By the name accountant itself comes with the accountability , an accountant is accountable for all the numbers in the books of accounts and hence utmost importance and prudence to be there while book keeping.
Playing with numbers is the most interesting role, managing cash assets liabilities and others gives the power and authority as the business solely relies on you for thier financial performance.
Intergrity is one of the important characteristics other than talent and qualifications
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Accounting background can help you land different type of jobs such as Auditing, Financial Analyst and many more. If you get your certification you can be more valuable and get more opportunities. Good luck.
It depends on what type of accountant you are! Some are bookkeepers who write journal entries to maintain the ledgers for business, some are auditors who provide 3rd party assurance that a businesses financial statements are presented fairly, and some are tax accountants who prepare tax returns for individuals or entities!
I can only give my experience, which is in Big-4 Audit. The learning curve is immense; expect to feel perpetually confused for the first few months. However, because of this constant battle to understand what is going on, the professional growth and development is immense. It can be incredibly frustrating for a lot of the time, but they'll be sparks of "Oh, I got that right" or "Oh, I understand this"! In the beginning, it is a TON of communication with people that know more than you. You learn how to raise your hand and ask questions, because that is the only way to learn. You will be spending a lot of time looking at spreadsheets and PDF's, and other forms of audit documentation and evidence.
Once you start to gain your footing, it becomes all about time management. You will have to manage up, down, and across with people above, below, and in different areas than you. In any given 30 minutes, you could be on a video call with a client, then asking your manager about something that didn't make sense in the video, then explaining a totally unrelated task to an intern or associate who is trying to learn from you! Fast paced, long hours, and big growth is the name of the game in public accounting.