First of all, because, at that time, this is the only
profession I know. Both of my parents are accountants. My sister and some of my
aunts, uncles, cousins and even in-laws are accountants. Majority of my
parents' friends are accountants. So, in short, this was the only world I know.
Second of all, it was a good idea as any. Since I didn't
know my own mind, I decided this course was as good as any. Never really
imagined what I was getting into and, come to think of it, I never really
thought to ask my parents what this profession entails. Although with them
being biased for accounting, they would have told me the positive side and not
much on the negative side.
Third, because I chose my university first before I chose
this course. Honestly speaking, I don't know why. All I know is that I wanted
so badly to study in my chosen university here that I told myself whatever
course they placed me after the entrance examination, as long as it's in my
chosen university, that will be my course. And since I was placed in the accounting
program, that is the course I enrolled in and stayed in until I graduated from
Fourth, because I enjoyed the number-crunching side. Okay,
I'm not good in Math (this one is reserved for my brother who graduated with a
B. S. Math degree). But heck, I enjoyed the number-crunching stuff. Some of my
highest grades in college were in those that entailed a lot of calculations.
Plus, the field I am in right now is also into calculations and analysis. So,
I'm in good company.
Fifth, it's a 'practical' course. I can just hear my father
(God bless his soul) telling me - take up accounting because you will get a lot
of work after college. Of course, being a dutiful daughter, I took him up on
his advice. And I found out that he was right. There are a lot of choices out
there. There's auditing. There's finance. There's tax accounting (although I
really hated this part). There's the analysis part. There's government
accounting and private accounting. There's the public practice (auditors,
accountants and bookkeepers) and there's the private sector accounting. Even in
this recession, there is still work for us accountants. Practical? Definitely,
Sixth, because it's dynamic. If you're an accountant, your
knowledge is not static (unless you want it to be). In fact, we're required to
have a continuing professional education even after we get our licenses. Plus,
lately, the profession has been going through a lot of changes, from the
accounting standards, to the auditing standards, to taxes, to professional
requirements, etc., etc. Believe me, if you want to exercise your minds,
accounting is definitely one way to do it.
Seventh, because I love studying various businesses. Being
an accountant, and one in the public practice at that, I get to be exposed to a
lot of businesses and study them. The math, the calculations - all of these are
actually becoming automatic. But learning about your clients' businesses and
applying what you learned in accounting for their transactions, now that's
something else. Through this course, I have learned a lot of things about
businesses that I know I won't learn if I took on another (non-related) field
(unless, of course, I enter into business myself).