Why Did I Become an Accountant?

Becoming an Accountant was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Why did I become an Accountant? Good question. Why did I? I mean a lot of people think we Accountants are boring, always crunching numbers and speaking accounting jargons that nobody else seem to understand. Just this morning, I was talking to a client of mine (who is not an accountant) and when I mentioned the words “retained earnings”, she just stared at me like I’m speaking another language or I’m from another planet!

“Dear client, retained earnings is the accumulation of all your income ever since you started your operations less your dividends.” LOL okay , now I’m starting to sound like an accounting teacher. Scrap that.

Back to the original question. So why did I become an accountant? Math is definitely NOT my favorite subject. Although they say accountants should be good in math, I’m definitely average on this one (plus we have calculators already, no need to count with fingers LOL). I definitely did not think about spending four months every year doing overtime and week-end work for the tax busy season.

So why become an accountant? Are you getting tired of this question already? Well, okay, these are my reasons why I became an accountant.

First of all, because, at that time, this is the only profession I know. Both of my parents are accountants. My sister and some of my aunts, uncles, cousins and even in-laws are accountants. Majority of my parents’ friends are accountants. So, in short, this was the only world I know.

Second of all, it was a good idea as any. Since I didn’t know my own mind, I decided this course was as good as any. Never really imagined what I was getting into and, come to think of it, I never really thought to ask my parents what this profession entails. Although with them being biased for accounting, they would have told me the positive side and not much on the negative side.

Third, because I chose my university first before I chose this course. Honestly speaking, I don’t know why. All I know is that I wanted so badly to study in my chosen university here that I told myself whatever course they placed me after the entrance examination, as long as it’s in my chosen university, that will be my course. And since I was placed in the accounting program, that is the course I enrolled in and stayed in until I graduated from college.

Fourth, because I enjoyed the number-crunching side. Okay, I’m not good in Math (this one is reserved for my brother who graduated with a B. S. Math degree). But heck, I enjoyed the number-crunching stuff. Some of my highest grades in college were in those that entailed a lot of calculations. Plus, the field I am in right now is also into calculations and analysis. So, I’m in good company.

Fifth, it’s a ‘practical’ course. I can just hear my father (God bless his soul) telling me – take up accounting because you will get a lot of work after college. Of course, being a dutiful daughter, I took him up on his advice. And I found out that he was right. There are a lot of choices out there. There’s auditing. There’s finance. There’s tax accounting (although I really hated this part). There’s the analysis part. There’s government accounting and private accounting. There’s the public practice (auditors, accountants and bookkeepers) and there’s the private sector accounting. Even in this recession, there is still work for us accountants. Practical? Definitely, yes.

Sixth, because it’s dynamic. If you’re an accountant, your knowledge is not static (unless you want it to be). In fact, we’re required to have a continuing professional education even after we get our licenses. Plus, lately, the profession has been going through a lot of changes, from the accounting standards, to the auditing standards, to taxes, to professional requirements, etc., etc. Believe me, if you want to exercise your minds, accounting is definitely one way to do it.

Seventh, because I love studying various businesses. Being an accountant, and one in the public practice at that, I get to be exposed to a lot of businesses and study them. The math, the calculations – all of these are actually becoming automatic. But learning about your clients’ businesses and applying what you learned in accounting for their transactions, now that’s something else. Through this course, I have learned a lot of things about businesses that I know I won’t learn if I took on another (non-related) field (unless, of course, I enter into business myself).

Eighth, because if I wanted to go into a business, my knowledge of accounting, finance, taxation, etc. is definitely a plus or an advantage for me. Sure I would still need to hire an accountant if I go into business myself. But at least, I can keep an eye on what he or she is doing. Plus I can understand better the numbers that I read. In fact, some of my clients are accountants and I always feel comfortable talking to them because I know they can understand what I’m saying (no more ‘are you from this planet’ stare).

Ninth, because I’m honestly enjoying it. Other accountants I know took this course because it’s a practical one. But they never seem to go beyond that. Even though, this is not my first choice really (I wanted to take computer science), I have learned to like it and to enjoy what I’m doing.

So those are my reasons why I became an accountant. Thanks for reading!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting. Thank you.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Nope, not a math guy...But give me incorrect change and suddenly a Kung-Fu movie starts :D

I hope that for those of us who are thinking about becoming an accountant or are looking for a career change visit this hub. Great hub, Emievil.

So are you doomed or blessed to be an accountant?!


