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Working in Accounting
Accountancy is a varied field which accepts graduates from a range of degree disciplines. Career paths in this profession include Tax, Audit and Assurance, and Bookkeeping. There are two different fields in Accountancy: Management Accountancy, and Chartered Accountancy. While similar, the two require slightly different skills, and candidates should be aware of which field they'd like to go into if they are aiming to be accredited by CIMA, CIPFA, ACCA or ICAEW.
As a traditional vocation, there is a traditional route into the Accountancy profession - but graduates aren't limited to following that path. While it's true that a degree in Accountancy will give a candidate a good chance of landing a desirable job, it is not a prerequisite. Many of the larger firms offer graduates with other degrees the opportunity to earn a spot with a Training Contract.
The four largest Accountancy firms, Ernst and Young, PwC, Deloitte, and KPMG, take on thousands of graduates with Accountancy Training Contracts. Their scope of graduates is wide, and they offer many options. But competition for these esteemed schemes can be fierce, so candidates should be prepared.
How to Get a Job in Accountancy
Being aware of the requirements of the profession and knowing how to demonstrate those capabilities during the application process will help graduates land that first job in Accountancy.
Candidates should display the following:
- Good Academic Qualifications
While an Accountancy degree helps, candidates can apply for traineeships, graduate schemes, or Accountancy-related jobs without having studied a relevant degree. Accountancy firms look for their candidates to be intelligent, with a minimum of a 2:1 (although some might take a lower classification), and good GCSEs in English and Maths.
- Excellent Numeracy Skills
A GCSE in Maths is the minimum requirement for any Accountancy position. Numbers and figures are an accountant's livelihood, so competency is vital. Candidates should show experience working with numbers outside of their education, too, whether from a job which included cashing up in a shop, or from serving as their sports team's treasurer.
- Work Experience and Internships
Graduates who have experience on a vacation scheme run by one of the bigger Accountancy firms, or even a few weeks work experience at a local firm, are more likely to catch the recruiter's eye. Employers will be impressed by the enthusiasm and drive shown by the candidate, and can trust that they understand how an Accountancy office functions.
- Fantastic Analytical Skills
If a candidate wants to go into Auditing, analytic skills are extremely important. Auditing requires Accountants to measure how sound a business is, as well as the needs of that business. An ability to analyse large amounts of data, deduce meaning, and present the findings is important to demonstrate for a career in this field. Candidates could display their skill in noticing patterns, trends, and issues by highlighting their different degree backgrounds, History or Economics, for example.
- A Methodological Approach
Accountancy work often involves important, sometimes critical, aspects of company security. With this in mind, candidates need to be meticulous in their approach and demonstrate a stringent work ethic and attention to detail. This is especially true of fields like Forensic Accountancy, where accountants search data for evidence of illegal activity.
- Excellent Communication Skills
A lot of Accountancy work requires communication between different members of staff, so a candidate must demonstrate not only excellent written and oral communication skills, but also the ability to work as part of a team and support different departments.
- Ability to Build and Maintain Relationships
Many Accountants are asked to work with clients on or off site, and they must be able to contract and undertake work from outside the firm. This requires developing good working relationships, being able to work harmoniously with others, and being a good representative for the firm. Candidates should be able to provide examples of their interpersonal skills, such as a role in the Student Union, or representing students as a Department Coordinator or Student Representative.
- Affinity for Business
Management Accountants must have an affinity for business. While Chartered Accountants need to understand business functions and processes, Management Accountants are required to be able to help a business grow. Evidence of a good grasp of business is important - think skills and experiences in Development, Marketing, and Sales.
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Babcock is the UK's largest and most dynamic engineering support services business, employing c27,000 people. A FTSE 100 company with revenue of circa £3.5bn in 2014, we’re the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation. Operating in sectors as diverse as transport, energy, defence, telecommunications and education, Babcock provides a depth and breadth of expertise to its customers that is simply unrivalled.
Accounting, Engineering, Computing & IT, Management
Barclays is a major financial services provider that operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140,000 people. Our global business has a history that spans 300 years and touches every area of finance and investment including retail banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management.
Accounting, Banking, Computing & IT, Science & Technology, Finance
We recruit ambitious graduates like you at every stage of the energy life cycle - from geoscientists sending shock waves through the earth to find new oil and gas reserves and engineers building platforms in the ocean to extract them, to traders anticipating and reacting to changes in the markets around them.
Accounting, Banking, Engineering, Management, Science & Technology, Finance
Think of our graduate programme as the first step on an incredible journey. The start of a brilliant career in business that could take you wherever you want it to go.
Accounting, Consultancy, Human Resources, Management, Science & Technology, Finance
Graduate careers for adventurous minds
If you’re someone who thinks beyond the obvious, a fulfilling, fast-paced career could be yours at Deutsche Bank. We look for more than excellent academic achievement. We want original, collaborative, passionate people ready to challenge and adapt. People who are open to new ideas, eager to learn and keen to grow their long-term careers.
Accounting, Banking, Science & Technology, Finance
The John Lewis Partnership is a multi-award winning retail business and incorporates two of the high street’s most renowned brands – John Lewis and Waitrose. But we’re so much more than that. We combine traditional values with all that’s modern to respond to customers’ needs. That’s why we’re now an omni-channel business – which makes our growing online presence as impressive as our high street activity.
Our commitment to innovation and outstanding customer service is part of what makes the John Lewis Partnership so different. But perhaps the most unique aspect is that when you join us you become a Partner. This means you own a share in the business and get to have a say in how it’s run.
But in return, we expect a lot. Adapting to and loving change, driving performance, taking decisive action, inspiring ownership, working right across boundaries, acting with courage and developing talent are all things we look for (along with specific generalist or specialist skills of course). And that’s simply because, as co-owners, we care more. So we give more. From graduate to Partner in one move. That’s progress. That’s the John Lewis Partnership.
Accounting, Computing & IT, Management, Marketing, Retail
As an integrated business, KPMG LLP (UK) is in a strong position to respond to client needs, bringing together the right teams at the right time, across disciplines and across borders. The key to our success as a firm lies in our ability to match our insights and skills to the strategic goals of clients, day in and day out. KPMG in the UK has 22 offices and is part of a global network of member firms offering Audit, Tax and Advisory services.
Accounting, Consultancy, Computing & IT, Management
Banking is a vital part of the world’s economy and everyday life. Over the last 200 years J.P. Morgan has evolved as a business to meet the ever-changing needs of some of the world’s largest companies as well as many of the smaller businesses that are a cornerstone of local communities.
Accounting, Banking, Human Resources, Computing & IT
The NAO is an independent public body that helps Parliament hold government to account for how taxpayers’ money is spent. We provide assurance to Parliament through our audit work and add value to government by supporting its drive to improve public services. Our vision is to “help the nation spend wisely.”
Accounting, Public Sector & Services, Finance
Long-term thinking. More than anything else, that’s what defines us – for our clients, for ourselves and most of all, for you and your career.
It’s not a new approach;. for well over 200 years now, we’ve been creating long-term value for our clients, and have become one of the most respected names in asset management precisely because we look to the future.
Accounting, Banking, Finance