How to kick start your Accountancy & Finance career


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Are you looking to switch careers or begin an Accountancy & Finance career?

Here are a few simple steps to enhance your chances of securing a long-term career.

Is Accountancy & Finance the career for me?

In the current UK jobs market, skilled candidates are in short supply. Therefore, if you’re looking to forge an Accountancy & Finance career in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire or elsewhere, it is definitely a sensible long-term career path to take. But have you got the core skills to be a success within Accountancy and Finance?

Good arithmetic and an aptitude for working with numbers are of course very important, but what other skills are needed? A passion for problem solving as well as a strong eye for detail are essentials. Being analytical, able to pull apart data and notice trends and anomalies, as well as working to strict deadlines will be further useful skills when looking to progress & impress. Finally, your attitude and tenacity for listening, learning & progression are also going to be key in making you stand out from the crowd and be a success. 

What are companies looking for?

Every company’s requirements are different, however some kind of accountancy qualification is generally essential in starting an Accountancy & Finance career. A Finance degree will certainly put you on the right path, however for those of you not going to university, an AAT qualification is considered near essential in the current job market.

This will give you an excellent base of Accountancy knowledge & skills, which once achieved, should increase the opportunities out there for you. College is probably the best place to study this, as opposed to distance learning, as you will be able to learn off your fellow students, as well as having regular face-to-face contact with your tutor.

Finally, any knowledge of an Accountancy software package will be highly sought after by employers. Sage in particular, is a very commonly used program and a basic course either online or at college together with your AAT, is sure to enhance your CV still further.

If you feel you have what it takes to begin or progress your Finance & Accountancy journey within Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire or Warwickshire, give Prospect Accountancy’s Ben and Michelle a call on 01295 817669.

Prospect Accountancy are a Recruitment Agency in Banbury. We specialise in Permanent & Temporary, Part & Full-time Accountancy & Finance jobs in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire & Warwickshire