Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Don't Overlook Government Accounting

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Don't Overlook Government Accounting

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Out of a love for the work I had performed as a bookkeeper, I began to study accounting and earned my accounting degree at a relatively "old" age. When researching positions in the profession, I quickly discovered the horrendous hours and travel requirements often demanded of accountants in both industry and public accounting. With a six-year-old daughter and a husband subject to overnight travel on a regular basis, that type of schedule was not an option for me at the time.

Through discussions at an annual reception held by the professional club at my university for students and representatives from all accounting sectors, I realized that the government sector would be the best fit for me.

Given this background, when I read "Practitioners as Mentors" (JofA, Jun. 03, page 39), I expected to learn that the mentoring program developed by the Boler Business School at John Carroll University would include practitioners from various areas of the government sector. On the contrary, the article states the "program draws mentors from both public accounting and industry." Government was not mentioned, which, I believe, is an unfortunate omission.

The government sector offers opportunities and flexibility that public accounting and industry may be unable or unwilling to offer. …

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