Why Accountants and CPAs Can Always Stand for Personal Growth
Those who found a career as an accountant or CPA can reap many benefits from engaging in personal growth. As a result of working daily with the financial situations presented by businesses and individuals, you may sometimes feel boxed into a small reality of numerical outcomes and the simple bottom line. This may also cause you to become stagnate in your professional career. The decision to pursue personal growth can help you to stay engaged in everyday work situations, improve your interactions with others and rise to new levels in your field.
A Complex Working Life
Whether you work for an accounting firm or own your business, you come into contact with the financial records of many different businesses from self-employed contractors to medium-sized companies to the “Big 4”. It is your job to keep accurate accounting records which comply with current tax legislation. You often have to meet with clients to clarify certain points of their reported financials. During tax season, you have to balance the natural stress created from an increased workload with the constant need to remain precise and correct in your reporting.
By choosing personal growth in your everyday working life, you decide to treat each new day as a learning experience. You can ask yourself these questions:
- As I review accounts, is my state of mind positive, neutral or negative?
- Am I giving myself enough time to study new tax legislation so that I can utilize the knowledge with ease?
- When I meet with clients, am I projecting the personality that I want to project?
- When my workload increases, what steps do I take to cope?
Tax legislation is always changing, and the impacts on clients are not always welcome. New tax laws may also create extra work for you at a time when this seems least welcome. Though friends and relatives know that you work with the changing landscape of taxation, they often do not understand the complexities with which you have to deal, or the continuing education credits you are required to maintain.
Regardless of occupation, most people do not easily embrace change without engaging in some personal work. Remember that you have to give yourself time to adapt to challenging situations. Try to remain aware of yourself as you encounter unexpected changes.
Being Open to New Knowledge
Most people enjoy taking on new knowledge at the beginning of a career. You have probably heard someone say, “The best thing about this job is that every day is different and there are always new things to learn.” And yet, that enjoyment in learning skills can decrease over time. Changes in tax law can be subtle, arbitrary and of course, politically motivated. After being an accountant or CPA for years, learning new tax legislation may feel like a burden.
Everyone has off days, but it is important for a accountant not to let the idea of a boredom take root and grow. This can damage your interest in the field and your career potential in the long run. Instead, when you’re involved in training or continuing education, allot yourself some time, perhaps a day or two, to dislike your new course of study or something about it. Then be open to letting that go and embracing the new knowledge because you very well may have to explain the tax law changes to clients. Though we sometimes do feel reluctant to engage in study, the brain naturally responds to the stimulation of new material. Once you have freed yourself from your rut, you can once again find interest in the ever-shifting world of legislation.
One key to maintaining a healthy outlook on life is to provide yourself with an ongoing enhancement of knowledge. For an accountant who has not earned their CPA credential, becoming a CPA is the next step. For the already credentialed CPA, continuing professional education will help you grow in your knowledge base. Make sure you are not settling for a CPE program that creates frustration with confusing materials, unresponsive instructors or inflexible requirements. The program should help you to attain new knowledge with as much ease as possible. Any course or training program you partake in should match your learning style, give access to quality instructors and meet the needs of your daily schedule. In other words, the CPE program should work for you. Otherwise, growing as a professional feels like work instead of progress.
Taking on More with Ease
Personal growth can have a wonderful impact on your accounting career. It will help you achieve the trust of clients and co-workers, develop new advanced skill sets and face each day as a welcome opportunity. You know you are on the right track if your day to day activities start to feel enjoyable instead of tedious. You will receive positive confirmation during your day to day workings that your professional development is being noticed. You will starting getting more detailed questions from co-workers, managers, and even other departments. This is a sign that your employment with any given company, business, or firm is truly contributing a needed skill set.
Becoming a Better Person
Your professional career is something that you will be involved in until you retire. Thus, personal growth is necessary to help avoid day to day activities becoming trite. As for accountants, engaging in the actual process of preparing for the CPA exam starts with a CPA review program. Obtaining the CPA credential allows you to perform in more areas of finance, offers higher pay and compensation, and greater exposure in the field, and an all around expansion of professional knowledge.