Accountants need career guidance
There’s a week for everything these days.
Anyhow, it seems appropriate that we announce this week, that we’ve formally signed an agreement with the Institute of Chartered Accountant’s in Ireland to provide career guidance services for their members. Yes, even very well paid Chartered Accountants seek career guidance advice. In one sense, when you’re earning great money and firmly on the upward rungs of the corporate ladder, it can be even more difficult to make a change. So far, this has been the main issue we’ve seen. No complaints about the often long working hours of accountants.
So, as it’s accountancy week here’s a link to a specialist blogs for accountants. I like this one Jobs in the money because it brings a wide variety of opinions together. Here’s an example
“And I don't much like the focus the Big 4 have these days on work-life-family balance and diversity. Not because I am against work, life or family or diversity, but because I think the job is one you choose and the rest is something that you implicitly agree to adjust in order to fit in and do the job well. If I wanted to be off during the summer, I would have been a teacher. If I wanted my team to not miss me when I'm out and clients to be able to live without me when I'm away, I would have become an assembly line worker, able to turn off my job when the whistle blows. If I wanted everyone I work with to know about, respect and celebrate my personal, sexual, and lifestyle choices I would have become a nun”
You can read the full post here
So, no namby pamby focus on work/life balance here. Simply accept the prevailing culture and fit in with the organisation. But surely there’s a balance between fitting in and looking for a life outside work?
Thankfully, the Big 4 are realising people now days want more than a corporate drone life, so in order to continue to attract the best people they have to focus on work-life-family diversity balance.
A very senior auditor friend of mine gets the summer off, because the firm want to retain her, plus there’s less client pressures at that period. The firm save on wage costs and retain a valued member of staff. If there’s a client issue, which needs her input, she’s contactable. A win win situation surely?
The legacy of our Celtic Tiger economy means highly qualified people can now call the shots more.
So with a little bit of innovative thinking, earning good money and working reasonable hours does not have to be an “either/ or” situation.
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