@parzival-s Parzival S. My name is Parzival Sattva and I'm glad to see that accounting is a subject that may, some day, become a Socratic subject.
My background in accounting is pretty comprehensive. I have a Masters of Accountancy from Golden Gate University (as well as a Masters of Science in US Taxation). Beyond that, I was a Certified Public Accountant in California and also a Chartered Accountant in British Columbia.
I worked at several different places - a few CPA firms (usually small, boutique firms), a credit card company (where I did securitization accounting which is a very different animal from the run-of-the-mill accounting), a mutual fund company, and finally had my own small business for a few years.
As for why accounting should be on Socratic - accounting as a subject is not one that gets much attention or focus. It's not usually an academic subject that gets highlighted, nor is it, in the world of business subjects, sexy (unlike, say, finance, which tends to attract far more attention). But all that misses the point - accounting as a subject is less like math (where much of the learning there is of pattern recognition and logical thinking) and far more about organization and presentation. Learning accounting is also a directly applicable life skill which can help people to take control of their financial lives.
Something I ran into time and again as a CPA was small business owners (who became small business owners because of layoffs during economic downturns and who still needed to pay the rent every month) who would come to me to help them make sense of their books - they had no clue what they were looking at or even what the purpose of keeping books was. Learning accounting, understanding the financial transactions and results from those transactions, is empowering. And I think that empowerment is the most important reason accounting should be featured on Socratic.
@kazi-i Kazi Ashiq Iqbal Well, at first I was not interested in choosing accounting in my O level... but you know there is nothing harm in attending just an orientation class. Hence I just went into the class and after that .... WOW! It totally changed my mind. It kind of became my favourite subject. I think the credit goes to my tutor also for making this subject more interesting to me day by day.
I was always fond of science and subjects related to business like commerce, economics were kind of boring stuffs to me - I literally hated them. But accounting was different from them, totally different! It was not about memorizing those policies of customers nor it was about understanding those demand-supply curves.. It was all related to things going all around me, starting from how large supermarkets, Malls, Banks were keeping records of their money to how a small retail shopkeeper calculates his daily profit. It might seem simple but there is a Whole lot to learn! And not to mention A Whole Lot To Teach Also!
@becca Becca M. Hi @kazi-i! I'm thrilled to hear that you're interested in helping get Accounting off the ground. For those of us that don't know, can you explain what it means to have accounting in your GCSE O level? Cheers!
@kazi-i Kazi Ashiq Iqbal I'm just a boy who has a huge interest in accounting and had this subject in my GCSE O level.
I believe that accounting itself is an art- more precisely it is the art of bookkeeping. It helps you understand, differentiate and evaluate how multinational companies, banks, schools etc are keeping record of their daily transactions as well as how the small grocery, pastry shop and other small business are running.
Apart from developing theoretical knowledge, this subject actually helps you in your real life be it through letting you understand the terms in your parent's bank statement or helping them out prepare ledgers in their business. Altogether it would be really fun helping people out in this subject.
@becca Becca M. @Rajibul S. wow, that's fantastic. Yes, we should definitely think about how accounting varies across countries. We want to build a resource that is as useful for as many different students as we can, while still making it relevant to specifics and complexities in different places. Do you have ideas about where we could share this page to help find the next 7 founders?
@rajibul-s Rajibul S. Hi @Becca M. I teach Ordinary and Advance level accounting (British curricula) in Bangladesh, and also I am a student of ACCA. I hope I can help built this community with valuable information as along with other subjects accounting is also complicated and varies in system from country to country.
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