Making the jump from IT to accounting

Written on Oct 05, 2017

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA content manager

Helping people fix their problems can be a very rewarding career, but for Brian Ditz, his former role in IT was a lot of quick fix support. Ditz wanted more out of his career.

“My job had gotten to the point where I didn’t see a lot of opportunities for me to advance,” he said, describing his position as monotonous.

When he decided to look for other careers, he noticed he enjoyed the time he spent working with numbers and kept that in mind.

He went back to school at Cleveland State University initially for an operations degree, but, after taking accounting classes, realized that was the better path for him. Now a CPA and senior supervisor at Walthall CPAs, he’s helping his clients fix their business problems while creating meaningful relationships.

“I can still use analysis, and I love working with numbers and getting down to what’s driving them,” he said. “Accounting is a great field for that, so it’s right in my wheelhouse.”

He said the biggest adjustment in transitioning careers has been his clients coming to him for more than answers on financial statements or tax returns and asking his opinion on business decisions.

“Having them rely on you is great because you really get to know their business, you get to know them,” he said. “It’s a relationship that really builds over the years and you’re helping them run their business.”

Watch the video above to hear more about Ditz’s transferable skills from IT to accounting and what he enjoys most about his current role at Walthall.

Leave a comment