Accountants have the potential to achieve significant success in their careers. Some do, some struggle and most are somewhere in the middle.
Speaking to thousands of accountants here are 6 reasons why accountants want to climb the career ladder.
Reason 1: To Earn To Their Potential
The difference between those who get ahead and get stuck in their careers is significant. Of course financial reward sometimes requires some sacrifices. At the same time you don’t want your value to the business to be undermined.
Reason 2: To Get Access To More Interesting Work
In any job there is always going to be routine work. In the case of accountancy, month end reporting is one of the routine tasks. However, typically as you become more senior you get access to wider business projects that build you more skills and competencies.
Reason 3: To Have More Influence
In the early stages of your career you are very task focused. As you move into management and leadership roles you have a great span of influence.
Reason 4: More Personal Satisfaction
Everyone and accountants are no different gets a lot of personal satisfaction from moving on and moving up. We all to a greater or lesser extent motivated by achieving.
Reason 5: To Have Their Efforts Recognised
It is a slog for most to get professionally qualified in accounting. No one wants to expend all the time and money that it involves without getting the recognition that they deserve.
Reason 6: They See It As A Challenge
We all like a challenge. If we are not getting challenge, we are probably not growing and developing or getting the buzz we want.
The Bottom Line: Career success brings with it not just financial reward but personal satisfaction. At the same time it is vital that you understand what motivates you to climb the career ladder.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants to achieve more career success. He invites you to sign up for his free audio masterclass.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 7,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.