Public accounting is a great career field and I love my job in it. Can you say the same thing about your job and your career? I talk a lot here about loving my job. You can love your job too if you change your attitude. However, this is not going to be a “change your attitude” type of post. This is simply going to be me gloating over all the benefits and great things I experience by working in public accounting.
I had no idea what I was getting into when I chose public accounting as a career. I made the decision to major in accounting because of a high school accounting class. In reality, it was just a bookkeeping class but I loved the work. The class was boring because it was so easy but the work itself was pretty interesting.
At that point, I changed from potentially majoring in chemical engineering to accounting. That was all the due diligence I did. It’s amazing it worked out. More than 17 years later, I’m still in public accounting.
Obviously, I chose the right career path for me. I’m lucky. Not everyone chooses a major and sticks with that career for as long as I have. I’ve stayed in public accounting for several reasons which I will discuss here. Hopefully you can identify some of these same traits in your job and/or career and can love your job as much as I do.
Here are reasons number 12 and 11 for why public accounting is a great career (I’ll eventually work my way up to number 1):
There is an extreme difference in business travel between the Big Four public accounting firms and other firms. My firm, is a national top-tier firm but we do not primarily focus on working with huge companies. Because of this, we get to travel but it is not always to mega cities.
Many of our clients, and mine in particular, are primarily based in smaller towns and cities. While I’ve been able to travel to great cities such as Boston, San Diego and Chicago, I mostly travel to smaller cities. I thoroughly enjoy working in smaller cities. It can be very interesting to learn the history of a small town, the famous people who grew up in that town and the current status of the local economy.
It’s also a pretty good perk to build an inventory of hotel rewards points from all of my travels. These rewards points come in pretty handy when traveling with the family…and we do a lot of traveling.
Another reason public accounting is a great career is because I get to work with decision-makers. From Day 1 in my career, I’ve worked directly with my clients’ CEOs and CFOs. This isn’t necessarily the case when working for a Big Four public accounting firm. In many cases, their staff work in one lower risk area for months at a time and may never meet with the CFO or CEO.
It was a little intimidating to interact with these decision-makers when I began my career. However, I learned they are regular people just like me. It’s very interesting though to listen to them and learn about the business decisions they have to make.
Traveling to different cities and working with decision-makers are two reasons why I believe public accounting is a great career. In future posts, we will explore 10 more reasons why public accounting is a great career. I have my list already compiled but let me know in the comments below the reasons you believe public accounting is such a great career.