Why become a Chartered Accountant? Fancy a career as an Accountant? Accountancy can open you up to a fulfilling, varied career in every industry you can think of.
What does an accountant do?
Accountants generally either work in public practice or in industry. Those accountants that work in public practice work at a firm of accountants and provide the following types of advice to fee paying clients:
Tax advice and tax compliance
Business recovery / insolvency
Business start-up advice
Those accountants in industry:
Prepare management accounts to see how the business is doing
Advise on capital expenditure
Prepare budgets and forecasts
Advise on treasury issues
Negotiate with suppliers and customers
Why you may want to become a Chartered Accountant?
Many Chartered Accountants qualify and then set up their own firms of accountants. The benefits of this is that you work for yourself and can decide when and where to do the work, and how much work you want to do.
Wide range of careers
You don’t have to work at a firm of Chartered Accountants. According to the ICAEW website, 84% of FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board.
Great general business knowledge
Whilst training to become an accountant you will work with lots of different businesses and see how they operate. This experience will help in the future as you will be able to advise on what has worked for other businesses, and what hasn’t worked.
It’s a sociable job
Being a Chartered Accountant enables you to work with other people to advise on ways to minimise their taxes and maximise their profits.
You can work all over the world
Many countries use International Accounting Standards, which means that employees have the ability to move country, and still understand the accounting regulations in the country they move to.
You could also work all over the world in the field of tax, since for many multinational firms, their advisors need to understand the tax systems in numerous countries. A tax adviser who understands the tax systems in different countries can therefore fairly easily move from one country to another.
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Summary of why you should become a Chartered Accountant
- You can work in practice or industry
- You can be self-employed
- There’s a wide range of careers
- It gives you a fantastic knowledge of business
- It’s a sociable job
- It’s a career that can be international if you want
- It can be very well paid
- It’s a rewarding job