I’m a bookkeeper for an NGO. Because of my competence and capabilities, I’m often asked, why I don’t study to become an accountant.
The answer is simple; I don’t want to.
Back in high school (3000 years ago), I didn’t know what I wanted to do after I matriculated. Everyone assumed I’d go into the field of arts but I needed a career that would guarantee me an income. After an extremely boring experience during ‘work shadow’, the one thing I did know was that I didn’t want to be stuck in an office. At the last-minute I applied at CPUT to study horticulture, second choice being nature conservation. One year later, I dropped out because:
a) it was more scientific (and mechanical!) than just a bunch of hippies sitting around a tree they just planted singing Kumbaya. I mean why would you need to know how the pistons in a lawn mower worked for goodness sake. I have a mechanic on speed dial, hellooo.
b) I was allergic to every plant I walked by and every grain of soil I touched.
The following year I spent 6 months off, lets call it a Gap Year. July I was offered a job, I wasn’t even looking for one but I went for an interview and the lady didn’t even want to see my CV. I guess she liked what she saw or she was desperate, she wanted me to start the next Monday. She taught me everything I needed to know and sent me on a part-time course for Basic Bookkeeping. I’m a fast learner when it comes to Software so learning the program was as easy as WordPress. Despite all the free education I was grateful for, I still after 2.9 years felt I needed to get out of there. The environment was very strict and I started to hate every minute, going to the bathroom was like being saved from suffocation.
The job I applied for during that time, didn’t come through but I was lucky enough to be referred by the agent to another job. This job is a 15 minute drive away from home and I have bigger responsibilities, a better salary and it’s a better environment to be in.
So here I sit in the office, I never wanted to be in, completely content with my current job. I don’t make mega bucks and yes I know I can do the accountant’s job, but do I want to?
I looked at part-time courses yesterday, it seems a natural way to progress in my career but honestly, I’m not passionate enough to study the subject. Even if I did, there’s not enough time in the day as it is. Maybe when my bambino is a bit older and I’m not using him as an excuse but for now I’m happy being just a bookkeeper.