By Ruoro Kairu
Accounting books provide the basis for a business’ decisions. By reviewing a company’s books, you’ll also be able to measure how healthy a business is, what products are thriving, the ones that need support, and the ones the company should do away with.
As such, an accountant holds an important role in any organization.
If you wish to become an accomplished accountant, there are certain skills you’ll need to boost. These skills range from practical to soft skills.
I spoke to a chief accountant at a manufacturing company and two senior accountants about what you need to succeed in accounting; here is what they had to share;
1. Strong organization skills
An accountant must keep up with all the data, figures, and paperwork on a daily basis. This information is ever changing. To be good at your job, you ought to keep up with all this information. Additionally, you should organize it in a manner you can later refer to.
“To succeed as an accountant, you need to be very organized. Aside from being able to find your work, you should ensure another person can easily go through your work without your having to be there.” says Peter, a senior accountant with over 12 years’ experience.
2. Attention to detail
“As a professional, you should not make a mistake. In most cases, a mistake could significantly change how the company works. In accounting, even the smallest mistake can cost the company. A decimal point in the wrong place can lead to a lawsuit.” continues Peter.
In accounting, your attention to detail will help you succeed. Not only are you expected to be attentive and detailed in your work, but an employer also expects you to see an error from afar.
3. Technical accounting skills
“To date, there are accountants who do not know how to file taxes. Granted, it is not something taught in schools. But when you join the job market, every employer needs you to know these skills. It is upon you, as a professional to enroll in a practical accounting training.” shares James, a chief accountant at an FMCG company.
4. Ethics and moral standing
Every year, there seems to be a financial scandal involving an accountant directly or indirectly.
If you wish to succeed as an accountant, you should be ethical in all your dealings. Your employer might not have the time or technical skills to look at every action you make. However, every action you take shall have an after effect. When you’re diligent and honest in your role, your career thrives.
Becoming a great accountant takes time, skills and practice. When you work on the above skills, you’ll increase your chances of getting a job as an accountant or growing to the next level.
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