Building your career: ‘a graduate’s perspective’

As a graduate accountant, or even as someone who doesn’t come from an accounting background, entering the business world and understanding its complexities can be overwhelming. Where possible, it is important to obtain as much relevant information as possible to further your career or improve your business. There are three key elements to focus on when building your career, these are; experience, growth and presentation.

  1. Gain the experience
    Having an understanding of your intended industry and its ins and outs is a valuable tool in all aspects of business. It can drive improvements in efficiency and productivity, as well as in learning and growth. Having prior experience in a bookkeeping role or similar can provide foundations for entry level accounting. As an example, understanding how a transaction affects individual accounts and business as a whole is an important factor that is relevant in decision making in the accounting industry.
  2. Learning Continues
    For those who have majored in accounting at University, a pathway to becoming a highly qualified and ethical professional is to undertake the Chartered Accountants Program (CA). The CA is one of the world’s most respected business qualifications and is suited to those who are ambitious and driven. Not only will the program help you further your working capabilities, it also provides you with the tools to earn the most reward out of your profession. Undertaking CA Masterclass is a valued support tool in maximising what you get out of your studies.
  3. Present yourself
    It is important to be and act professionally in all business aspects. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to ‘know it all’ but it is important to be prepared and to the point. Whether this be in an interview or meeting, or in discussion with a customer or client, preparation regarding the topic and thought into how it will be delivered will determine how successfully the topic is received. This is because a professional approach will positively impact the outcome.

Building a career isn’t just about having the right qualifications; it’s about building the foundations that will help further your career, continuing growth by education and learning opportunities and always focusing on a professional presentation. Combining these three elements will lead to achieving a successful and long lasting career.

About the Author

James Orchard
His unique selling point could be described as ‘getting’ it quickly. James has a real ability to grasp what clients are looking to achieve. He builds a clear picture fast, making sure that businesses can see the wood for the trees.

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