Five Tips to Enhance Your Accountancy Career

| September 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

Maximise your accounting training with these five career study tips

Getting your accounting education is without doubt the best route to a career in accounting. However, while doing so, it’s important to make the most of the time you spend in school before graduating.

So many students, especially those that are close to completing their studies are simply not making a carefully well thought out preparation for employment. The assumption is that they would get a job after graduation, with no experience for the job. Not so real!

You should think ahead by maximising your accounting training. Here are some tips to guide you on your way and help your accountant training go smoothly.

Your Computer Skills

Accountancy jobs these days require that you have computer skills. Computer software is used for everything from processing financial records to auditing systems to analyzing budgets. You should consider acquiring or horning your computer skills, especially those that are relevant to your career, such as Sage and Microsoft Excel

Get Some Experience – buy it, if you have to

Coursework and qualifications alone does not make a good CV. Getting or having experience will show potential employers that you can apply your accountancy training and qualification to the workplace. Internships, summer jobs and the like are also excellent opportunities to network and meet potential contacts and mentors who can offer invaluable help. But they should introduce you to the world of professional accounting. You should also consider paying for work-experience training in accounting. Practical accountancy skills training such as those provided by Ptap should be top- most on your list, before you send your CV to agencies and employers. They can be invaluable to fast-track your accountancy career when internship is repeating boring duty or doing mundane job.

Stand Out in the crowd

It is amazing to know that many students are undecided on which area of accounting they wish to specialise in. Some speciality areas, includes public accounting, management accounting, forensic accounting, government accounting and internal auditing. You should try to decide on a main area of interest. Make your CV stand out by taking additional classes in the area you wish to specialise in.

Learn a Language

Accounting is a universal profession and knowing a second language will open doors into accountancy firms with multinational partners and clients. You should learn an additional language because employees who are bi-lingual are highly on demand as they are more comfortable in communicating with international partners and clients.

Step Outside the Field of Accounting

Widen the scope of your knowledge by taking training outside of your accountant coursework that are still related to the field. For instance, you might consider taking a class in project management or information technology. A course in project management would help up the scale to your advantage for other accounting related jobs.

Sonny A. Samuel is a writer and marketing communications consultant for Ptap Training.

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