Accounting career


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Trudy

Hi, I am about to graduate from a community college in May and am quite
nervous about what field I should go into. I am hard of hearing-in
which I mean I do not want to have to answer phones, deal with
customers all day. I do not want any "major" accounting job with "great
responsibility." In short, I want to just have my job and do it. I am
interested in payroll.
My worry is that I didn't get much 'learning' in payroll. An other
concern is that I'm scared of not knowing what to do when/if I get a
job. What area should I consider getting into for starters, where I can
'learn.' I have a hard time remembering everything and it seems like
you should remember everything, but have been told that every business
has their own way of doing things and that they will show you what to
do and that it will come back to me as I go along.
Any tips and/or advice would be welcome.
Thanks, Trudy
 
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Joe Canuck

Trudy said:
Hi, I am about to graduate from a community college in May and am quite
nervous about what field I should go into. I am hard of hearing-in
which I mean I do not want to have to answer phones, deal with
customers all day. I do not want any "major" accounting job with "great
responsibility." In short, I want to just have my job and do it. I am
interested in payroll.
With both Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable you will be dealing
with customers external to the organization you work for.

With Payroll, you will be dealing with internal customers... those other
employees who have questions/requests/issues with their paycheque or
related issues.

It is very rare the job where you will NOT have to interact with
customers (internal or external) in some form or another.
My worry is that I didn't get much 'learning' in payroll. An other
Payroll isn't difficult, but as with most things in accounting it does
demand attention to detail... otherwise you WILL hear from the irate
employee whose paycheck you screwed up. :)
concern is that I'm scared of not knowing what to do when/if I get a
job. What area should I consider getting into for starters, where I can
'learn.' I have a hard time remembering everything and it seems like
you should remember everything, but have been told that every business
has their own way of doing things and that they will show you what to
do and that it will come back to me as I go along.
Any tips and/or advice would be welcome.
Thanks, Trudy
Lots of folks new to accounting end up spending a fair chunk of their
time doing filing, no interaction required there.

Not much interaction required when entering source document financial
data into the 'books' either.

Also not a whole lot of interaction required when using a spreadsheet to
analyze/crunch the numbers.
 
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Gregory L. Hansen

Hi, I am about to graduate from a community college in May and am quite
nervous about what field I should go into. I am hard of hearing-in
which I mean I do not want to have to answer phones, deal with
customers all day. I do not want any "major" accounting job with "great
responsibility." In short, I want to just have my job and do it. I am
interested in payroll.
My worry is that I didn't get much 'learning' in payroll. An other
concern is that I'm scared of not knowing what to do when/if I get a
job. What area should I consider getting into for starters, where I can
'learn.' I have a hard time remembering everything and it seems like
you should remember everything, but have been told that every business
has their own way of doing things and that they will show you what to
do and that it will come back to me as I go along.
Any tips and/or advice would be welcome.
Thanks, Trudy

They know what to expect from a new graduate of a community college, so
don't worry about not knowing the way they do things when they hire you.
 
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Joe Canuck

Gregory said:
They know what to expect from a new graduate of a community college, so
don't worry about not knowing the way they do things when they hire you.
....which is often why they end up in the records room filing.

:-D
 
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Trudy

lol.......that's cute....Liked that. I do not want alot of 'extreme'
responsibility...most especially right off. I just started just over a
week ago a PT temporary job filling in for a bookkeeper...and the
director is not familiar with the Quickbooks. The bookkeeper was the
one who did everything and I'm lost as nobody to teach me. I took QB's
but her setup is done differently. Which is fine. But would have been
nice to have been shown the ropes. I want to to learn....want some
experience! . But I guess I will as time goes by. But thanks for the
input both you (Joe and Gregory) gave me. I appreciate it. I'll have to
keep up with this mailing list. It's neat. HAPPY EASTER!

btw-love the quote......"He who sees business in business is a fool."
 
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Joe Canuck

Trudy said:
lol.......that's cute....Liked that. I do not want alot of 'extreme'
responsibility...most especially right off. I just started just over a
week ago a PT temporary job filling in for a bookkeeper...and the
director is not familiar with the Quickbooks. The bookkeeper was the
one who did everything and I'm lost as nobody to teach me. I took QB's
but her setup is done differently. Which is fine. But would have been
nice to have been shown the ropes. I want to to learn....want some
experience! . But I guess I will as time goes by. But thanks for the
input both you (Joe and Gregory) gave me. I appreciate it. I'll have to
keep up with this mailing list. It's neat. HAPPY EASTER!

btw-love the quote......"He who sees business in business is a fool."
That situation you describe is not ideal from someone starting out as
you are flying along by the seat of your pants with no guidance.

