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"Working Smaller Keeps You Grounded...
When people think of accountants they often think of people who are very dull and business like. But as someone in this field I am very lively and goofy. And the people I work with have a wide variety of taste in what they enjoy" (Book Keeper; 2013)
"Volunteering To Succeed...
Several people think that being a bookkeeper is boring, but it is very interesting. Not only are you responsible for handling the books, you get to meet with most clients that other roles do not meet." (Bookkeeper; 2013)
"Take Time To Learn The Story Behind The Numbers...
Given that my degree is in finance, I'm surprised that I ended up in accounting. Accounting is pretty straightforward; crunching numbers and making sure everything adds up and is accurate. It does give you valuable insight into what it takes to keep a business running." (Bookkeeper; 2013)
"Learn As Much As You Can As Quickly As You Can...
I have been surprised at how much I actually enjoy office work. And for some reason, I really enjoy data entry and keeping things organized." (Administrative Assistant; 2013)
"Knowledge Of Numbers...
I was surprised that dealing with all these numbers all day dose not give me a headache like it used to." (Bookkeeper; 2013)
"Know The Basics...
The notion that people in accounting positions lead boring lives and sit behind a desk all day are not true, many professionals go into careers where they are also in a position to travel and engage in various other business activities. I myself take four to five trips to various states each year and have had the chance to meet a lot of new and fascinating people." (Bookkeeper; 2013)
"Internships Are More Important Than Work Experience...
I was surprised about how what I learned is applied in the real world. In school, you learn a lot of details about what is happening overall, but in a company, a lot of this is unnecessary for you to understand personally, as you perform a specific function. It is most important to have general skills and understand the general flow of tasks." (Accounts Receivable Clerk; 2013)
"If You're On The Fence Give It A Shot...
Honestly, I wasn't planning on going into bookkeeping, and when the job was offered to me I was a bit wary, as the name itself implies boredom, long days staring at ledgers, etc etc, but I've found that I love it. It's easy work, it's peaceful and not hectic, and I get lost in my books quite a bit." (Bookkeeper; 2013)
"Have Positive Energy...
My current job isn't what people usually want to be. However, it is actually a really entertaining job." (Bookkeeper; 2013)
"Get Out From Behind The Desk...
Being a bookkeeper kind of makes me feel isolated from others on my team. I often times get excited about projects but do not have any one to share in my excitement. I have made some good friends who are also accountants and we get along really well. It is important to make sure you can make an impression because of peoples preconceived notions about book keepers." (Bookkeeper; 2013)
"Easier Career Transition...
My profession is not a boring job just sitting behind a desk all day looking at numbers. There are many more interesting people who I interact with on a daily basis learning something new about the accounting industry everyday." (Bookkeeper; 2013)
"CPA's Make More Money...
I was surprised about how easy it was. I truly believe a person without accounting degree could do this job. You just have to type numbers into the computer and the computer does the work for you." (Accounts Payable; 2013)
"Bookkeeping Skills And Tips...
I am surprised more work from home opportunities aren't available. I thought in this day and age, we would have a forum setup for businesses to log in their work for bookkeepers to work remotely." (Bookkeeper; 2013)
"An Internship Will Help You...
I was surprised at the entry level pay. Most companies require experience, and your entry level pay until you get some experience is surprisingly low. If you were able to get an internship while in school, this may not be a surprise at all." (Accountant; 2013)
"I was surprised to learn that there is a large amount of communication required between myself and my clients for me to do my work properly. I was also surprised to learn that each bookkeeping job takes more time than the scenarios did in school." (Bookeeper; 2013)
"I was surprised to discover how little practical application that most of the classes I took during my undergraduate education were to my career. Classes which taught skills such as using a ten-key adding machine, computer skills, and "soft skills" such as professional interaction and time management would have been more useful on a day to day basis." (Bookkeeper; 2012)
"I am surprised how disorganized a major company can be. No one keeps track of their own schedule and always relies on other people do it. Insane." (Bookkeeper/Admin Assistant; 2012)
Accounts Payable Clerk: "As a business/accounting "person" the best part of the job is when things are in balance! Of course, the worst part of the job is when numbers DON'T balance. I also enjoy learning new things, and finding ways for our company to save money. The officers at the company where I work have mentored me in many areas, and I am amazed at how they examine and react to different business propositions. I wish there was more time to watch and learn more about their business plan. I find it quite interesting." (2011)
Accounting Assistant: "I love the people and Girl Scouting. I was a scout as a girl, and still am! Sometimes I have the chance to volunteer at a Girl Scout event, and I enjoy the children. They remind me of why we do what we do! I hate tax time and audit time. I like doing my job, but having someone come in and look over my shoulder for a week checking over a year's worth of work is not pleasant. Cookie sale time is a HUGE sale. We have more than 15,000 girls selling cookies, and all of the tracking of bank deposits and cases of cookies is a huge undertaking." (2010)
