Originally Posted by micbain
+1 lots of work to be done and fees be earned. Starting next month I will no longer be an accountant (technically no longer an auditor). It is a bitter sweet moment. Sweet in getting into a career I like, bitter in it not coming sooner!
You're working solely on IFRS conversion? That's still part of the auditing group..
Originally Posted by Raoul Duke
I don't particularly like my job, but I don't exactly hate it either. The subject matter is generally fine and I get to learn new things every day. However, some of the work is very tedious and extremely boring. My dislike for the job generally stems from the people I work with, who are all much older than me, which means that we generally don't have much to talk about. There are a few younger people around which is nice, but I'm hardly on jobs with them. If you do decide to go into accounting, I wouldn't expect it to be too exciting. I always enjoyed finance more, but I went into accounting instead for the job security. It definitely worked as I did not have any difficulty finding a job and as some of my finance friends are getting axed, I'm getting a raise. If you are Canada, now is a good time to be an accountant as the impending transition to IFRS will require a lot of man power.
another Vancouver articling student right here.. I'll second what Raoul said. Accounting is a good middle of the road job. Not too tough, not too hard to get in (relatively speaking), but of course the compensation isn't really anything to brag about either. Lots of kids going for accounting now, though. You're going to be just another face in the crowd -- one of the typical directionless kids looking for shelter from the harsh real world in the form of a safe, semi-prestigious career. Finance is a lot more interesting. But it's tough to break into those top jobs. And it's true what one of hte other posters said: an undergrad degree in Finance is useless. If you have the skills, go into math, stats or compsci instead. More and more, the big finance shops are gravitating towards quant guys.