Learning to Love New Ways of Learning

Gina Deveney
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Traditional methods of accounting are rapidly transforming to accommodate business needs in the digital era. To embrace new ways of learning in the accounting industry as a certified public accountant, you must re-frame your thinking toward education and technology.

Reclaim the Joy in Your Work

When you take joy in finding ways of learning new things, it is easier to recall important information and concepts. Consider the reasons you decided to pursue an accounting career in the first place. Some of the same factors that lead to you to a career in finance can help you become passionate about new ways of learning that can help you right now.

Ponder the Value of Higher Education

If you want to become enthusiastic about learning new concepts in accounting, you must perceive the value of higher education. Taking an online education course can help you improve your accounting skills and become more proficient on the job. If you take a college course or obtain an accounting-related degree, your qualifications grow and you gain value as an employee. Accountants who obtain new knowledge discover ways to solve problems using reasonable and innovative solutions.

Develop a Technical Appetite

As accounting software becomes more advanced, CPAs must become more tech-savvy to hold their positions. Mastering new accounting software can be a difficult task at first, but it is well worth the effort. A CPA can significantly reduce the time it takes to execute routine financial calculations by using the latest accounting programs. When you are eager to learn how to handle various technologies, using them to your daily advantage becomes easier. If you have neglected to participate in recent technical trends, jump on board to grow familiar with all types of technologies that enable you finish your work faster.

Remain Open to Change

Some of the accounting practices that worked a decade ago are less effective now, but it is impossible to learn anything unless you are willing to accept new information. Adopting an attitude of flexibility toward alternate ways of doing things is key. To understand and implement new ways of learning, you must be open to changing your perspective, practices and procedures. If you learned tasks the old-fashioned way, it can be difficult to change with the times and adjust to new technologies at first. Consider taking training classes to learn how to operate new programs and office equipment, and you can make your job much less complicated.

Give Yourself Time

It is important to give yourself time to learn new ways of doing things, so don’t stress yourself by expecting to master everything overnight. When you take the time to study unfamiliar policies and procedures, your brain can process the information without pressure. With consistent work and effort, trying new ways of learning becomes less daunting. Once you become comfortable with doing your work a different way, you can build skill.

Keeping a positive attitude can make the process of learning challenging information easier. Not only does adopting new ways of learning help you enjoy accounting more, but doing so helps you expand your skills and maintain ethical accounting practices.


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