You know accounting is about more than just crunching the numbers. Here are five signs you’re ready to take on a postgraduate course in accounting.
You're always the one to work out the bill at restaurants
When the bill hits the table, people pass it your way. You like to work out the amounts owed and you do it with accuracy.
Tasks like this demonstrate how accounting is a social practice and not just a calculative exercise, says RMIT Associate Professor Robert Inglis.
“There’s always a broader setting that accountants have to understand, so that’s what we try to do with our education these days,” he says.
You’re not challenged in your current job
Accounting is ideal for those needing a new set of challenges. Accountants are life-long learners who must stay informed on local and global industry practices.
Dianne Mangaliman was working in a job she enjoyed at Westpac, but she knew she wasn’t going to be there for the rest of her life. She understood the important role accounting played in the growth of small businesses and wanted to help.
“I chose the Master of Professional Accounting because I realised that throughout my professional career I was always interested in the numbers, what they meant for a business and how a business can grow from understanding their numbers,” she says.
“What made me switch was thinking about the kind of job I would actually enjoy doing on a day to day basis - I wanted to analyse a business to offer a solution and the best way to do that is to understand a business' figures through accounting.”
Family and friends ask you for financial advice
Budding accountants are well known for their prudent financial advice. Their super saving techniques and knowledge of basic tax laws means they will be asked about everything from the purchase of a new car to superannuation.
A postgraduate course in accounting prepares graduates for a diverse range of careers across different industries. Students can chose to specialise in auditing, social and environmental accountability or to even run their own small business.
You look forward to doing your tax
Tax time can send shivers down people’s spines, but not yours. Instead of outsourcing your tax return, you prefer to do it yourself.
The Master of Professional Accounting readies students for financial and taxation advice roles. It helps them develop accounting skills through industry-led projects. The program is specifically designed for students from a non-accounting background who want to know more about the technical and social elements of accounting.
You like to follow the rules
Accountants are bound by numerous government regulations and industry standards. Accountability and professionalism is of utmost importance. Future accountants like to know the rules and stick to them.