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5 Unexpected Benefits Of A Career In Accounting

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Accounting Career Benefits

There are many myths about a career in accounting – with one of the most common being that it’s boring and predictable.

5 unexpected benefits of a career in accounting

Earning more money, building a career and improving their quality of life are usually the main reasons students at AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)  list when asked why they’ve chosen a career in accounting. But what many young people don’t realise, is that there are a number of lesser-known perks to a career in accounting.

Here’s the top five:

1.    Going into management

“There are very good opportunities for career advancement and promotion in accounting,” says Andrew Williamson,  Director of Marketing and Commercial at AAT, the UK’s leading qualification and professional body for technical accountants. The organisation has been working in Botswana for nearly 30 years and helps teach financial and accounting skills to over 4,000 people in the country each year. 

“By beginning with an AAT qualification and continuing to train, you can work your way up from being an accounts assistant, for example to a finance director or a CEO,” says Williamson. That’s what happened to Calvin Thololwane, 25, who was working part-time as a salesman in a cinema in Gaborone until he decided to study accounting – and he’s not looked back since. He now leads an accounting team of four at supermarket chain Choppies. He says, “I want to stand out from the rest whenever I apply for job opportunities and my qualification definitely gives me an advantage.”

2.    Joining multinational corporations

“Accountants are always in demand,” says Justin Kyriakou, AAT’s International Development Manager. “Every business needs an accountant and that means  you should be able to find a job, anywhere in the world.” You can join a local firm - or a big international corporation with offices around the world - and enjoy plenty of benefits and package options.

Pyoka Mfuni, 35, admits that he wanted to work for big companies and that his studies as a chartered accountant, after completing AAT’s qualifications, helped him to get a job at Grant Thornton in Botswana, the 6th largest US accounting company with over 59 offices worldwide. “Having the AAT certificate means that companies trust me,” he adds.  

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