What is it like to be an Accountant?
This occupation gets an unfair deal when it comes to stereotypes. There’s this notion that accountants work alone all day doing mathematical equations. But the reality is much brighter.
In addition to having an interest in mathematics, economics and business-related subjects, accounts also need excellent communication skills. Accountant’s deal with a variety of people and need to establish good rapport to be entrusted with a person or organisation’s accounts.
Accountants analyse, interpret, audit, prepare reports and provide advice on a person’s or organisation’s financial information.
This occupation also has strong future job growth as reported by Job Outlook.
Accountants apply their expert knowledge in accounting across many disciplines, including financial and corporate accounting, taxation law, corporate planning, government, management accounting and taxation.
Accountants work in a variety of settings, such as chartered accounting firms, large multinational organisations, private businesses, universities, government organisations (tax department, audit officer, treasury, local government), financial planning companies, investment companies and financial institutions (banks and building societies).
Is it right for me?
Do you have a passion for mathematics, economics or business-related subjects? If so, this could be for you. As well as an interest in analysing and solving problems, you’ll need good organisational skills, communication skills and be able to use discretion when dealing with sensitive information.
Other key skills and attributes include:
- Good communication skills
- Good presentation skills
- Able to build rapport with clients
- Professional and ethical
- Able to work as part of a team.