By Gianna Botti
As accounting professionals, when someone asks us what we do for a living, we cringe at the thought of the stranger on the other side of the conversation judging us based purely on a stereotypical portrayal of the “accountant”. When anyone outside of our profession defines an accountant, they probably think of a quiet, no personality number cruncher who sits alone in their cubicle all day staring at a tax return. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
First, not all accountants are tax accountants. Here’s a short list of some of the most important and quickly forgotten types of accountants: forensic accountants, government accountants, accounting consultants, and auditors.
I personally can’t elaborate on all the above, but I can focus on the auditing side of things. Auditors always get a bad reputation. A lot of people think auditors stick our noses into people’s business, tell them what they are doing wrong and then move on. Yes, we stick our noses in people’s business but we only do it because we’re required to, based on regulatory requirements. In performing our procedures, we make sure they’re presenting their financial statements based upon the latest standards and framework and provide recommendations on controls to improve business operations. They want their investors to know their money is being put to good use and their company’s performance is adequately represented by their financial statements. Investors are one of the key components of every company and audited financial statements can sway an investor’s opinion.
As a firm, we operate as any other office does. We get our work done but we also know how to have a good time. Our company values teamwork and finds that working in teams is the best way to get engagements done. Each audit team spends a decent amount of time together and creates bonds from the time spent together. When you first arrive at this firm, we come in as a class. Each class bonds extremely well creating a working environment where you have people that have your back. The firm has teambuilding events, holiday parties, and random days that are designated to help build morale — all reinforcing the idea that we are not as boring as the profession makes us seem.
Maybe next time someone asks us what we do, we can say we are exactly like Ben Affleck’s character Christian Wolff “un-cooking the books” of high profile organizations on a daily basis and helping to keep the world a better place!