Deciding whether a Master of Accountancy is right for you

You must be crazy to even consider earning a Masters Degree in Accounting today. With so many other career opportunities you have to be kidding me. Think about it. Do you have any idea what your life will be like once you achieve this diploma of desolation? Have you even considered what a day in the life of an accountant is like? Probably not. If you are like most college students you are dazzled by the professional titles accountants hold or the money they make or the job security or whatever! These things don’t measure up to the price you’ll pay each boring day after day working a dull job. And that’s my point. Accounting is for schmoes. Sure it’s a necessary evil in business and an important function. But who really wants to do or even teach accounting? I’ll tell you who: suckers. Suckers that forgot to take inventory of their interests. Where on anyone’s list of interests is accounting? Nowhere! Nobody wants to do accounting. We do it because we have to. My advice to you is let someone else do it. If you are at a point in your life where you are considering a Masters Degree in a field of study why don’t you look around first? Don’t pursue something that you are going to have to do each day that isn’t fun. You have all the opportunity in the world right now. Don’t blow it. You can be an actor, or an artist, or a writer, or some other interesting character. But you say to me: “It’s too difficult to be successful in those fields.” Well I say SCREW SUCCESS for now. Don’t pursue it. It’s an illusion. Pursue happiness instead. What will make you happy? I’d bet my life it isn’t accounting. See, people pursue accounting because they are really pursuing success. Then they make the mistake of mixing up success with happiness. They believe if they are “successful” they will be happy. I have spoken with numerous business professionals who were swept away by the corporate faade of a happy life. Some saw their peers climbing the corporate ladder and they didn’t want to be left behind. Others followed their parent’s advice and went after that age old myth of job security. In all these cases these individuals forgot to do one thing: they forgot to realize what they like doing and what truly makes them happy. Instead they followed the herd into the employment slaughter house. Now that they have graduated college and have landed their supposed dream job I ask them one question: Are you happy? The answer is most always no. Sure, the herd has a comfortable living but the pay only feeds some of their material desires and feeds them so they may return to the nightmare at eight the next morning. And that’s how it works. If you make a mistake now while you are planning your life ahead, you will regret that mistake every god forsaken day you sit and crunch numbers as an accountant or some other uninteresting profession the business world would like us all to rot doing. But I’ll give you a break from ridicule now since you’re all gung ho about achieving the Master of Accountancy. Just do me a favor and talk to a few people in the field first. Find out if they’re happy. Find out if you could do what they do day in and day out for the rest of your life. Then do like I did when I was like you – change majors.