Try to sit in a room and listen to people speak about current and proposed accounting standards and stay awake. I dare you.
It’s not easy. Accounting rules are not fun or exciting. In fact, they are pretty boring.
That being said, I love public accounting because continual learning is necessary and expected. No, I’m not necessarily talking about the class room setting above. Instead, I’m talking about learning in other ways.
I loved school. I loved to learn. There were, of course, classes that did not keep my attention. Overall, though, school was very enjoyable.
Do you like to learn? You probably do but maybe you don’t know it.
If you like to read, you like to learn. Even if you read fiction, you’re learning something. Either you’re learning about human relationships or something else.
In my public accounting career, I’ve discovered the opportunities for continual learning are prevalent. I get to learn about banking rules and regulations, accounting standards, writing and editing, human personalities, etc. I learn something new every day.
For example, today I learned about a different thought process for proposing on new work from prospective clients. Yesterday, I learned about the importance of making sure everyone in an audience can hear me when I speak. Every day I learn something new about how companies operate and the business reasons decisions are made. These may be little things to learn, but they make each day different.
Do you crave to experience continual learning each day? Did you even realize you learn each day? If not, you learned it now (hopefully).
p style=”text-align: justify;”>Continual learning is not specific to public accounting. Every career, every industry, every person learns every day. You can appreciate your opportunities to learn or you can ignore them. How do you choose to react?