Way under-qualified for new position…. help

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
755 posts
Busy bee

I think your husband is right- if you truly were honest, they clearly value what they think you can bring to the role. 

It will be VERY important that you establish precisely what the procedure is if you come across something you can’t handle- what do you do, who do you tell etc. 

You were honest in the interview and they liked you. Now you need to be honest with them on how to go about getting the experience.

Ask them if they can organise a mentor for you, someone with accounting experience- perhaps the 3rd party cpa that does the taxes can be paid to give you an hour a fortnight or something?

Post # 3
755 posts
Busy bee

Will you be finishing your degree? 

Because this feels like it’s a temporary problem, and I think that’s how they’re viewing it- you will become more experienced fairly quickly

Post # 4
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

This could be amazing for your career! I agree with other PP and with your husband,  you were honest, they knew what your limits are. I would just try your hardest and learn a lot as you go!

Post # 5
563 posts
Busy bee

As someone who has been doing accounting for over 15 years and manages all of the accounting and finances for a mid sized manufacturing company, now, you are fine. I have a bachelors and a masters in accounting and had ZERO idea how to actually DO ACCOUNTING. when I started. believe that 95% of “training” comes from actually being on the job. Accounting is pretty easy in it’s most basic form. Each company does things a little differently, but generally it’s basic. There are debits and there are credits and do things tie? I prefer to hire the more “green” accountants, and was hired for my first accounting job, 3 or 4 steps above what I should have been. Like pond said, make sure you are completely open to bringing up things that you DON’T know about, specific to that company and their operations. Google is your best friend since accounting is pretty black and white, you should be able to research to get the right answer, more times than not. 

Post # 6
5551 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

I have my bachelors and masters in accounting. In my experience, he majority of my learning has come from on the job experience. I would read about accounting and learn the entries and all of that in school but it never really sunk in until I was in the field.

It’s scary going into that advanced position but you were honest and they chose you for a reason. Get as much as you can from the manager before he or she leaves, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

And trust your capacity to learn! Good luck!

Post # 7
10541 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Don’t feel guilty. You did earn it. If finding the right job applicant was only about qualifications they wouldn’t do interviews, they would just hire based off resumes.

Clearly, they feel you have something that is more important than the other candidates degrees and that they can teach you what you need to know.

You are only setting yourself up for failure if you go in with that attitude. Find some confidence and start this job with the passion and enthusiasm that earned you the job in the first place.

Post # 8
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been in the workforce many years, and I can validate that most anything can be learned, but being excited about a role is rare. You were honest, they liked you and your honesty. Go for it!

Post # 11
4746 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

OP, my current job is a manager role (managing editor for a magazine), and while I had editing experience, I had NO magazine experience, no experience with management responsibilities like budgets or editorial schedule coordination, and only a tiny bit of experience with nonprofits. They hired me anyway, and the best “training” was truly on-the-job experiences. B

One thing that did help me was finding a professional association to join that has relevant workshops and training events, along with a great newsletter and magazine I get. Maybe there’s a similar resource in accounting?

Post # 12
2344 posts
Buzzing bee

I also just want to point out that as women, it is ingrained in us to feel guilty over things MEN wouldn’t think twice about.

For instance, feeling guilt over having gotten the job over the other, ostensibly more qualified, candidate.

Just try to be aware of this tendency. Try to think from a “man’s” point of view when it comes to your career and developing your skillset and earning potential. 

Don’t feel guilt over asking for more, don’t feel guilt if you GET it. Just don’t ever feel guilt for looking out for yourself and improving your own circumstances. 

Congrats on the amazing start to your career! I would have given anything for this kind of break back when I was in college, so don’t take it for granted!!

Post # 13
757 posts
Busy bee

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kristybee1109 :  First of all, you DID earn the position FAIR and SQUARE. It sounds like they interviewed a lot of people, and they hired you based on your passion and drive. They are allowed to make their final decision based on those factors, that is fair. Having a degree isn’t the end-all be-all of qualifications. More than that, a lot of companies want to hire people that they see potential in and who they think they can get along and work with. A lot of learning is done on the job these days.

Also, are you going to finish your degree (even part-time)? Because if you are then that totally takes the education component out of the equation. You will then have the same educational background as the other candidates had.

Post # 14
10602 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Girl, I’ve built my entire career on “fake it till you make it”. 

You can teach anyone how to do a job, you can’t teach a personality or passion or enthusiasm to learn. 

Post # 15
2176 posts
Buzzing bee

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kristybee1109 :  take a deep breath and gather yourself some CONFIDENCE. If they didn’t think you could do the job, they wouldn’t have picked you. Also, stop feeling bad. You deserve this job just as much as anyone with any degree does. You’ve worked hard to get to this point, so don’t let your lack of degree take away from the accomplishments you’ve made in your career thus far.


Lastly, don’t *ever* feel bad for getting a position instead of someone else. You’ve gotta look out for #1 above all else…as I guarantee you no one would ever feel “guilty” about getting a position instead of you!

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