“So really it’s a shame you didn’t do a degree in another subject to broaden your intellectual horizons. ie all you’re going to do now is study accountancy for another three years. I find the most interesting accountants and those with more to offer have studied for different degreees at uni.”
How is it shame on him/her for having a clear career goal as early as at Uni stage? Why would he/she mind doing accountancy for another 3 years? Assuming he/she is doing the qualifications means he/she chose accountancy career which goes beyond 3 year period - either in professional services, or otherwise.
Broaden horizons? Most accountants from non business degree background I talked to confessed that they did not see themselves doing what they studied because their course choice was random and not well thought through in the longer term. All that made them feel better than accounting students was conviction that their course was more “intellectual”.
- There is common misconception that accountancy is just about stupid number crunching. Totally neglecting the fact that accountants create rules that they use to govern themselves <sic!>, that it needs to shift with the social information needs etc.
2.If you look at the development of the profession then you will notice that e.g. what made Arthur Andersen fail was the recruitment policy that gradually paid less attention to attracting accounting students -those who had a deep understanding of what makes professional services legitimate from social point of view.
“Anyway, as you have a 1st in accountancy there will be high expectations from your peer group who will expect you to sail through, help them and get the class prize.”
After all, I would not care about the prize if I were you. Congratulations on 1st.