Although not all of us have a natural ability to work with figures, we will all agree that the accounts department is the heart of any company and one which it cannot function without. Martie Opperman is one lady who has a natural knack for figures. We talked to her about her job.
A bookkeeper is an integral part of any company and processes the transactions and bank statements of an organisation, while ensuring that accounts and payments are continually reconciled. A bookkeeper can earn anything between R5 000 and R20 000, depending on experience and qualifications.
Martie’s responsibilities include checking the company’s bank statements, as well as handling the reconciliations of accounts for the company. She also has to process the daily fuel sales, organise the banking of the moneys received, as well as generate invoices and control the rental for the property division of the airport company. There are a number of menial tasks that are also associated with this, but the list above constitutes her main tasks.
Pros and cons
To Martie, the pros of her current job are easy to explain, and perhaps a bit different to a number of people in other positions.
“I love working with figures – I know it sounds boring, but as a child I wanted to work in accounts,” Martie says. “I enjoy reconciling accounts, sorting out a problem and rectifying it. To me, if you have to go further, another favourite is checking the bank statements every morning.”
However, it isn’t all wine and roses in her profession, as there are often problems that come up that take a lot of time to sort out.
“The only con that comes to mind is that I hate to struggle to find a problem and figure out where the problem originated.”
Required studies or experience
Although colleges offer Bookkeeping courses and diplomas, experience is still more important than any diploma or course. “I will definitely recommend that students obtain diplomas or go on bookkeeping courses