Even if you’ve never opened a spreadsheet, you might be surprised to find how well your strengths fit with what accountants do.
Here are 10 key traits of successful accountants.
1. They like puzzles. Do you enjoy piecing together jigsaw puzzles or figuring out riddles? You might secretly be an accountant. Whether conducting an audit, working through corporate taxes or just figuring out the right way to handle a particular transaction, accountants solve puzzles.
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2. They can explain complicated concepts in simple ways. If you’ve ever written a paper about a Bronte novel, boiling down a complex piece of literature into a simple and clear argument, you may have what it takes to be an accountant. Accountants must be able to succinctly summarize and communicate complex ideas in simple, easy-to-understand language.
3. They like working in teams. If you enjoyed group projects, have ever been a member of a sports team or have done volunteer work, you know how fun it is to achieve a goal with group. Accounting is a team sport.
4. They keep looking until they find the answer. Sometimes the first place you look doesn’t have the answer. If you’ve spent hours in the library or on the Internet tracking down facts and data for research papers, you’d probably be a good accountant.
5. They like learning about new people, places and things. When you arrive in a new place, is your first instinct to explore? Life as an accountant means you’re always learning about something new — whether it’s the ins and outs of a new client in the international fashion industry or a new city you’ve just relocated to.