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Accountants Deserve Praise

In Praise of Accountants

Accountancy may never have been regarded as the most exciting or ground-breaking of professions, but a new survey has revealed how a significant number of accountants in the industry regard themselves embarrassed of their chosen occupation.

Accountants Ashamed of their Profession

The survey reveals that accountants stand out as the professionals most ashamed about what they do for a living. Of the 2000 people questioned, a mere 44% of accountants expressed pride in their career choice, compared to 90% of those surveyed in the insurance industry. So what on earth is the reason behind these collective red faces?

Accountants not to Blame for the Financial Crisis

We can trace some of the blame for this shame-faced reaction to the financial crisis. Whilst a tiny minority of the nation's accountants had their part to play in this dire situation, it does seem a bit rich for them to take the whole weight of the blame on their shoulders. Ironically, a majority of bankers questioned expressed pride in their profession.

Accountants are Cutting Edge

It's true that when many of us hear the word 'accountant', a cliched vision of a grey man marking up a ledger with a quill pen may leap uninvited into our minds. These days, though, accountancy is driven by sophisticated computer programs and cutting-edge technology. Accountants have the heavy responsibility of keeping a weather eye on the financial situations of the smallest of family firms as well as the highest echelon of government. Accountancy has moved with the times and those working within the industry now play a crucial role in safeguarding the precarious state of the nation's finances.

Accountants Contribute to the Financial Health of the Nation

Accountancy is a profession with lots of scope for flexibility. There will always be a demand for accountants and those in senior positions can command an impressive salary. It is an ideal profession for those professionals who wish to map out a steady career progression as there are clear and structured career paths. Many universities offer accountancy degrees, but if you have a good head for figures it is entirely possible to enter the profession at ground level and work your way up. There are few professions where your career path will be so clearly signposted. Additionally, many accountants contribute to the altruistic health of the nation with their vital and often unpaid work for charities.

All in all, there is no need for accountants to hang their heads in shame. They play a key part in keeping the country financially afloat. Where would we be without them?

Written by Niraj Joshi of Circle Square 

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