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How to get a job in Accountancy

Accountancy is a varied field that can allow for graduates to come from a range of degree disciplines. The profession itself can lead candidates down many different avenues, including Tax, Audit and Assurance or Bookkeeping. While Accountancy degrees can set a candidate up nicely, some of the larger employers offer graduates the opportunity to pursue a career in Accountancy without this prerequisite. Like many of these traditional graduate vocations, there is a traditional route into the profession, however many different ways have emerged for prospective candidates to purse with a range of Training Contracts from different firms.

The four largest Accountancy firms, Ernst and Young, PwC, Deloitte and KPMG, take on thousands of graduates with Accountancy Training Contracts, however the scope for graduates looking to go into the field is wide and there are many options. These schemes have fierce competition, so candidates should be aware of the competitive nature for the esteemed schemes.

Being an Accountant

There are two different types of Accountancy that candidates can look to explore: Management Accountancy and Chartered Accountancy. While the two are quite similar, candidates would be advised to have certain specialities if they were aiming to be accredited by CIMA, CIPFA, ACCA or ICAEW.

The first way for candidates to stand out and get that job in Accountancy is excellent academic qualifications. Candidates can apply for traineeships, graduate schemes or Accountancy related jobs without having studied a relevant degree. A degree in Accountancy would help their application, however it is not closed off to other degree disciplines. Accountancy employers look for their candidates to be intelligent, with bags of enthusiasm to apply for this career. They usually look for a minimum of a 2:1, although some might take a lower classification, and good GCSEs in English and Maths.

For a candidate who really wanted to stand out, they would be advised to demonstrate excellent Maths skills. A GCSE in the subject is the minimum requirement for any Accountancy position. Numbers and figures will be their bread and butter so a competency will be vital. It would be advised that candidates had evidence of dealing with numbers outside of their education too. This could be from cashing up when they worked in a shop or working out prices behind a bar. Although these skills are not directly linked, employers will find their awareness encouraging.

One main way to help getting any job, including in Accountancy, is work experience or internships. If a candidate has managed to either get on a vacation scheme run by one of the bigger Accountancy firms, or even a few weeks work experience at a local firm, employers are likely to look favourably on their application. Employers will be impressed about the enthusiasm and drive shown by the candidate as well as knowing that they understand how Accountancy offices function. Candidates will look extremely desirable if they can list some Accountancy tasks they've already undertaken too.

Depending on where a candidate wanted to specialise, different areas of Accountancy requires different specific skills. If a candidate wanted to go into Auditing, fantastic analytic skills would be a great place to start. Auditing requires Accountants to measure how sound a business is and the needs of that business also. Being able to analyse large amounts of data and present insight and findings from this would be excellent for a career in this field. Candidates could demonstrate their skills of noticing patterns, trends and issues by highlighting their different degree backgrounds, History or Economics, for example.

With analytic skills, prospective Accountants need to be methodical in their approach. Accountancy work often involves important and sometimes critical aspects of a business's safety. With this in mind, a candidate would need to be meticulous in their approach and be able to demonstrate a stringent work ethic, where nothing is missed. This can apply to Forensic Accountancy, where accountants can be required to search data for illegal activity.

Another way for candidates to aim to get that graduate job in Accountancy would be to show how they are able to work in teams. A lot of Accountancy work requires communication between different members of staff, so if a candidate can demonstrate not only excellent written and oral communication skills but the ability to work as part of a team and support different areas, Accountancy employers are much more like to look favourably on a candidate.

Another important factor for hopeful Accountants is to demonstrate their ability to build and maintain relationships. Many Accountants are asked to work with clients on or off site and be able to contract and undertake work from outside the firm. This requires the candidate being able to have a good working relationship with those outside the firm, being able to work harmoniously and maintain the reputable name of the firm. It would be advised for candidates to provide examples of representing university societies to the Student Union or representing students as a Department Coordinator.

Management Accountants are extremely similar to Chartered Accountants, however need to have a business drive about them. If a candidate is considering a career in Management Accountancy, a firm understanding of business is required. Chartered Accountants are also required to understand business functions and processes; however Management Accountants are required to be able to make a business grow. Evidence of not only solid skills mentioned before, but also a good grasp of business nous is important. This could be skills and experiences in Development, Marketing and Sales.

KPMG - Audit Opportunities for Graduates at KPMG

 4 / 5 added 01 October 2014

The telephone interview was the 2nd step in the recruitment process, after the application and online tests. It lasted around 45 minutes, as I was told. I was asked a set…

Audit Programme - KPMG at KPMG

 4 / 5 added 16 July 2014

Tasks: An initial verbal reasoning test to assess there was no wrongdoing during the online test. This was then followed with the unique KPMG immersive assessment centre (based on an imaginary…

Audit at Grant Thornton

 4.3 / 5 added 17 June 2014

The phone interview was super relaxed, it was the best one I've had - it felt like I was having a chat with a friend I haven't spoken to in ages…

Audit Programme - KPMG at KPMG

 3.4 / 5 added 17 June 2014

The first stage of the application was the personal information and then there was a situational, numerical and verbal reasoning test. After this was a phone interview which lasted about 45…

My first interview was on the phone. I was mainly asked competency questions here based on their common competency's outlined on the recruitment website. This interview was the hardest. For example,…

The interview was the initial part of the recruitment, it was split into 3 parts: Testing - a set of 2 tests were used (numerical and verbal reasoning) - 20 mins,…

ACA Graduate Scheme at Baker Tilly

 4.3 / 5 added 28 April 2014

The application process began with an application form which asked general questions such as why accountancy, why our firm, there were a few more unusual questions as well such as 'if…

HP Graduate Programme - IT at HP

 3.9 / 5 added 21 April 2014

First of all was the phone interview. It lasted roughly half an hour including my questions on the end. They were the typical competency based questions along the lines of 'Why…

external audit graduate trainee at Mazars

 4.4 / 5 added 21 February 2014

My interview was a one on one interview with a member of their graduate recruitment team, the interview took place at their London office. The interview starts with an exercise where…

Deloitte - Opportunities Within Audit at Deloitte

 4.3 / 5 added 11 February 2014

I had two interviews for Deloitte, the first was with a previous graduate and the second was with one of the partners. The first interview was mainly competency based and lasted…

My telephone interview lasted about 50 minutes with a member of the graduate recruitment team. The interview starts with the recruiter giving you some information on what they will ask you…

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