition of asking our graduates a few questions to understand their experience in DB. Some of our graduates (Alexandra, Anastasiya, Arthur, Rosita, and Kam) shared with us their opinions:
Maurice Smith, Instructor (second from the left) with some graduates from the Class of Fall 2011.
1. How has your knowledge/perspective in bookkeeping changed since the first day of class?
Alexandra: Almost all of my knowledge of bookkeeping comes directly from the class experience, or from having enrolled in the program. So far, that includes joining AIPB, several LinkedIn groups, and beginning to move the finances of a non-profit to QuickBooks. Engaging AIPB newsletter material, Q&A on LinkedIn (even if it’s just as a reader at this point), as well as beginning to work as a bookkeeper, I feel at the edge of, but definitely ON, the playing field, whereas before, I was barely among the spectators.
Anastasiya: I am very happy that I found DB. This course gave me confidence that I am able to be professional in the US. That means a lot for me and my future. Actually, it changed my way of thinking. The last semester assured me that my age doesn’t mean anything. I am able to learn and absorb absolutely new information in English. I am very proud of myself and that gave me more, and more energy and enthusiasm.
Arthur: For me, I thought that bookkeeping is simply debit & credit and I was extremely confident during my first day of class that the course would just be a review of what I learned in college. But I was definitely wrong. I grappled with every lesson taught by our instructor. With determination, coupled with constant practice during computer labs, my knowledge in bookkeeping has remarkably improved – learning Peachtree, MYOB, QuickBooks and payroll, most of all.
Rosita: Basically, the program has refreshed my knowledge in accounting terminologies and procedures which I have learned when I was in school. But more importantly, the knowledge in bookkeeping using the various accounting software made a lot of difference.
Kam: I am much more familiar with the process of bookkeeping.
2. What else would you have liked to learn if DB was longer?
Alexandra: Hearing more about different positions where bookkeeping know-how is used would be helpful. I expect a newbie like me is unaware of how many positions directly use, or would be enhanced by, bookkeeping knowledge.
Anastasiya: I would like to deepen my knowledge and have more practice with both programs: Peachtree and QuickBooks.
Arthur: If DB was longer, I would like to learn bookkeeping of a manufacturing company because my ambition is not only to work in clinics or law offices but with big companies, which are more challenging and rewarding.
Rosita: I would like to learn more bookkeeping topics emphasizing on the following:
- Reports and aging of Accounts Receivables on a per client basis
- Reports on Client’s Accounts Payables according to due dates
- How to write checks
Kam: I wish to have a more in-depth and thorough use of the accounting software. I prefer the exercises to be more extensive (covering more different cases).
3. How will you use the bookkeeping knowledge you’ve gained after the completion of the program?
Alexandra: Next steps for me: apply for a Corporate Internship Program position, study for certification test, and finish entering the non-profit’s financial transactions to QB.
Anastasiya: I was already offered to make reconciliations at the company I’ve been working at, a daycare. It starts today. What can be more?! I will definitely learn and prepare for the CB exam.
Arthur: The knowledge I got from the program will be my tool to my plan for a career shift. Though I am a banking professional, I want to practice my accounting profession here in New York, thus I joined the program. This will be my stepping stone to get a bookkeeping certificate which will boost my career prospects, making me more attractive to prospective employers and eventually realizing my long-term plan to become an accountant.
Rosita: The knowledge I got from the program will be my stepping stone to become a certified bookkeeper in the future. My immediate plan is to start my job search in the bookkeeping field with the end view of gaining more experience. Since I have a captured market here in New York and New Jersey, getting the bookkeeper’s certificate and eventually to have my own bookkeeping business are my long–term plans.
Kam: I hope to find an accounting/bookkeeping related job.
Congratulations Class of Fall 2011! We look forward to celebrating your success on October 14th! It will definitely be an evening to remember with your friends and family.