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Old 05-18-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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As a recruiter I get a chance to talk to hundreds of people every year about their career. One of the questions I ask everyone is why they chose their specific career. I am surprised at the answer most people give me. Most people say they chose a specific career is because someone in the family was in that field or that they thought there was lots of jobs in the field.

Recently we interviewed countless people for a number of Accounting positions. I asked everyone why they chose Accounting as a career. Most said they chose that career because there were lots of jobs. I followed up and asked them if they felt they had a talent in the type of skills that an Accountant would need to do their job well. Most did not give me a straight answer. In other words a good percentage of people chose a career because of family history or expected opportunity, not because of any real interest or talent.

In today's tough economic time are the people who are in a field who do not have a natural talent in that type of work going to survive?

How about you, do you have a unique talent or aptitude in your career?
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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How about you, do you have a unique talent or aptitude in your career?
My working life to date has spanned almost five decades, I've worn several different and diverse hats during that time and a couple more changes might come about before I kick the bucket. Who knows? To answer the question, yes. Each venture and every job has been and continues to be a learning experience and I've never taken on a new learning experience or profession which didn't appeal to me for one reason or another. To paraphrase a quote from an anonymous author which appealed to me many years ago and still does, "The isness of things is well worth knowing but the whyness is what makes life interesting." One life is all we have, after all!
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Old 05-18-2009, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I started working at grocery stores after someone mistook me for an employee...said I "looked" like I worked there. So I look the part, eh?
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:02 PM
 
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In my 25+ years of employment I have always worked as a writer/editor in some dimension. I was an English/Communications major in college and have worked as a PR account executive, magazine editor, corporate communications professional, freelance writer and now a health communications specialist for a govt contractor.

I was told I should be/would be a writer from the time I was 10 years old and won a school poetry competition. I guess I am lucky that I found my calling.

Although I will admit...I don't really enjoy writing all that much. I just happen to be good at it.
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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I kind of wonder what you mean by unique or natural talents for accountants.

Who cares what their motivation for entering the field? It's no big secret, people enter accounting because you are pretty much guaranteed a job upon graduation, it requires no sales or IT proficiency, and gives you a good overall background to do something else in business if you don't like accounting. What's wrong with that? The kids with family in the profession have an edge because they kind of know what to expect.

Your candidates not knowing what makes a good accountant or highlighting their skills is the problem, not their motivation for why they entered the profession.

By the way, most of what I would consider essential skills for accountants, almost none of them I would consider "natural talents," as all of them can be learned and developed over time (i.e. organization, meeting budgets and deadlines, proficiency with accounting standards, familiarity with information systems, working well in teams, leadership, problem solving, staying current, project management skills, business generation, etc.).

If a person said to me that they became an accountant because they were always an organizational wizard (as evidenced by their status of entertainment chair of their sorority) and knew that accounting was a field that this skill was valued, I'd try not to snicker.
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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Although I will admit...I don't really enjoy writing all that much. I just happen to be good at it.
That's exactly where I am right now. I'm good at finding things, bargaining, haggling etc. so I'm in purchasing and procurement. I may not like it all that much, but I'm really good at it. Luckily for me, it's a very specialized 'hands on' field and you can't learn everything in school.
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I kind of wonder what you mean by unique or natural talents for accountants.
The general question at the end of the post wasn't about accountants. The OP used an accountant position just as an example.
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:25 PM
 
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Why do I do this? Three reasons: the pay is good, the scenery changes, and they let me use explosives.
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Why do I do this? Three reasons: the pay is good, the scenery changes, and they let me use explosives.
Arf arf.
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Central Ohio
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I was a flight instructor/charter pilot when I was younger and while I didn't make much of an income it sure was fun.

But getting married brought me to where I had to get serious about income and one of my student pilots owned a fire protection company and here I am.

40 years later and I still fly for fun but not a living. Thank God.

I've known a number of flight instructors over the years that left that profession to get into something more lucrative presented by one of their student pilots. Flying is not the hobby for the weak of wallet, it is expensive so most of your student pilots are as well off as your flight instructors are poor. You sit with someone in an airplane long enough helping a successful person realize their childhood dream and if you show interest in something different you will get some sort of an offer from most of them.
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