Accounting and auditing world is dominated by men. It might not be the case in Turkey but when I attend global conferences especially in Europe, I see that the industry is notoriously male-dominated. I know that England’s so-called glass ceiling is still holding strong, making career advancement for women quite a challenge. As a result, becoming a female partner at an accounting or auditing firm is nearly impossible! This myth was broken in 2014 when Sacha Romanovitch was appointed as the CEO of Grant Thornton in England. However, recently Romanovitch’s poem sharing internally has cost her job. 15 partners from the company condemned the poem she shared. It was all down the hill afterwards as she was accused of having socialist views and not prioritizing the firm’s profit making, she was removed from any strategic decision making.
One of my recent favorite reads, “Smarter Faster Better” by Charles Duhigg…
There you are, determined to finally finish that report you’d been avoiding for the last week. If not you are in for a serious scolding from either your boss or the client… This gives you that all too familiar pain in your stomach.
“I am cretainly going to finish it first thing in the morning, I should have no distractios, I should get this done”
You tell yourself.
“It has been 5 days already, it is the second time they’ve asked about it.”
Youngsters today take distinct paths when determining their career. Some make their decision at an early age, and though they may make and change their minds countless times in time, they are dead set on making that decision alone, with the motto “I know what is best for me”.
Recently I was, in a way saved by a TED talk shared by one of my friends. The talk “The surprising science of happiness” by Dan Gilbert is about how the abundance of choice eventually causes unhappiness. When people are overwhelmed by numerous choices people tend to be unhappy with what they have chosen, however when the ability to choose was taken away, people chose to be happy with what they have. In this light, I am sad for today’s youth who are drowned in choices of all kind.
Most of us grew up hearing jokes about marrying into money; if we could marry a wealthy man or a woman, we’d have got it made. Jokes aside, transforming your life through such a marriage is what dreams are made of, in the past and the present. Isn’t this what makes the story of Cinderella so appealing, the poor young girl marrying a prince and reaching great wealth? Actually in a Turkish, and also the male, version of it, “Keloglan”, a poor and not good looking young man, marries to Sultan’s daughter with the help of his sharp wit.
On the other hand, there is the statistics that wives with similar backgrounds to their husbands tend to earn more. It is important to note the feelings of the wife who earns more than her husband, and the attitude of the husband in face of the seemingly advantageous reversal of his traditional role, especially in a male dominated and macho society.