Softchoice’s A/R Supervisor Started Her Career In Accounting With An Arts Degree – You Can Too


Cathy Giallo is Softchoice’s Accounts Receivables and Treasury Supervisor, where she manages about a dozen people on a daily basis.

You might think that she’d have to have an accounting or finance background to work her way up to such a senior role, but she actually has a Bachelor of Arts in history and psychology from York University.

That’s right, you can work in accounting without an accounting or finance degree!

Giallo says students and recent grads with unrelated educational backgrounds who want to work in accounting will be hired by many organizations, including Softchoice, as long as they’re willing to start from the bottom and work their way up by getting experience and maybe even pursuing additional education or certification in finance and accounting.

Softchoice is supporting Giallo’s career advancement by reimbursing her for the continuing education courses she’s taking at Ryerson University. That’s why she says the two best things about working at Softchoice are the people and the support. She says work-life balance and personal growth are strongly encouraged and supported.

At Softchoice, we simplify complicated technology needs by partnering with the top Vendors in the IT industry to best serve our customers business demands. Serving as a trusted IT advisor means putting customers first. Its about being local, accountable and personal.Softchoice is hiring! Click here to learn more about Softchoice, its careers and its culture, including a dog-friendly workplace, beer cart Fridays and benefits.


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About the author

Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.