Nisa Agrawal, Audit Senior Associate
I actually was not a big fan of math when I went through school. And as an auditor, I don’t really have to do complex math in my head. It definitely helps to understand math, but we typically do calculations in Excel due to the sheer volume of data we look at.
From my experiences, accounting is more than just numbers. You learn the theory about why accounts work the way they do, as well as learn the importance of properly classifying assets, liabilities and equity. What’s interesting about accounting is investors, banks, and other institutions rely on the financial statements issued by a company to determine the potential of that company.
I suggest taking an introductory course in accounting to see if you’re interested in the subject matter. Such a course will go over the basics of the different financial statements, but will also give you an idea of what’s in store for you should you decide to pursue a career in accounting.
One thing is for sure – accounting is not as black and white as solving an algebra equation! You’ll learn the importance of exploring ‘grey’ areas, and realize there is not always a right or wrong answer. It’s definitely an interesting experience!