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Is accounting easy?

A friend of mine is going to study Accounting at uni next year. She is putting her application in next month. I am still really not sure what I want to do once I finish year 12. I may just take a gap year.

Does anyone know if Accounting is easy or hard? I don't just mean the degree, I'd also like to know if an Accounting career is easy or hard?

Any feedback would be great.

Not an easy decision to make!

Posted in Accounting, asked by lefe, 6 years ago. 1508 hits.


Deciding which career part you want to follow can be really daunting and confusing - especially when you are faced with the prospect of having to decide now what you want to do "for the rest of your life!" So I can understand why you feel unsure of where to go from here.

It's great that you are asking questions and thinking about your future and the various opportunities and options available to you!

The question shouldn't be about whether the degree and profession are "hard" or "easy" but rather about whether it is something you enjoy and are passionate about. Remember that a job takes up on average 38 hours per week. You will spend a large part of your week at work, with the same people, doing the same thing; so it's a vital importance that you enjoy what you do. There are obviously other factors which contribute to your overall experience at work - such as whether you get along with your boss and colleagues, the environment and culture at the office, your clients, etc.. but these can be changed by moving to a new company if you are not satisfied.

If business is something that interests you and something you enjoy, then an accounting degree should definitely be an option to consider. With an accounting degree, there are many different types of jobs you could get. A commerce degree really does set you up for a good, life-long career in the corporate world. You can expect long hours at the office, especially during tax time (or busy season), but then the rewards are great too usually coming with a nice big salary. You could also work for yourself where you choose your own clients and hours and ultimately have more control over the amount of time you work and how much money you earn.

Accounting is not meant to be an "easy" degree or job, but if you enjoy the work and have committed yourself to learning and being the best at what you do, then it can become "easy" in the sense that the rewards of your hard work and dedication motivate you to stick through the tough times.

If you have no interest in business, finance, data, etc, then it probably isn't the path you should take. You will find the content boring and this will make the course and the work difficult as you will not have the necessary drive and motivation.

I hope this has given you something to think about.

All the best with making your decision, I hope you find what you are looking for :)

6 years ago
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