So there you have the burning question. If you were to play a game of word association and use the word accountant, there is a very strong chance that the most popular reply coming back would be ‘boring’ (I know, I’ve tried it).
Now let’s be honest, our profession does have an image problem to the extent that we even call ourselves accountants and business advisers to make us sound more interesting. But why have we got this unfortunate image? Well it has to be said that there are certain members of our profession who do very little to dispel this myth but some of us do our best.
I think it comes down to the fact that some of what we do is, yes its boring, but some of it really isn’t. The unfortunate thing is that unlike lawyers for example, what we do that is interesting is really only of interest to the specific client and to us. Whereas with a lawyer, it’s exciting and dangerous. Its murder, its assault, its fraud. Now HMRC might be a bit prickly on occasions, but they aren’t mass murderers (as far as I’m aware). Having said that, with some of their new powers maybe the death penalty isn’t that far away!
To prove my point we have all seen plenty of films and drama’s set in a legal office, Silk, Boston Legal, Ali McBeal etc. How many have you ever seen set in an accountancy practice??? Exactly.
But to the clients we help it is important, and dare I say it, interesting because it affects their lives, often in just as big a way.
All we can really do is do what we do, do it well, make a difference to those people that we are working for and try desperately to be a little bit interesting when we do it.
Surely that isn’t beyond us?
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