Accountant: noun; refers to a person who does tax filing, who wears old-fashioned clothes, who walks with clacking and pointy shoes, and who does not mingle with other people. An accountant is today’s manifestation of the Men (and Women) in Black, dealing with complicated stuff like bookkeeping, taxation and auditing. As it may seem to be, accountants are branded and compared to a cellphone’s sound profile—all alerts off. “Highly intellectual”, “reserved” and “critical” are some the expected views about accountants. Accountants are the heirs of Fibonacci’s and Euler’s mathematical ingenuity. Complex math problems won’t bother them. However, do you think you’ve got them all figured out? No, you don’t. But fret no more! Here are six popular notions about accountants. See if you can relate to these myths that will change your views forever.

We are not accustomed in fashion. Old men’s pointy shoes, long sleeves, a golden watch, and a Jose Rizal hairstyle are some of the things that most people describe to an accountant’s sense of fashion. As hilarious as it may sound, they also speak Prada. Female accountants feel like hitting the runway wearing a Narciso Rodriguez coat and a Chanel bag. What could be more astounding if partnered with shoes like Jimmy Choos? Since offices are air-conditioned, a Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein eau de parfum scents will really give your office an instant air freshener. Accountants are also fashionable. They also know the latest trends of the fashion world.

We are not good at socializing. Accountants are the best talkers when it comes to business deals and loan application. Companies would lose large amounts of money without accountants. Who will do the bargaining in signing up for loans? Sending staff accountants will only lead to disaster. They might end up signing a contract that stockholders are liable to pay if the corporation can’t. Why not send accountants instead? They’ve got more guts, more bargaining power and more wit to outsmart bank tellers.

We are old-fashioned. Accountants are also acquainted with technology. If you think they cocoon themselves in the corner with their lovely abacus for calculating, then think again! With the birth of cloud accounting to speed up the processing of accounting and business information, accountants make use of these pieces of technology to reduce human error and give accountants more time to relax.

Our job is boring. Can one call it a boring job if the company will provide you a phone, a car and a cozy office plus a personal secretary? It would be tastier if the company offers free food to its employees. Paid business trips, personal allowance and an assistant are some of the benefits that companies give to accountants. Thus, does it still call for a boring job?

We do algebra, calculus, trigonometry, geometry and all kinds of –try in mathematics. I can hear CPAs laughing right now. Is debiting the value of x raised to 3 divided by its reciprocal equal to its book value? Accountants will laugh at that question. Accountants don’t mess with algebra. In accounting, there will be no x finding y.

We only do simple addition and subtraction. Saying “accounting is just simple addition and subtraction” will send you the nearest funeral parlor. In reality, accounting requires pure analysis and application of the rules and principles. Analysis of financial statements and business status is necessary for decision making. Respect accountants because their job is not easy.

Still frightened or enlightened? The job is hard but rewarding. Hard work will pay off in the future. As an accounting student, I testify to all of these myths. Let us not categorize accountants by judging the way they act or socialize. It’s just that business is very crucial that it needs serious people to deal with its goals.

Six myths about accountants have been demystified. These myths branded accountants into something they aren’t. Known as very organized individuals, accountants also have their own creative expression of life. After all, being an accountant entitles one to a distinct career path; a career path that restraints them from other earthly desires. Nevertheless, one’s worth is not defined by his or her actions but on how he or she deals with life’s challenges.

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