By Erika Murigi
Accountancy is a profession in high demand. Every business and organisation, large
and small, requires an accountant at some point, if not all the time. Furthermore, it’s a
career that offers opportunities around the world, a healthy salary and life-long career
progression. But is it for you? Here are 5 sure signs you should be an accountant:
You’re a maths wizard
Being an accountant doesn’t mean having to do trigonometry or algebra equations in
your head but you do need to have a better than average understanding of maths to get
to grips with the technical aspects of accountancy. While nowadays you’re more likely to
be using a calculator and spreadsheets to do your number crunching, you can’t always
rely on technology and you still need to be efficient with numbers to ensure accuracy.
Details are your friend
Whether you work in-house, as a consultant or at an accountancy firm with multiple
clients, being able to analyse and provide a detailed balance sheet, a cash flow
breakdown or an explanation of a federal tax process will have to be second nature. If
you are conscientious, focused on accuracy and meticulous about details, whether it’s
the bottom line of a budget or the intricacies of tax regulation, then it’s likely you’ll excel
You enjoy structure and deadlines
As an accountant being able to work to a deadline is a particularly important skill. A huge
part of the job is deadline driven. Month-end management accounts, annual accounts,
tax returns, are all examples of when work has to be completed by a set date, no
excuses. Conversely, the day-to- day aspect of the job is often highly structured.
Processes are run daily, quarterly, annually; the same operational procedures take place
over and over again within set timeframes. But, if you’re a result driven person who
derives satisfaction from completing time-sensitive projects, under pressure then a
career in accountancy might just be for you.
You don’t mind being the go-to person
Finance is one of the most important aspects of business with accountancy providing its
language. When management wants to know, or explain, why something went wrong,
why an acquisition should move forward or why redundancies have to happen to pull a
business out of the red, they turn to their accountants. Everything in business comes
down to the numbers, which means that accountants are often in the hot seat to present
the details behind decisions in an understandable fashion to non-accounting
professionals, which means being a good communicator will also take you far!
You believe in following the rules
Accountants are required to follow the rules. Tax codes, regulations, processes – it’s a
career that doesn’t reward creative rule breaking and with good reason. Accountants
bear the responsibility of a company’s financial health and ensuring its financial records
are accurate and honest. The job requires being able to sticking to the rules, working
with integrity and to a highly ethical code of practice.
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