Member Since: 11th Jul 2013
11th Jul 2013
Bookkeeping experience better than qualifications?
Just had to say this to those unqualified 'professionals' who keep criticizing newly qualified bookkeeper and/or accountants on their 'lack' of experience.
For starters; in an accounting qualification you do have to have a minimum of 2-years professional training on the job BEFORE you become a fully qualified accountant or bookkeeper. E.g. the ICB requires 5-years experience before they allow a bookkeeper become a fellow member. That means that any fully qualified accounting professional will have a fair amount of experience too!
Secondly; I cannot begin to tell you how many times I've been called to correct mistakes from a so called 'experienced' bookkeeper who thinks they know what they are doing and messes up the Balance Sheet -for example- when they're supposed to be working on day-books because they insist they are entitled to work at management accounting level since they've been working in accounts for over 20-years, same old, same old. They think they're a one-horse-race but what they really are is admin clerks with GAPS in their knowledge because they are self-taught and badly at best.
And those criticizing how easy it is to get a bookkeeping qualification so they don't do it because they have nothing to prove, I would say; you don't do it because you can't be bothered to put in the work and learn all those things you don't know but have been pretending that you do for years!
The newly qualified professionals not only are up-to date skills wise they also bring fresh ideas into a department. It is call innovation people! You should learn from them and leave management accounting to the professionals.