Monday, November 4, 2013
Go back to Uni, they said ... it'll be fun, they said...
Okay, maybe I'm overstating it just a tad. I'm not exactly panicking yet ... I'm sure that will happen sometime on Tuesday morning ... but I am starting to get worried. Why did I decide to study accouning? Why couldn't I choose a nice, safe postgrad in ancient history or anthropology or archaeology?
But no, I had to decide that if I was going to make my career in finance, which given that I've been working in the field for 18 year seems pretty likely, it might be a good idea if I actually had some qualifications. I know, I'm full of kooky ideas like that.
Now I'm no stranger to mature age tertiary education. I did my archaeology degree while I was working full time, so I know all about having to juggle work and study and how to make use of the company photocopiers. Back then I could do my readings before work started, jot off an essay in my lunch break, and barely break a sweat.
But a postgrad in accounting? That's a whole other kettle of fish.
Last time around I was studying a history based course, which pretty much meant I spent all my time reading stories and then bullshitting essays based on what I read. I was good at that! Hell, I'm sure any blogger out there could cruise their way through a history based degree on the power of their bullshitting skills alone.
But I can't do that with this course. This time I can't rely on a half assed knowledge of the facts and a better than average vocabulary to get me by. This time I actually have to STUDY stuff!
I know, the sheer nerve!
Oh well, I guess I should just suck it up and keep at it.
But seriously, how the hell does one do a Cashflow Statement anyway? Because as far as I can tell the numbers make about as much sense as if they'd been pulled out of one of those rolling bingo cages at random.
I just wonder if they'll provide the bingo cage in the exam or if I have to supply my own.