My Job Choice (in Off-topic)

Gandalf March 30 2007 2:33 PM EDT

Just would like some people's views on the job im very convinced im going for when im older.The subjects which im good in at school are Maths, I.T and P.E.

I've had careers advice and they showed me Accountants they printed off numerous sheets and i read about it and it seemed good and i've read even more about it and im sure this is the right job for me.

So what do you think i could do with these 3 subjects? And what you think about Accountants. Also thank you for the advice and comments off of some people :)

GO PATS March 30 2007 2:38 PM EDT

Read a bunch of poker books and play poker for a living. Being good at math is very good for learning poker, and accounting is the most boring thing that was ever created and it will drain the life out of you.

Read these:

Theory of Poker (Sklansky)
Harrington on Hold 'Em Vol. 1, 2, & 3 (Harrington)
Super System Vol. 1 & 2 (Brunson & Many Others)

That'll give you a good start... if you're good at math, read them in that order... If you don't like Hold 'Em much, read Super System before Harrington on Hold 'Em.

When you are done with those I'll give you more.

[T]Vestax March 30 2007 2:38 PM EDT

Well, there always seems to be work for those in accounting.

AdminLamuness March 30 2007 2:40 PM EDT


You can become a Trainer!
With P.E. you can set up a huge obstacle course. Using Math, you can calculate all possible moves your trainees will make so you can toughen up your obstacle course. And with IT, depending on the field you're interested in, lace the course with crazy robots, lasers, death traps, or even an AI to make the course increasingly difficult to survive.

[T]Vestax March 30 2007 2:43 PM EDT

IT has nothing to do with AI. However, I life as a P.E. instructor does seem rewarding. You also get fresh air and exercise on a regular basis. Coaching can involve quite a bit of number crunching.

Gandalf March 30 2007 2:50 PM EDT

Yeah I did used to be in an athletics club, it was fun for like the begining then the actual training got really tough and it became winter and i didnt like training in the dark lol and it was soooo cold so i quit.

Im not sure id stick with coaching and i forgot to mention I wont a job with rewarding money hehe and accounts you get quite a nice salary so im told :)

Thank you for the posts heeh.

GO PATS March 30 2007 2:53 PM EDT

Also, my PE teacher did teach me a valuable lesson... I'll share it with you...

PE Teachers can drink while working and not get caught... A. You're outside, and the smell is dilluted. B. If the kids catch you, you can bribe them by telling them they can just play whatever game they want for an hour, and they'll think you're a "cool" teacher, not actually a "bad" teacher...


Shining Force March 30 2007 2:58 PM EDT

Well, I'm graduating next week with my AAS and continuing for a BS in Accountancy. If you enjoy numbers and working with them constantly, it's a great field. However, being good at math and enjoying it can be very different things, so make sure it's something you want to do for years to come.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] March 30 2007 2:59 PM EDT

Just don't get too into accounting before you reach College/Uni level.
I made the mistake of doing it at A Level (look up British exams if you don't know) and now I am coming up to my first year finals after learning practically nothing apart from in Law which shouldn't really be a compulsory module for us anyway.
I have been bored stiff from repeating almost everything I did in my 6th form that I just haven't had any motivation to do anything.
Don't get too disillusioned with any of it though, don't forget that the job itself will largely be ticking boxes and sitting at a desk all day. Unless you have real plans to gain the professional qualifications and work hard to move up the ladder quickly, becoming a manager or even a partner in a big company then accounts really isn't a career path that should be looked into.
At least in the industry there will be a nice fat paycheck to look forward to ;)

Gandalf March 30 2007 3:18 PM EDT

Yeah i will be doing it in 6 form, and straight from there i think im going to go university studying Accountancy, and yes i wouldn't be bothered ticking boxes at a desk all day lol and i like numbers etc and working maths out. :)

AdminG Beee March 30 2007 3:24 PM EDT

I have a good job. I'm paid above average and live in a fairly nice house, drive two cars and have a pretty reasonable standard of living. If I'm careful I can manage the mortgage, keep the kids in good clothes (not to mention wifey), pay my pension fund and just about scrape enough for a summer holiday of my choosing if I give up a few weekends out on the town.

My sister lives in a spectacular house looking over the beach, has 2 Jaguars and a Range Rover as well as a sports car that is only driven half a dozen times a year. She's in the Caribbean on a 3 week vacation right now in a top class hotel that she goes to every year. This is her first of 3 vacations that she takes every year to exotic parts of the world with her husband and daughter.

I work in the electronics industry. My sisters husband is an accountant. Go figure...

I'm not jealous though. After all, she's married to an accountant ;)

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] March 30 2007 3:27 PM EDT

So do I but as I said, doing it at A Level is a bad idea.
Only 6% of students in the UK get an A (that is the required level) and it doesn't matter if you don't do it as the universities go on the grades you get rather than the subjects you do.
I am at Plymouth Uni, only 3 of us have done Accounting before and all Uni's are required to teach at an extremely basic level in the first year.
It is also impossible to party all the time that you are doing sod all as you would need to have Bill Gates as your father to afford it ;)
The course has been so ridiculously boring and easy as a whole that I'm glad this years grades don't count to the overall grade as in a couple of modules I have either scraped a pass or am heading for a fail until retakes (those are either retarded core modules or my boring elective).

Gandalf March 30 2007 3:32 PM EDT

lol Beee :)

Zoglog i understand what you meen but i just want to get an understanding of it first, and as for the cost i will be getting uni free as the social services will pay for me as im adopted, so all money i earn at 15 having a part time job will all go to save up for them days to come, and yeah most cources at uni im guessing arent exactly pleasuring especially as you study them for 3-4 years lol.

QBsutekh137 March 30 2007 3:49 PM EDT

Don't forget that the world of accounting can mean far more than just being a "bookkeeper". There's Statistics, Actuarial Science, Finance, Economics, Sales, Insurance, etc. Getting a sound basis in accounting can be a lead-in to some of those other items. Accomplished actuaries make very good money.

And as someone has always said, there is generally always work in accounting provided you have a good work ethic (which goes pretty much for any job).

Gandalf March 30 2007 3:52 PM EDT

Yup Sut i'm not sure what part of the accountants i actually want right now, but the dealing with companies money was the part what inspired me the most, like finding out there income of the week/month thing. Thats what part i want. :)

And trust me im no lazy thing im constantly doing chores at home and take dogs 6-7 times AND i go school lol.
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