Businesses depend on their bookkeepers and accountants to carry out complex numerical tasks with a high degree of accuracy. For that reason, the people who succeed in this industry thrive on routine, have an incredible eye for detail and a methodical and rigorous approach.
If that sounds like you, then you might suit a career in finance.
Having a career in accountancy is a great choice and can offer you excellent job prospects. You could work your way right to the very top of an organisation with the right professional accountancy qualification. Accountants whose work is of a high standard can quickly progress to positions of responsibility. And accountancy roles often attract high salaries.
Gaining an accountancy qualification will stand you in good stead for the future as accountants are in demand in a variety of sectors and organisations.
You could work in business or finance, the public sector, the charity sector or public practice. You could choose to work for anyone from a large international accountancy firm to a small local business. And you can work in general practice or specialise in areas such as:
auditing – conducting independent checks on organisations’ financial statements
tax – dealing with tax returns or advising organisations about tax
corporate finance – advising businesses about mergers and acquisitions
business recovery and insolvency – steering businesses through difficulties or winding them up
forensic accounting – detecting and preventing fraud.
Far from being all about number crunching, a career in accountancy will give you the opportunity to use a variety of skills including leadership, problem-solving, team-working and communication skills. In fact, many accountants report that much of their job satisfaction comes from their contact with people.
There are also opportunities to ‘put something back’ when working in accountancy roles. Environmental auditing is a growth area in accountancy. Enter this field and you will help businesses understand and reduce their impact on the environment. Many accountants choose to work in the public sector, so that they can play a part in ensuring local and national government and the health service achieve value for money. And if you choose to work in the private sector or public practice, your work could help bring about economic success for the business or businesses you work for.