They should have had you in the office for a few days before the regular
bookkeeper left so that person could show you the ropes... if that would
have been possible.

It is always hard starting out with something new, hang in there.
 
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mrs. eliza humperdink

I reccommend getting a governemnt job. they can't fire anybody no
matter how incompetent you are, so it appears you would be a great fit.
Try the IRS.
 
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Joe Canuck

mrs. eliza humperdink said:
I reccommend getting a governemnt job. they can't fire anybody no
matter how incompetent you are, so it appears you would be a great fit.
Try the IRS.
I recommend you just get a job.
 
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mrs. eliza humperdink

I recommend pretending to be an illegal alien. Every illegal alien can
get a job.
 
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Joe Canuck

mrs. eliza humperdink said:
I recommend pretending to be an illegal alien. Every illegal alien can
get a job.
I recommend you start being an illegal alien... emphasis on the alien part.
 
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RidgemontRat77884

Joe said:
I recommend you start being an illegal alien... emphasis on the alien part.
Eliza, don't even listen to Joe Canuck. That guy's a cock.

Ignore him.
 
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Holly J. Sommer

Eliza, don't even listen to Joe Canuck. That guy's a cock.

Ignore him.
Hahaha. The Rat's found a friend in the blowhard. This is funny.
 
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Joe Canuck

Holly said:
Hahaha. The Rat's found a friend in the blowhard. This is funny.
They have both found homes in my filters. :-D

I hope they like running around inside the wheel.
 
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mrs. eliza humperdink

start at the bottem of the barrel: get a job as joe canuck's
supervisor.
 
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RidgemontRat77884

What a big baby Canuck is. He insults others, than can't take it when
he gets insulted himself, so he has to "filter" the people who said
something to him.

Too bad he can't do that in real life. Than again, that's probably why
Canuck went into accounting in the first place.

I correct myself. Canuck is not a cock.

That guy is a pussy!
 
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Stirrer

Hope you're in the job by now - only just found the thread you began. May I
offer a pointer?

When leanring to use a system for someone else (i.e. you new employer)
ALWAYS SAVE A BACKUP! (That's not meant to come across as a shout - just a
Lot of Emphasis there!)

Make a back-up before you start doing anything, and another backup after you
finish for the day. Make sure the backup file is named for the date and
time-of-day, and is saved somewhere separate from the master, Saved file.
Let your bosses/supervisors know you're doing it, and why - to enable you to
restore the main file back to a state prior to a cock-up (excuse the
expression, but if you've ever done one, you'll perhaps appreciate that
sometimes it is the Only fitting word! LOL)



Hope This Helps?

.... >I have a hard time remembering everything and it seems like
 
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Joe Canuck

Stirrer said:
Hope you're in the job by now - only just found the thread you began. May I
offer a pointer?

When leanring to use a system for someone else (i.e. you new employer)
ALWAYS SAVE A BACKUP! (That's not meant to come across as a shout - just a
Lot of Emphasis there!)

Make a back-up before you start doing anything, and another backup after you
finish for the day. Make sure the backup file is named for the date and
time-of-day, and is saved somewhere separate from the master, Saved file.
Let your bosses/supervisors know you're doing it, and why - to enable you to
restore the main file back to a state prior to a cock-up (excuse the
expression, but if you've ever done one, you'll perhaps appreciate that
sometimes it is the Only fitting word! LOL)
Very good point.

Might want to check with IT as well, if there is an IT dept. They may be
doing the backups. If so, find out exactly what gets backed up, when the
backup gets done, how often, and how long the backups are retained.
 
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mrs. eliza humperdink

if you are pretty, you can get away with a lot more with a new
employer, so dress in small black cocktail dress and wear long
eyelashes.
 
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Trudy

hmmm have to remember about wearing that little black dress.....and of
course have to bat my long eyelashes at the boss. lol

sorry I hadn't been on in a while. But will have to most def. pop in
from time to time now.
speaking of gov job...'would 'luv' one'......anybody offering me a job?
y'all are all 'fun' to read your replies. keep it up :)
Trudy
ps...any new quotes?
 
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mrs. eliza humperdink

would you like to work as a cashier at the post office? all you have
to do is pass the post office test and get on the long wait list.
 

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