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Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for the hub Emi - I am a financial manager and find the accounting field the most interesting because its the one facet of business that brings it all together. I would definitely recommend a career in accounting to anyone who loves the world of business but is not fond of taking risks!


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

@Hello, thanks.

@dohn, LOL, I'd love to see you do Kung - Fu when you get incorrect change :). I think I'm blessed (so far) despite sometimes getting flak because I don't do what the clients want me to do :).

@Laura, thanks. I don't do finance but I have a high respect for those who can do this job, you're better in analyzing the balances than I will ever be! I would recommend accounting especially to those who want to start a business as they need to understand their numbers also. I have a lot of clients who don't and it's quite a big headache for me sometimes when they can't understand why they need to do certain things for or analyze their numbers. Thanks for the comment.


mtsi1098 6 years ago

I certainly can understand the glaring stares...We technology people get this more often than you think (It is the time I know when to translate to simple terminology). Tax season must be busy for your entire family of accountants - I am glad you are doing something you are passionate about...Wishing you continued success...


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi mtsi. Thanks. So glad you could stop by. Uhm, I'm one of those people who stares at a technology person because I can't understand what he or she is saying LOL. Yep, it's a busy time for all of us so during this time, we are not in speaking terms with each other (literally, not because we're angry at each other). :)


Lorraine Arams 6 years ago

I'm definitely not a math person though I've taken a lot of programs which required intensive math - besides I have dyslexia so you can imagine math is a particular challenge. Early in my career a boss suggested I take some accounting courses - it was the best training I could ever imagine - it has served me my whole life especially trying to explain to boards of directors accounts payable and accounts receivable which most people can't seem to get. Understanding a balance sheet too it important for anyone when assessing investments. I do believe that a very basic accounting course should be provided to everyone in high school because this is one course they will use all of their lives for different purposes!


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hey Lorraine, thanks for sharing your experience with us. I salute you for taking up accounting courses. Not too many people want to take one (unless it's a requirement) just because they are afraid of the Math.

And I hear you on the basic accounting course. If not in high school, then definitely as a requirement for those who want to go into business or for those who have a need for it at one point in their lives. Will save us, accountants, a lot of grief from having to explain the debits and credits and those receivables and payables :).


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Pat says: I am an accountant. I studied law at University and there were some extremely talented people on my course. I wondered how hard it might be to compete against them for work. But I sometimes heard people say (with no shame) I can't add up. I realised that I can add up, and decided that accountancy would be a better career for me than law. This proved true!

I like this Hub and agree with what you say. And I do not thinkg accountants are boring.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hey 2patricias, thanks for visiting this hub of mine. Some people would say law is better than accounting but I agree with you, accounting is better than law :). On the boring side, well, that did not come from me but from other people who says accountants are boring folks. But we know they're wrong, right? :)


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

You made a good argument. Case closed. Now I know what to take in my next life! Haha

Anyway, I'm glad you found fulfillment in your chosen profession. And I must say, you're very good at it :D


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I'm so glad we have people who love numbers and math - I hate them! But I do love words! Great hub!


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

@Cris, thank you. If you need an accountant, I'm always available LOL. :)

@habee, I've met a lot of people who hate numbers and math. I don't love them but they're part of my work. Thanks for the comment.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

as long as you are enjoying it, it is fine emie, there is no other profession for you, can feel it as you like it, The accounting world needs you too, isn't it? cheer up ok, Maita


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Maita. I think I'm in the right profession :).


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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

I believe fourth reason you mentioned is the most important thing for choosing a career. Nice hub!


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Glad you become an accountant, emievil and fulfill your cravings nyahahaha...


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hey GH, long time no hear. Busy???? Cravings???? You make accounting sound like food LOL. thanks for dropping by and for the comment.


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Property-Invest 6 years ago from London

Hi Emievil. Your hubs on the accounting world and it's goings-on are certainly helping to "sex up" the image! Thanks for the great hubs.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hmmm, didn't think about it that way. Hope I can come up with more accounting hubs such as this. Thanks! :)


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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

Very interesting hub.

Thanks for sharing


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lovelytayactac 6 years ago

this is definitely good. i'm new to hubpages, and i am following you. i find you interesting, especially that we are of the same country and i am also an accountant...:)


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Welcome to Hubpages Lovelytaractac. Wonder where you are in the Philippines?


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hubby7 6 years ago from Chicago

Interesting and fun hub on accounting! I wish I knew more about it.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks hubby.


Fawaz 6 years ago

great read,,,, infact this article seems to be my own article,,,, this is wat actually happening to me rite nw,,


pioner 6 years ago

weldone


CPA Gainesville 6 years ago

i really wanted this career.


