Accounting opportunities call on a variety of different hard and soft skills. There is maths, economics, and law on one side, but also communication and people skills on the other. Accountancy is highly analytical, but also relies on your ability to relay these findings to clients and colleagues.
In junior accounting jobs and jobs for accounting graduates with no experience, some responsibilities will be more introductory. Expect shadowing and mentoring to help you get to grips with the industry. Do not fear that you’ll be thrown straight into the deep end, or that you’ll be expected to perform tasks that are exceedingly stressful or difficult. There will still be challenges in less senior positions, but you’ll be given space to grow into the role. However, in providing support to senior staff, Junior Accountants end up getting involved with exciting parts of accountancy. This can include reviewing company expenditures, preparing projection reports, and even liaising with auditors. So, just because the junior accounting roles are more introductory, it does not mean you’ll be bored or left unchallenged.
Ultimately, when you are starting out in an accounting graduate role, the expectation is for you to be finding your feet. Employers will give you the space to learn the ropes and become make the gradual step up into more demanding positions. Careers in accounting are varied and don’t necessarily look the same as each other. You will learn your strengths and weaknesses, and begin to shape a path that suits you.