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DON'T DO IT!!!
Accountancy in general
Member Name: Holland1
Accountancy in general
Advantages: If you can stand it, it pays well when you're qualified apparently
Disadvantages: Training, exams take over your life, pressure environment
I write this review from the point of view of someone who has fallen into accountancy as a career and would love to get out of it! Although I realise everyone is different, I'd like anyone considering a career in this sector to read this review and just make sure they are doing it for the right reasons, and that they won't regret their choice.
I fell into accountancy because my dad is an accountant, and in school I was good at maths and loved Business Studies and Economics. I didn't have much imagination when it came to careers choices, and decided to settle for a steady job that would hopefully earn me some decent money.
What I found, however, is that accountancy is a very difficult road, and if you don't enjoy it there is no point pursuing it for the security. I got a job as a trainee accountant for an accountancy practice, getting paid peanuts under the promise that they would train me and pay for my accountancy exams, so that when I passed them all and was qualified, the sky was my limit in the accounting world. The firm did pay for my exams, but the training wasn't the best and most of the time I was left to figure things out for myself and ask colleagues if I was struggling. I ended up working long hours because accountancy practice is a tough environment, where everything you do is chargeable to clients, so you were put under pressure to keep time down on preparing clients' accounts so that the practice could still make a profit. This is ridiculous when you consider the pittance they pay their trainees but unfortunately it's how it works in this environment.
You'll also be under pressure in your home life because you'll be sitting as many exams as you can to try and get up the ladder and increase your pay. This means that not only are you earning a pittance and working late, but your home life will suffer as you constantly seem to have your head in a book, to pass exams that in reality don't help you that much with your day-to-day work.
I left this environment, and now work in accounts for a charity, which although is a bit boring is a lovely environment, pays better, and I don't have to sit any exams.
I'm not saying that nobody should ever become an accountant, but it takes a certain type of person and if you're miserable from the start and suspect it's not for you, listen to your heart and do something about it because believe me, it doesn't get any better.
Summary: Not for me
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