I am not doing this for the fun of it

challenge I have never written a blog before but I thought it would be interesting to give a slightly different perspective on life and the reasons for doing the MSc Professional Accountancy course.

Just a warning, unlike some of the other bloggers, I don’t see the studies as a “calling”, I have studied over the past years (BA, BSc, ACCA, ACT, and now MSc) as a means to achieving certain professional goals.

I am a Director of Resources (basically Finance, IT and development rolled into one position) for a medium sized housing association. At 51, I am a family bloke and appreciate my spare time. Although one of the bosses at work, I would hardly describe myself as the boss at home (daughter, son, wife, hamster….then me) and highly value my private and family time. In summary, I would describe myself as a grumpy, 51-year-old Resource Director, with a family – therefore having to juggle many things in life. Not a fresh-faced “want to make the planet a better place to live in”, do-gooder; but a rather dry and cynical, professional who recognises that there are other things in life than study.

So why on earth am I doing an MSc in Professional Accountancy?
I did my BA (Economics) for a qualification to get a job. Clear career goal.
I did my ACCA to become a qualified accountant. Clear career goal.
I did my BSc (Accounting) to complement my ACCA qualification. Clear career goal
I did my ACT associate membership in Treasury to become an effective Treasury Manager. Clear career goal.

I am doing my MSc for…wait a minute! It’s not going to help me professionally as at directorship level it is assumed I am an expert in accountancy. It’s not going to make my life more interesting (I’ve done hang-gliding, parachuting, love whitewater kayaking…all more interesting to me than studying), it will take time away from my family, take time away from my “private time”, and add more pressure onto a demanding job. So why am I doing it?

After much denial, after much “if there is no goal, don’t do it” statements, after many “why not make life easier” debates, it might just be because (and I would vehemently deny it if any of my friends and family dared to suggest such a thing) that I actually might like the challenge. I’ll be honest, I don’t like the late nights, I don’t like the time away from the family, I don’t like the expense, I don’t like giving up weekends or having late nights, and I certainly don’t like having to miss out on a BBQ because an assignment is due.

But I do like the challenge, I do enjoy the camaraderie of sharing thoughts with my peers, I love debating ideas (whether I am wrong or right), I appreciate the support from fellow students and family (isn’t WhatsApp amazing for sharing?). For some reason, I actually seem to be enjoying doing the MSc.

I am finding it particularly relevant to my sector – particularly the GIFP section on mergers, as merging is a big “value for money” incentive in the social housing sector. In fact, I found it so interesting, that I am writing a paper on mergers in the social housing sector. So I will admit (albeit grumpily) that the course has been interesting, useful and relevant.

So next time a friend asks me why I am doing an MSc, will I tell them I am enjoying it? Not a chance! Why give them the satisfaction of thinking I am doing a study for non-career reasons? Instead, my response will be “because I thought life wasn’t painful enough, so I thought I would do an MSc.

David is studying MSc in Professional Accountancy by distance learning in London.

5 thoughts on “I am not doing this for the fun of it

  1. Good to read that post and inspired by your dedication to the profession and always challenging yourself professionally. Hope I have the same energy as you do :)

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  2. Hey David good share, like you my present qualifications i.e. ACCA also awards me the top position in my organisation in the near future and I get asked the same question. Why? I guess my reasons are partly the same, I like to challenge myself and what better time to do so than now before I have all the responsibilities of my own family. Also I don’t plan to stay with the same organisation so it will definitely come in handy in the future .

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  3. Hey Dave, well said👍You are an inspiration for many. Keep it up n hats off to you for always submitting all your coursework well before deadline. You are a fighter and will go a long way. Cheers


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