Breaking the Accounting Stereotype
According to stereotypes, accountants wake up in the morning with a numb expressionless face, roll out of bed to put their brown or grey suit jacket on, and head to work located in the basement of some office building where they sit in their cubical all day with the same numb face crunching numbers until five when they go home and go to sleep. Dull and drab, these two seem to be the calling card of everything that an accountant does.
Luckily, however, as with most stereotypes, this dramatized portrayal of an accountant’s daily life is simply not true. Accountants in today’s business world live a much more social and interactive professional life.
Certified accountants in the modern business world find fast paced jobs in executive roles in which they make decisions, participate in business strategies, and efficiently run sections of the corporation. In board meetings, executive meetings, and company planning meetings across the business industry, you can find a CPA or otherwise certified accountant in attendance, being relied on to give accurate advice and needful direction to the other members of the company.
The recent changes to the job description of accountants in business have come about because of changes in federal business law. Because of the fallout from large scale business scandals over the past decade or so, such as those involving Tyco, WorldCom, and most famously Enron, government regulations and stipulations concerning companies bookkeeping have tightened.
Auditing and reporting conditions especially have increased in their regulation and accountability, putting the accountant of an organization in a very important and influential position. But not only have increased governmental stipulations caused the life of accountants to become more involved, so too has the increased level of technology and complicated marketing figures of a growing worldwide economy.
The accounting program at Independence University can help those who seek to enter this new arena of fast paced business accounting. Independence University is staffed by trained and knowledgeable instructors, who are often experts in their fields with real world experience to draw on.
If you or someone you know is interested in the field of accounting, consider Independence University as your source for education and certification. We stand ready to assist all those who desire to do more with their life through the power we provide them through education.
Megan Wickes is a graduate of the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. She currently works for Independence University, managing its online presence. In addition to her love of marketing, Megan enjoys wakeboarding, boating, and spending time with her husband and new baby boy.