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aefrancisco 6 years ago from somewhere down the road

whew ... oh oh oh... how i wish i kinda got that same spirit - loving my job :(


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arraiyan 6 years ago from Philippines

Haha. Such an entertaining hub! Oh well, I too am an accountant. (Haha. That felt so great!) I am still aspiring, actually. I never really wanted this accounting thing and so I was oh so surprised to find pleasure in naming my self an accountant.

Enjoying? Am I enjoying this? Yes, I should say. It actually feels great to know things and terms normal people do not really make use of. It sounds so professional. Haha. Just like these terms I quite often use: My accounts receivable, my cash on hand, the dividends I had… Hehe. They’re amusing.

Why am I saying this? Hehe. I’m just so happy God guided me towards the numeral world of Accounting. Also, I find it commending to be an accountant. Your studying days are over. Congratulations to you! I really am glad for you.


Peachtree City CPA 5 years ago

Great words of wisdom here. Accounting is always changing, and it is an amazing way to learn how to, or not to run any type of business. Everyone should take a a couple of accounting classes.


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Taleb80 5 years ago

Thank you for these nice reasons.

I am an accountant. I find the accounting is a very interesting field, as you can learn so many skills here.

I am working in a big company in HO.

When I deal with the management I can understand how practical management are running, dealing with my finance manager, I can learn some practical finance issues.

These days we are taking actual inventory in our retail branches, so dealing with many people, I can learn some marketing, etc.

so in accounting, everyday you have a chance to learn something new if you would like to learn.

- I think it is not important to be good in math to be a good in accounting.


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bizchick83 5 years ago

I'm glad you pointed out the fact that accountants do not have to be great in math. I actually hate math and was thanking god for the COMPUTERIZED accounting courses in school. lol I guess a lot of people think we have to come up with the numbers on our own or something.

Also, you should have expressed the fact when you're doing Accounts Receivable a lot of people like to down play your position and call you a bill collector lol that's what I got a lot when i held that position. Accounting was too boring for me though. I hated the financial analysis part of it. I really don't know why I became an accountant. No one I know is one, I don't like math, but I do like to type and I lucked up on a very heavily computerized accounting position, and I like to dress business professional on a job, so that was a plus. And Accounting pays VERY well :) Nice hub!


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JRBanks 5 years ago

It is all about finding an occupation that suits your personality and passion, once you find that you can be happy with a fulfilling job!


viktorija3105 5 years ago

Hi hubs are great ,thank you!

I want to become an accountant after finishing year 11.

I like to work with numbers and graphs a

nd my Maths Grade is A.

What do you think is it better to do Apprenticeship or Course at college ? Will I be able to go to University if i choose to do Apprenticeship ?

I also interesting what is the average salary accountant get?

It would be very helpful if you can answear this questions

Thank You!


sk 5 years ago

salute to grt accountant's family. really glad 2 know ur autobiography.


BabySparklesz 5 years ago

Im about to pick my options this year

an you seem like a very helpful person to ask questions

1. What do i have to pick for my GCSE's to be an accountant

2. Is an accountants job hard

3. Is their good pay

4. Is it boring

5. How many years of experience will i need to have

thanks very much this hub was really helpful :))) xx


alvin 5 years ago

interesting :) i decided to take a BSA course this year .

i like business XD though im not good in it but still i want to learn more . i want to become a CPA someday :)


Audit Guru 5 years ago

Accounting is a great career path, however, it wasn't for me!


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Philpott Online 5 years ago

I'm so glad to know that you don't have to be a math whiz to become an accountant. Besides, as you said, we have calculators. Maybe I'll go for it after all.


floridasteve 5 years ago

Hi, I have just started a summer term of Financial Accounting course online at the local college. Man! it has been a challedge! averaging a low B. But now i'm in chapter 6 and its seems to be coming together. I have to use what i learned in chapts 1-4 all the time and its sinking in! Would like to get a BA online in Accounting. I do enjoy learning about other businesses like you stated.


Jess 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing this.


affan 5 years ago

this really inspired me to become an accountant, but i feel bewildered,blunt in front of accounts in my class. ooooh....it might not be my passion


ella 5 years ago

wow! really inspiring :))

i'm a sophomore BSA student .

and i'm really struggling about my studies.

i only have 2 accounting subjects right now

but for me it's really hard. what more nxt yr

we going to have 7 accounting majors.

what am i going to do ?

can you guys give me some advice?

i want to be a CPA !!!


edwina terante 5 years ago

i want also to be a CPA


Mehtab Abbasi 5 years ago

i want to be a good accountant but need a good guider any one can help me?