Bookkeeper: "I have complete autonomy over my hours. Also all of my part-time jobs are within a couple of miles of my home. Some negative aspects are doing personal jobs that are out of my comfort zone. I have had to tackle many jobs that I have had no experience with. Many require research online to figure out -- great learning experience, though, I suppose. Working on PC's when I'm used to Macs has been challenging as well." (2010)
Bookkeeper: "The best part of my job is that all of the employees are like friends and family. Because we are a small private company, we have a casual atmosphere and an office dog who greets visitors like a receptionist. It's a fun place to work. There is not really any part of my job that I dislike. If I had to pick a worst part, I guess it would be at month-end when I have a lot of reports to run and more things to do so that I can close out the month for bookkeeping purposes." (2010)
Bookkeeper: "If you are on the fence about a career in bookkeeping, give it a shot, or do some actual research on the job, you might be surprised. It's not nearly as boring as it sounds." (2013)
Bookkeeper: "Make sure you can deal with numbers all day everyday or you'll get really bored." (2013)
Bookkeeper: "A vital part of becoming a professional in the accounting field is being constantly aware of the most fundamental rules and regulations. It is critical for accounting professionals to know what is acceptable in terms of reporting decisions and how to find out the correct ways to do things if they ever have questions." (2013)
Bookkeeper: "It is an understatement when people mention put your energy into it. It will really help you as a person." (2013)
Bookkeeper: "Pay close attention to details. It's more than accuracy, but that's very important. Learn the story behind the numbers and you'll do your best." (2013)
Book Keeper: "A Good way to start is to start working with smaller firms so you can learn stuff from your colleagues in a efficient manner and be able to gain some experience before moving up and have a good reputation as well as keep the customer in mind, you will also gain a better understanding so when you work for a larger firm you still stay grounded" (2013)
Bookkeeper: "Working with a clear mind is the key to working with numbers. If you have a lot of commotion going on in your life, it will be hard to do the math problems required for bookkeeping" (2013)
Accounts Receivable Clerk: "One tip I would say would be to pursue an internship, and maybe consider reducing paid hours at other jobs to do so. Unless you really need the money to pay for school, you will have an easier time finding a job and ultimately make a lot money working for free for a few months instead of working a meaningless retail job. Don't feel bad about taking loans in this situation." (2013)
Administrative Assistant: "Learn as much as you can in all areas of the office. When you run out of things to do, learn how to do something else." (2013)
Bookkeeper: "Make sure to give yourself time away from the desk to get involved with your co-workers at all costs. It will be imperative to your likeness of the job." (2013)
Bookkeeper: "One of the most beneficial career paths in accounting when changing from one career to another career is to start with internships to gain on the job experience to add to your resume while attending school. It will make the career transition easier in the future once graduated." (2013)
Bookkeeper: "Always volunteer to work on extra projects to gain experience. Never feel ashamed when double checking your work." (2013)
Accounts Payable: "If you are looking for to earn a hefty salary after graduation then you will need to become a CPA. Just a bachelors in accounting will get you nice pay, but it is not where the big dollars are." (2013)
Accountant: "If you want to get a good job out of the gate, focus on getting some work experience while in school. The best thing you can do is attempt to get an internship either paid or unpaid during the summers, so that you graduate with the degree and real world experience." (2013)
Accounts Payable Clerk: "If you decide to work in an office or business environment, you need to be thick skinned. Sometimes co-workers can get on your nerves. Don't bother getting into little tiffs with your co-workers; you are all on the same team! Just remember to do an honest day's work for your employer, and be willing to take on more responsibility. I think that earns you a great amount of respect. There is a lot to be said for loyalty, also. Buy the products that the business you work for sells. Don't be adversarial. Be kind to customers and to coworkers." (2011)
Accounting Assistant: "Get up-to-date training on Excel spreadsheets, or any other kind of accounting software to be used at your place of employment. Take classes to get an understanding of basic accounting. Take customer service training. Have good typing and basic computer skills." (2010)
Bookkeeper: "Don't be afraid to start at the bottom. My first job after college was an entry-level billing clerk job. I worked extremely hard and was promoted to manager within a few years. At the first convention we had, I got the award called "nose to the grindstone" for sitting at my desk for hours without moving. I was reconciling accounts which I found very satisfying and I still enjoy the reconciliation aspect of my jobs today." (2010)
Bookkeeper: "I would recommend this type of job for anyone who doesn't mind working indoors and is comfortable with a 9 to 5 schedule. Not having to work weekends is a plus for me. You need to be organized and detail-oriented. I spend a lot of my time making and labeling folders and have a precise filing system, so I can find anything on a moment's notice. Taking a lot of business courses helped a whole lot." (2010)