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The GovGuru Answers Your Career Questions

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

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I am 36 year old wife and mother. I have an accounting degree from a crediable university. I just graduated in 2008 but I could not find a job in two months so I enrolled in the masters program at my college. I am currently 1/4 of the way through and next year I will have my Master in Science and Accounting. I did not apply for the openings here in Indianpolis DFAS becuase the requirments state I must have one year of real accounting experience. I do not have that. Should I apply anyway or is this rule written in absolute granite? I like government accounting and my father worked there until he retired in the mid 90s. -TG

Accounting is a very stable job profession, whether or not it is with the government. Good luck with completing your Master’s program.


Defense Finance and Accounting Service

For our readers, DFAS is the Defense and Finance Accounting Service. DFAS is a part of the Department of Defense and is responsible for “keeping the books” of fiscal matters for DOD. The program was created in 1991 under then-Secretary of Defense and former Vice-President Dick Cheney with the goal of consolidating and streamlining accounting practices across DOD.

In a recent listing I pulled from, qualifications required for an accountant with The Defense and Finance Accounting Service (DFAS) is completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or a combination of education and experience: for example 4 years of professional accounting experience (at least one year as a journeyman).

As hockey great Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” With your current education level, you should absolutely apply for this position.

You can read more about careers with DFAS here:

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