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Do you find accounting boring?

creamgethamoneycreamgethamoney Registered User Posts: 589 Member
edited March 2013 in Business Major
The title says it all. Do you find accounting boring both to study and or as a profession compared to finance?

And please, no a-counting your money jokes...
Post edited by creamgethamoney on

Replies to: Do you find accounting boring?

  • VectorWegaVectorWega Registered User Posts: 1,872 Senior Member
  • wordup142002wordup142002 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    well it depends on what accounting class it is. the bookkeeping and tax classes are boring as hell but the more analytical higher thing ones are just as good finance classes
  • hmom5hmom5 - Posts: 10,882 Senior Member
    Gosh yes!! Hated every accounting class I had to take. Loved finance in school and in my career. Would have peobably hung myself had I been forced to be an accountant.
  • sp1212sp1212 Registered User Posts: 795 Member
    I would probably hang myself if I had to be an Ibanker at a bulge bracket Investment Bank on Wall Street. I would turn into a Patrick Bateman. Ew.
  • 1337hax0r1337hax0r Registered User Posts: 357 Member
    good to see that i'm not alone. i'm just taking financial accounting in the b-school now as an undergrad engineer, and it makes me want to shoot myself. it started out okay, and i respect it as a highly-evolved man-made practice, but then i realized that it basically reduces to memorizing the "way things are done" with very little logical basis. easy A+, but god is it annoying. thanks hmom for the assurance that you can avoid accounting in the world of finance, it was turning me off from the field.
  • kmzizzlekmzizzle Registered User Posts: 1,248 Senior Member
    boring no
    boring as **** yes
  • creamgethamoneycreamgethamoney Registered User Posts: 589 Member
    LOL wow. Is there anyone who has had a positive experience in accounting? I'm going to an average state school and I hear that accounting is the only degree you should do, because otherwise you won't get a good job, so is accounting so unbearable that you just absolutely can't stand it? Also, how much worse off would I be with a finance/math major vs accounting/math in terms of getting a decent job (no I-banking but a decent job a a fortune 500 company)? Is there some other major I should look at within business or something that can get me a good job from an average school?
  • sp1212sp1212 Registered User Posts: 795 Member
    "I'm going to an average state school and I hear that accounting is the only degree you should do, because otherwise you won't get a good job"

    That's a myth, dude.

    A "good job" doesn't only have to be investment banking on Wall Street, dude.

    And instead of looking for a major that might get you a good job, you better look for a major that you like, dude.

    And if you didn't know already you might as well know now, some banks are also considered fortune 500 companies, dude.
  • VectorWegaVectorWega Registered User Posts: 1,872 Senior Member
    I'm going to an average state school and I hear that accounting is the only degree you should do, because otherwise you won't get a good job,

    Have you checked with the school's career services for avg starting salaries and common jobs/companies students are hired into? Have you contacted the career services and/or the college of business about this? Rather than simply "hearing" what people say, I would suggest taking initiative and doing some research into. Much of what you hear is BS.

    That being said, plenty of people enjoy accounting. The fact that a lot of people don't like accounting drives accounting salaries higher than they otherwise would be. That's a good thing if you enjoy it. One of the reasons actuaries get paid so much is because they do what most would view as amazingly boring work. However, those that enjoy it are doing quite well.
  • a_moma_mom Registered User Posts: 474 Member
    Couldn't agree more with VectorWega. Some colleges even posts those info in website, here's one link from a cal state school, find some data for your state college and do your own analysis
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,625 Senior Member
    I keep remembering the quote from my dad, " You will get rich if you do what most people won't be willing to do yet is still needed."

    Accounting is a very diverse field. To call all of accounting boring isn't giving credit where credit may be due. Accounting is much more than mere bookkeeping. It can involve tax planning and estate planning,which I find fascinating. It can involved forensic work, internal controlls consulting, auditing, accounting services, management consulting, human resource services, consultations for many endeavors such as mergers and acquisitions, litigation support, financial planning and much more.

    It is sad that folks judge accounting by the few intro accounting classes that they had without experiencing both what goes on at the upper level courses and what goes on in practice;however, personally, I liked financial accounting a lot... but maybe that's just me.
  • sp1212sp1212 Registered User Posts: 795 Member
    taxguy, what are the differences between introductory level accounting classes (intro to financial/managerial acct classes) and the upper level financial/managerial acct classes?
  • California-BoltCalifornia-Bolt Registered User Posts: 1,025 Senior Member
    I don't think the accounting classes are that bad, but I've only taken two so far.

    A friend of mine who will be starting at a Big 4 firm this fall once told me "if accounting was only what you learned in your books at school no one would want to do it." So yes, while the courses may be tedious, the career is much different, as it involves much client interaction.
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,625 Senior Member
    Sp1212, well I have had my accounting courses many years ago. Thus, take this answer with that in mind.

    Intro accounting is a broad overview to accounting. It can be very interestingly taught by focusing on forensics or by focusing on management accounting. If they focus on debits and credits ( where entries can be posted) that would be boring, and I hope that is not the focus of today's intro accounting courses. Certainly, what I am saying ( management accounting) did apply to the courses my son took.

    Upper level courses are very different. They get into a lot of specifics on journal entries and accounting principles. Tax courses are very different in that they cover internal revenue code information and there is no accounting entries noted at all. Advanced accounting dealt with currency changes and intercorporate accounting. Intermediate accounting was probably the hardest of all, other than tax. It dealt not only with sophisticated treatment of transactions from an accounting perspective but also dealt with financial topics such as present and future value caclulations.

    Accounting is actually very akin to studying law. There are a lot of principles that students need to learn and apply to practical problems, although there are few cases to analyze,which is the majority of what transpires in law school.

    Obviously, I am leaving a lot out,but I think you can get the jist.

    What the undergraduate courses didn't do when I was in school was focus on the more practical aspects ( and sometimes most interesting aspects) of accounting such as forensic analysis and tax planning, not to mention estate and gift planning. I do know that this is covered in some graduate programs.
  • sdmattsdmatt Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member
    marketing and management are way more boring than accounting imo
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