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    Sure, if you work hard enough on it.

    There's no reason your type should ever prevent you from doing any job if you're dedicated enough to learning the skills associated with that job.
    If you could be anything you want, I bet you'd be disappointed--am I right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    I'll tell you something: on standardized entrance-tests, accounting majors are those that score the lowest on average (physics majors being those that score the highest). I think accounting is a potentially profitable venue and that learning accounting is truly useful, however I think that college should be dedicated to truly learn something complex and potentially long-lasting, with wide applications (so, math & logic & science), rather than such a detail-oriented and (in my opinion) mind-killer subject.

    Somewhat hypocritically tho, I actually have taken a lot of accounting classes and I know quite a lot about it. That's why I hate it so much
    I think I agree. I'm enjoying accounting, but it really feels like a step down. Subconsciously, I keep waiting for a concept in accounting that'll need me to integrate something.

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    lmfao your saying your going to depend your entire future on a non-personal peronality theory? dude just do what you want

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaunward View Post
    I think I agree. I'm enjoying accounting, but it really feels like a step down. Subconsciously, I keep waiting for a concept in accounting that'll need me to integrate something.
    At past places I've worked, you definitely see the personality difference between the accountants and the analysts. Accountants are boring and stiff. Analysts interesting and dynamic.


    Are 80 hour weeks worth your six figure salary? It sounds fucking horrible to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avolkiteshvara View Post
    At past places I've worked, you definitely see the personality difference between the accountants and the analysts. Accountants are boring and stiff. Analysts interesting and dynamic.


    Are 80 hour weeks worth your six figure salary? It sounds fucking horrible to me.
    I enjoy work. It makes me feel productive and gives me meaning. Chartered Accountants typically work 40 hour workweeks and average nearly 200k a year (in Canada anyway). It's hardly about the money at this point.

    I'm taking time off for more school right now. All this free time is driving me mad. Coming here is an expression of my temporary free time.

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    Said like a true ENTJ. Chartered Accountants? I wonder what the equivalent is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander29 View Post
    I can't speak for other countries, but in the US, if you want to be an accountant, the best way to go is to get a degree in accounting, which involves a number of very rigorous courses, then you take the certified public accountant exam and hopefully pass it (very tough exam), and you go to work for a big 4 firm. You quit after five to ten years and get a controller or other senior accounting position at a corporation or you stay at the big 4 firm and and progress to partner - doing audit work or tax work. Contrary to the opinions of others, auditing does not have to be boring, but you do need to like it.

    Most accountants are bookkeepers- doing the same thing, daily/weekly/monthly/yearly. That's BORING!

    The subject matter of accounting is very boring, but where it becomes interesting is when you are an auditor, especially for the big 4 and are able to work on different clients and work different types of jobs, where accounting is the foundation, but you are able to exercise different skills, especially analytical.

    I spent over 6 years in Big 4, and the higher you go in the organization the less it was about the details and more about big picture items, and that separates the forever bean counters from those who are good leaders.

    I know I'm biased as an ISTJ, but I can use of my Ne if I have to at work.

    Like someone said, a CPA certificate and a degree is a good skill to have in a tough economy like present.

    OP, if your parents are willing to pay for your schooling to become an accountant, and you can manage to do well, see if you can get into an auditing firm, particularly the Big 4, and use them. You are young; put your time in, learn all you can, and then take that knowledge, your Ne, and go conquer the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Yeah...I studied accounting in high school for 5 years, I have a bachelor in eco - had to take 5 accounting classes - and im getting a masters in math finance. I think accounting is by far the easiest thing among all the economics-related stuff. Of course remembering all the details can be difficult, but it's a matter of brute-force memorization rather than understanding of complex concepts
    Accounting involves principles- so If you understand the principles you can easily understand how issues play out in the big picture.

    Like someone mentioned, those who look for some kind of pattern in the details will fail, because they don't learn how to think in terms of principles. The way a problem is presented in a textbook will differ from the test, and differ in real life, but if you get the underlying principle, you can find the best answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avolkiteshvara View Post
    Said like a true ENTJ. Chartered Accountants? I wonder what the equivalent is.
    Chartered Accountants=US CPAs

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    Quote Originally Posted by IZthe411 View Post
    Most accountants are bookkeepers- doing the same thing, daily/weekly/monthly/yearly. That's BORING!

    The subject matter of accounting is very boring, but where it becomes interesting is when you are an auditor, especially for the big 4 and are able to work on different clients and work different types of jobs, where accounting is the foundation, but you are able to exercise different skills, especially analytical.
    Bah, you don't know what you're talking about here. M&A and financial accounting is exciting. Allocating resources, shifting them around.

    I love algebra and mathematics. Always have. Interesting stuff.

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