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MST Students - also see the links you have on the Tax Engagement Opportunities page on Canvas (if you don't have that access, let Cathy Dougherty know).
Also see the Professionalism and Career Advancement website on Canvas (if you are a current MST students and don't see that in your canvas site, let Professor Nellen know).
This website is designed to provide information to students considering a career in tax, working on an MST degree or exploring that possibility, or seeking information on how to advance their tax career. It includes more than information on the technical skills and knowledge needed to be a good tax practitioner. It also includes information on the necessary "soft" skills needed to be a great tax practitioner and have a successful career and personal satisfaction. The SJSU MS Taxation program and SJSU offer many of the resources to help students become great tax professionals.
If you know of any information or links that should be added to this website or find any broken links, please let Professor Annette Nellen know. Thanks.
A career in taxation typically requires an undergraduate degree in accounting or a law degree. Tax professionals often are licensed by the state (such as CPA or attorney) or designated as an Enrolled Agent (EA) by the IRS if certain requirements (including testing) are satisfied. For any of these professionals, further formal study in taxation is valuable, such as accountants earning a Masters of Science in Taxation or attorneys earning either and MST or LLM in Taxation. In addition, licensed tax professionals are required to take continuing education courses to maintain their license or EA designation.
The SJSU MST Program has designed several activities to provide its students with opportunities to practice what they are learning in the classroom and to further develop both oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills. You will learn more about these opportunities at Orientation, from announcements from Professor Nellen and Cathy Dougherty, and the MST notebook kept at outside of the classroom. These activities include:
Several skills fall within the category or "soft" skills including communication, listening, strategic thinking, work-life balance, time management, ethical conduct, information literacy and interpersonal skills. Below are some links to information about these soft skills. The SJSU MST program offers students opportunities to become better aware of these soft skills and to develop them.
Background Information - Why a strong set of soft skills is crucial for job seekers and career advancement
Soft Skills Categories and Information Links - also see links at the Professionalism website on Canvas