Where can I get a job?
The world of accountancy is dominated by what are commonly referred to as ‘The Big Four’ – PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, KPMG and Ernst & Young. They’re powerful, global and offer great opportunities to get involved in big business from day one. If you fancy something a bit smaller though, try looking at Grant Thorton UK, BDO Stoy Hayward or RSM Tenon Group. They all run extensive graduate recruitment programs through their websites.
To practice accountancy you’ll need to have passed a qualification exam with one of the major chartered firms, either independently or through an employer. It’s a long list, but one worth knowing:
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Association of International Accountants (AIA)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
Have you thought about?
From the worlds biggest stars – who can hardly be expected to count their own pennies – through to banks and governments down to galleries, sports teams and construction projects, everyone needs an accountant. There’s plenty of opportunity to work freelance and (since a UK accountancy qualification is internationally recognised) abroad; picking up the projects that interest you. If you
want a complete change, then some renegade accounts have found refuge in forensic accountancy.