Congratulations! You’ve recently graduated! You’ve island-hopped the Philippines, bungee jumped New Zealand and seen more than you cared to in Phuket. Now it’s time to knuckle down, sort your CV out and take your first big step into the job market.
You may have already sought out a Grad rotation program and been put through umpteen rounds of aptitude and reasoning tests. Or maybe you want to jump straight into an entry-level or trainee role, kick-starting your career with the basics needed to propel you up the corporate ladder.
Either way, if you are serious about developing your career then one of the most important gifts you can give yourself is a qualification. Interested in Practice? Auditing? Financial Statements? Look at ACA or ACCA? Have a thirst for month-end? P&L? FP&A? Check out CIMA. Fact: even if you’re not sure what you want to be doing 5 years down the line, studying for a qualification - any qualification – will give you access to a far greater number of opportunities than those who choose not to bother.
So you’ve decided to study. Great! Now you need to be careful. The overly impatient will blitz through their course and find themselves unable to get signed off because they’re still doing accounts payable. Yes, being part qualified is fabulous, but not if you’re still paddling in the shallow end. Make sure your practical experience is progressing in line with your studies. By the time you’ve sat your last exam, you should already have the experience required to get those marvellous letters by your name. If not, some hirers may question your drive, assuming you aren’t ambitious enough for their company.
Your current employer may demand you pay back your course fees should you decide to look elsewhere before qualifying. They know that once part-qualified, a huge array of opportunities will be available to you. For some, the thought of being hit with a three or four grand debt is enough to stay put. Don’t be disheartened! The best companies to work for are those that recognise the value a PQ can bring and will pay your debt off for you.
If you are part qualified or a finalist, with a stable history and demonstrable progression, your CV is gold dust to the average recruiter. It shouldn’t take you too long to find a role within a forward- thinking business that will support you through to the end of your studies, where you can develop your career further and move on up the ladder. It’s a big step, and a hugely important one. Good luck!
Latest opportunities from Investigo this week include:
- Finance Analyst - Part Qualified CIMA/ACCA would be ideal | Hillingdon
- Junior Financial Analyst - Accounting and Finance Graduate would be ideal | Purley
- Management Accountant - PQ or NQ candidate| London - £35,000 to £40,000 per year
- Financial Planning and Analysis role | Hertfordshire - £60,000 to £65,000 per year
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