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Getting into Accounting - Where to start

Sara Roberts

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Deciding on your A-levels and your route into Accounting can be tricky - but in the first in our ‘Careers Spotlight’ blog series, we’ve got some top tips on getting into Accounting.


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“How do I become a chartered accountant?”

The route to becoming a chartered accountant will involve qualifications like ACCA, ACA or CIMA so it is worth looking at courses which are accredited by these bodies. Our BSc/MSci Professional Accounting in Business courses are accredited with both ACCA and CIMA, which means you’d have a great head start. For more information, our tutor Accounting tutor Laura Marshall has written a blog to talk you through the process.

“Other than becoming and accountant what employment options can a degree in Accounting lead to?”

An accountancy degree doesn’t just lead you to becoming an accountant. The analytical and numerical skills that are gained through the degree will equip you with transferable skills and a foundation of knowledge that you can apply to a range of different professions, some of these include;
Tax inspector
Actuary
Financial Project Manager
Auditor
Stockbroker
Investment analyst
the list goes on...

To explore each of these options in more detail, take a look at the PROSPECTS website.

“What subjects should I take?”

There is no one set route to becoming an accountant or find a job in many other finance related fields and there are no specific subject requirements in order to study Accounting at a degree level. A Levels or BTECs in Mathematics and Economics are useful in giving you a strong numerical foundation which is often desirable to employers. Business and Management related courses help you understand the responsibilities involved in managing an accounting/finance team and a wider appreciation of how a company operates. If you aren’t currently studying these subjects don’t be put off from applying, humanities and science related subjects develop written and oral skills that you will be able to use both academically and professionally.

“What skills will I gain through doing an Accounting degree”

Accounting and finance degrees provide you with knowledge of accountancy, commerce, industry and financial practices. As well as developing a range of subject-specific and technical skills, you also gain more general skills including:

  • analytical ability
  • oral and written communication skills
  • numerical and quantitative skills
  • negotiation skills
  • knowledge of global business issues and an understanding of business and organisations
  • organisational/prioritisation skills

Whether you decide to pursue a career after graduation in the financial sector or move into a completely separate field these skills will be invaluable throughout your working life.

“What can I do to make sure my personal statement and CV stand out?”

Whilst gaining a professional qualification is essential in some professions, it is also important to try and gain work experience within the industry. Work experience could include part-time work in a local accountancy firm or in the finance department of any organisation, large or small. Gaining early experience will allow you to pick up office and admin skills, as well as improve your ability to work independently and manage your own workload. Part of what makes our degrees stand out are our guaranteed internships*, as you would be graduating not only with a BSc/MSci Professional Accounting in Business but also industry experience to give you a head start in the sector. Volunteering in your spare time is also a great way to gain valuable experience. Take a look at volunteering pages in your local area or speak to local firms who may be interested in a summer/holiday intern. For more information on summer internships and placements in accounting and finance visit RateMyPlacement.

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Getting into Accounting - Where to start
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