Venturing Into a Career of Accounting in the UK

5af814e516324d1393bafb1f0d719a10Accounting professionals are essentially responsible to provide data that is required to assess the current and future economic activities of businesses, non-profit organizations, government institutions and even individuals. If you are considering venturing into this profession in the long run, here are a few things you need to be in the know of.

  • The starting salary of an accountant may depend on a number of factors such as the size of the firm, the industry sector you work in and the location of your job.
  • Your average salary right after graduation and acquiring the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants professional qualification will be about £28,889.
  • Salaries at the senior level position range from around £45,000 – £120,000 plus.
  • The IT sector, oil and gas sector, healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry, banking, finance and insurance sectors are known to offer accounting professionals the best remuneration packages.
  • Some companies also offer to cover the cost of study including tuition and paid study leave. This could form an integral part of your overall package and worth considering if offered.
  • You may be expected to clock in an average work week of 45 hours with some overtime. In most cases, this profess does not involve working over the weekends. However, during quarter and year ends, you may be expected to work in highly pressurised environments with tight deadlines.
  • Your work will essentially be in an office but that does not mean you will be deskbound. Furthermore, you may have to travel overseas occasionally depending on the nature of the business you work with.
  • After gaining some work experience, choosing to start your own accounting firm or freelancing can prove to be a lucrative option.

How to Get a Job in Accounting

With the help of an education in accounting, it is easy to get an entry level job that allows you to venture on to a stable professional path. Using university resources and searching diligently is key to finding the right job.

  • Start by making sure that your resume is extremely strong. Before you start looking for an accounting job, make sure you spend time creating a clean and professional looking resume for yourself.
  • Now start networking with potential employers by participating in as many career fairs as possible. Schools that offer prominent accounting programs will tend to attract some of the best firms in the business.
  • Become a part of a professional accounting organisation in your city. You will be able to do so through your university’s accounting department. Becoming a member in such organisations help add value to your resume.
  • Look for jobs online. Platforms such as eFinancialCareers offer reliable resources on the latest openings in the field of accounting.

Finally, get in touch with any family friend or relative in the accounting field that you may already know of. The key to finding the right job is networking with the right people and showcasing your commitment to this profession in the long run.


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