Stories about accounting and tax firms having trouble finding help seem to be popping up everywhere . Also, I pick up a lot of chatter about it on #TaxTwitter. It has even invaded my home. The firm that I consult for occasionally has recruited my covivant Evie as a remote preparer. After we withdrew from the boutique practice that capped our careers, she kept her family and friends freebie 1040 practice. Even the freebie practice has grown as the first of ten grandchildren got her first W-2 last year.
So when my high school friend called me and told me that his 25 year old son who had gone from a bachelors in something or other to a series of low level food service jobs was contemplating a masters in accounting, I was enthusiastic. For a long time I have held the view that accounting probably gives a young person the best bang for their educational buck.
My buddy had a request though that intimidated me. He wanted me to tell the kid what it was like to be an accountant. When I thought about it, I realized I didn’t have much of a clue as to what it is like to be an entry level accountant. I started thinking about what it was like when I started and how irrelevant that experience seems. Nonetheless, I do have an idea that those of you scrambling to find help might want to consider and it arises from my memories of the old days.