Autobio, Education

I is for Intro to Financial Accounting and Other Free Courses on the Web

If you’ve followed my blog, you probably know that I am considering what’s next on the job front. My body will no longer allow me to do pet sitting to the level I would like. Back before I switched to an animal-focused career path, I worked in the nonprofit sector. My last position was in a financial department doing data and projection analysis. Given that, you might be wondering why I’m taking an “Intro to Financial Accounting” course.

calculator-calculation-insurance-finance-53621.jpegThere are a few reasons I’m doing a refresher. First, I want to brush up on my accounting terms. I never put together basic accounting statements or did the actual bookkeeping duties. I got numbers and then did the analysis in very specific ways related to fundraising. It would be akin to what sales managers would look at. Second, it’s been almost a decade since I did this.

I’m looking into a variety of work from home jobs to accommodate my disability, which makes working in a normal office setting difficult for a number of reasons. I’d also like the flexibility to keep pet sitting a little since I love doing it. One thing that seems viable would be virtual bookkeeping, so my brushing up on terms like journal entries, debits, credits, liabilities, and assets will smooth the way should I go down that path.

I’m auditing the class through Coursera. If you’ve never heard of this site, you might want to check it out. Universities around the world offer online classes, all of which can be audited for free. Topics cover just about anything you can take in person at a university. I’ve also taken classes about medieval magic and Buddhist psychology. My “Intro to Financial Accounting” class is offered by the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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