Usmaan 5 years ago

Ur definitely asian ;)


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mrpudgy 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Manitoba

You know... This was actually an interesting post for me due to the fact that I recently acquired a position in the financial department of the company I work for. They are putting me through school for free for accounting. I think I may enjoy this, and be able to turn it into a rewarding career. Your hub was a good read for me. Thank you!


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

@usmaan, thanks but why would you say that?

@mrpudgy, wow for free? Congratulations. I'm sure it will be a very rewarding career for you, good luck!


TKNY 5 years ago

Wow, This is a great post. Thank You! Just changed my major again, from Health Care Mang. to ACCOUNTANT!!! yeahhh. I studied Art & fashion, then started a career in Banking and Real Estate, and Insurance. As a woman (mom) in my early thirties , I think CPA makes sense now. I like analysis, glad to know I don't have to be a Math whiz...

& the comments here are really helpful also.

I will print this HUB, for future encouragement....


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jmlawhead 5 years ago from Colorado

I really enjoyed your posting. Very nice. I understand the glares. My undergrad degree is in Computer Information Systems for Business, and I got them alot. Especially from my mom. I had to learn to change the lingo when I talked to her and others that weren't in the business or understood computers. I'm working on a dual MBA in Accounting and Forensic Accounting. I got into accounting years ago, before I went for my undergrad because a position opend after management walked out. It needed to be done, and why not. I had to teach it to myself since there was no one there to teach me.

Then when I got out of college, at interviews, they told me I needed a stronger background in accounting since the programs I wrote were for accounting and HR managers. So I started doing it, and loved it. I love the numbers because they don't lie. And people do............... It's like anything else, you have good and bad with it... and have to deal with people that don't understand what you are saying. and yes, if they are going to open a business, they should learn accounting. You have to cover your own butt these days, and considering the number of unethical people that are out there, you need to be able to see what is going on in your own business. Just to protect yourself. If you are not willing to do it, who is??


dd 5 years ago

im gonna major in forensic accounting


sinothando jack 5 years ago

This is the course I want to do in varsity *in love*


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IJR112 5 years ago

I was an auditor for four years. I've been asking myself why I became an accountant every day. I really liked it during school, but once I got in the real world realized that maybe I didn't' like it much at all.


Ja10 5 years ago

I am a 10th grader in high school, I'm not the brightest kid, but I get good grades. The subject came up about what I want to be when I grow up. Both my parents are doctors but Im not interested in it. I told them I like math and dealing with money. They said accountant. Right know I'm looking at that, I have a while to worry about it but it's always good to think about it. Can some please help me know more about it?


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tata22 5 years ago from Makati City, Philippines

It's funny that we almost have the same reasons for getting accounting course. Let me just share my other reason why I took this course.

Way back year 2005, when we are about to graduate in high school, all of my classmates were decided to take "Nursing" as their course (well that was very "in demand" that time). But I didn't want to be where everybody is. I wanted to be different. No body in my batch was interested to take Accountancy (even the math wizzards of our batch)...so I did.

Now I'm the only Certified Public Accountant in our batch in high school (I know because we're few who graduated in that private school) and I'm very happy and proud of where this profession has put me now.

Nice hub emie. =D


godfrey sepogwane 5 years ago

i m in secondary school in grade 9 nxt year i want to study accounting because i like dealing with numbers that`s why i think accounting will be a good career in my future,i need an advice on it is that ok please wish me a good luck ok


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks tata22. It's nice to hear someone who's very happy with his profession. More power to you and God bless.

@godfrey, accounting is indeed a good career. Good luck and yes, you can ask me for advice anytime. Just send me an email and I'll be more than happy to respond to you.


tm 5 years ago

hey m really not liking dis CA feild..my accounts z so weak..actly m frm science backgrnd....i hav cleared my intermediate...but i dont think i can live up to it..please can u suggest me smthn 4 my prbm.


KMC 5 years ago

Hiya, Im going to collage next year and want to do accountancy, out of business studies and economics, which would go best with it? Thanks


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

You mean Accountancy with business studies or accountancy with economics? If yes, I'd go for the business studies. If you mean accountancy or business studies or economics, definitely will go for accountancy.


