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!
About Mark Lee
Mark Lee works almost exclusively with savvy sole practitioners who want more out of their practice. More clients, more money, more time, more satisfaction - or everything!
An accountant by profession, Mark moved away from the provision of professional advice in 2006. He is now a professional speaker, mentor, facilitator, author and debunker.
Mark Lee is a realist and regularly debunks myths and hype related to his areas of interest and expertise. His keynote talk for audiences of accountants is How to STAND OUT and be more than 'just another accountant'.
Mark is passionate about helping accountants generally so is a keen blogger and commentator in the accounting and tax press. He is consultant practice editor of AccountingWEB and has written hudnreds of articles here that have been viewed over a million times.
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Mark stopped giving tax advice himself despite being a past Chairman of the Chartered Accountants’ Tax Faculty. He is however Chairman of the Tax Advice Network - the UK's highest ranked lead generation website for tax advisers and accountants. The network also publishes a weekly practical tax update for accountants in general practice and full tax support, on demand too. You can also use it as a lead generation resource for local people seeking tax advice from an accountant.