Mark Lee explores the options for accountants who are over the age of 50 – in the light of the recent ICAS letter that implied they are over the hill.
If I was still in practice, I too would have been insulted by the recent letter sent by ICAS to members of the Scottish body. See: ICAS tech letter shames over 50s.
I was shocked when I first read the letter titled “The only constant is change”. It was evidently written by someone with little experience of how older accountants work, what they can do and how easily they adapt to use new technology.
And, despite the title of the letter, the simple fact is that 50+ accountants have been coping with constant change throughout their careers.
Members of AccountingWeb have already had their say about the letter. So I am not going to comment on it in detail. Instead I will share my thoughts about 50+ accountants, as I find myself engaging with so many of them.
The stereotypical middle-aged accountant is a myth. Not least because we are all living longer and have more skills, talent and aptitude for technology than some younger people seem to assume. Yes, of course, some older accountants struggle with technology but the ICAS letter sets the bar far too young!