First off, an admission. I am an accountant. Trained with Ernst & Young and qualified in 1992. Been out of the profession since 1993 running businesses, but you needed to know this fact.
My mum loved this. Her boy was an accountant. Her friends understood what that meant. Back then (in the LAST century) being an accountant, banker, doctor, or lawyer was a big deal. It also meant that you could earn big bucks – that was the value that society placed on the “professions”.
However, this has never rested that easily with me. Accountants & bankers create NOTHING. They’re vital to a smooth running economy, don’t get me wrong, but without entrepreneurs, without those that take risks and CREATE the wealth, then there’s nothing for them to count!
Now, I’ve been out of the accountancy profession for 15 years, running businesses. This means that I get paid whatever the business can afford, not what the “going rate” for an accountant is. If my business does well, so do I. If not, then I suffer too. That’s what being an entrepreneur, a risk-taker is all about.
I have a big beef just now about how much graduates earn. In my business we need to hire trainee accountants. The salaries that we have to pay in Aberdeen for a graduate trainee accountant is far in excess of what an art or design graduate earns. In some cases by as much as 50%. That’s ridiculous!
Society STILL values the “professional” higher than the creative, but I think that’s WRONG. Times have changed. They’ve moved on, and it’s now time for these roles to be rewarded on the basis of the vaue that they create, not on the basis of some archaic logic.
C’mon folks, let’s get this sorted!