Can everyone be an accountant?

In a strict sense, yes; nevertheless, in everyday life, no.

The field of accounting requires specialised interests and a strong passion for the profession.

To be successful in this field, you need to have a passion for details, number crunching, evaluating figures and financial reports, managing money, and developing and implementing internal controls. You have to be someone who enjoys doing tedious and routine labour. There will be closings on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis, depending on the clockwork. You will be responsible for processing and paying your suppliers as well as collecting payments from your clients.

In addition to this, it will be necessary to acquire banking facilities, as well as to liaise with regulators regarding compliance and tax issues. In addition to this, there will be annual audits, and there will be a need to handle both internal auditors (if there are any), as well as external auditors. You will need to ensure that you are up-to-date and knowledgeable regarding the constant and regular modifications that are made to the provisions of the financial accounting rules and regulations such as the IFRS, GAAP, and other similar rules and regulations.

A career as an accountant is not something you should think about pursuing unless and until you are willing to contemplate taking on some or all of the tasks listed above.

Of course, if you do have the passion for it, a career in accounting may be very rewarding, both in terms of job promotions and cash rewards, provided that you do have that enthusiasm. Because you are the only one who knows what you are capable of accomplishing in your life, the decision is entirely up to you.

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