KMC 5 years ago

Thanks! I think I want to become an accountant and want to take accountancy at collage. I was just wondering what would work best alongside it


BBM 5 years ago

I studied accounting 2yrs back n quit i wnt to do it again next year and it was almost impossible to bring the passion back but this read jst changed all that thanx:)


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samthomasuae 5 years ago from Abu Dhabi, UAE

Great Emivil

I left a teaching job to work as accountant. It was one big right step in my life. Your article is really great. Now I am going to write why I left my teaching job.


Mikaela 4 years ago

What is the best university to go to if you want to become an accountant?


imjobless 4 years ago

i like your article very much..its meaning full for those love to be ab accountant..


joseph afen 4 years ago

i love accountancy


Lerato 4 years ago

Il be doin grade11 dz year nd m dwn commercial studies,i fnd accnting vry hard but i love it *cryin*cn sumbdy tel me what 2do..truly need help


David Agwu kalu 4 years ago

I wish to be an accountant i need to know those things that is need to make it happen pls reply....


Richyokel 4 years ago

Thanks emievil, your views are appreciated. I share a similar viewpoint.


Janet oga 4 years ago

I want to become an accountant but i am not to good in mathematics i'm studying accounting in higher institution. Pls which step should i take? Reply.


Terry Nightingill 4 years ago

I wish to become an accountant but im not sure where to start.. plus im 26 and running out of time


Abdulkadir Bashir 4 years ago

I wish 2 bcme an Accountant bcs it's a nice course, nd that is what i am teaching in high level.


Doreen 4 years ago

it is very rich and it makes me like and take that dream course


Rup 4 years ago

Hi Hub,

I was going through some career crisis and i think i am going to stick to my goal to pursue my CPA after a crappy interview which made me feel that this field is not meant for me.


MARY 4 years ago

I LOVE BEEN AN ACCOUNT THAT HAS BEEN MY DREAM ALL THIS WHILE, BUT I WILL LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION: WHY IS YOUR PROFESSION SO IMPORTANT, AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO MAN PLS; EMAIL ME Maryj4God52@yahoo.com


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sonny singh 4 years ago

Hello, Lorraine

I appreciated you sharing your thoughts and why one should become an accountant.


Flo 4 years ago

Awesomee.... I'm an accountant too and I support most of your reasons.. I feel the same way:)... Thanks for sharing.


Former Accountant 3 years ago

The good side. You will almost always have a job. It pays okay.

I started out as a CPA and did a lot of financial reporting. Month in month out, the first two weeks were generally understood to be black out dates in terms of taking days off. Then the last week of the month was devoted to getting ready for the month end, and this last week was also generally understood to be somewhat blacked out. So your schedule is actually pretty rigid. Month in month out, this will repeat itself. And no matter what you do, you will make a mistake (because no human is 100 accurate). It does not matter that it was one mistake out of the 1,000 things you did in which you got 999 of those things right. That one mistake will out weight all those 999 things that did well.

You will realize that you are really not doing accounting. In fact, you will realize that you are a data mover. In the beginning, you will be doing data entry, then you will be preparing financial statements and the notes to the financial statements. I have done so many month in and month out that I no longer find the repetitive nature of the work a learning experience.

You will rarely use anything beyond intermediate accounting, and much of the time, when you are assigned to a project, you will always ask, "How come you guys didn't fix this before? Shouldn't that have been done already?" It will turn out to be, you guessed, a data moving exercise. You are moving data in form to another.

Ninety nine percent of the time, your job is more likely to be the avoidance of error than the creation of something that is artistic, moving and beautiful. If you are a manager of accounting, accounting supervisor, assistant controller, or controller, you go to sleep at night wondering when there is going to be a mistake in the financial statements. If you are a staff accountant, you go to sleep at night wondering when your next mistake is going to take place either as you manually book the journal entries or prepare some schedule. Typos are inevitable, but supervisors don't care. They expect your manual data entry to be 100 percent -- it is the nature of the work. Notice that none of these positions think in terms of doing things right. They think in terms of avoiding doing things wrong. You are living life walking on egg shells.

If after all this, you still want to be become an accountant, then by all means, do so. I just do not see myself doing this anymore.


Don 3 years ago

Curious question....did you end up making a mistake and the supervisors snapped?


Jeff 3 years ago

I'm glad someone actually likes it for reasons other than money and status.


nora 3 years ago

are you still helping clients register their business in Davao City ?

what is the fee for this service?


rick 3 years ago

While I keep hearing that accounting is the best profession, the job market is over saturated with accounting grads. I have a degree, great grades and passed the CPA exam and still struggling just to get an interview.

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