Starting your career in accountancy
Here at RK Accountancy, we specialise in recruiting candidates who are new to the profession – and if you’re interested in starting a lucrative new career, we can help. Read on to learn more about the options available to those seeking a job in accountancy, or get in touch today with one of our consultants to find out more.
Things to know
For anyone just beginning to think about a career in accounting, getting into the field can seem like a tricky prospect. You probably have loads of questions about the work you would be doing, the jobs available, the career prospects and the types of qualifications necessary.
- The options available
Candidates new to accountancy have a range of roles to choose from. These jobs offer an excellent way to get into the field of accounting, without the need for a specific qualification.
Accounts assistants – are responsible for balancing accounts, receipts, sales invoices and payments; they maintain financial records, complete VAT forms and prepare accounts.
Purchasing ledger clerks – oversee the money being spent by a company, with tasks including coding and checking invoices, paying out money, filing invoices and processing staff expenses.
Sales ledger clerks – make sure that money owed to the company is paid; their responsibilities include setting up new clients, producing invoices and chasing up debts.
Payroll assistants – make sure that employees are paid the proper amount, on time.
Credit controllers – manage debtor accounts, sending out credit notes and invoices as well as reminders to ensure prompt payment.
Legal cashiers – work in the finance department of solicitors’ firms, dealing with tasks such as billing and invoicing, chasing payments and transferring money.
Bookkeepers – maintain accurate records of daily transactions of a business in order to provide a carefully managed report of the company’s finances.
- What employers are looking for
Think you need to be a whiz at maths to succeed in an accountancy role? While it certainly can help, it’s not always necessary. When it comes to accounting, it’s more important to understand the underlying concepts and methodology of the job. In most cases, a calculator or computer can take care of the arithmetic for you. Of course, most employers will want you to have some basic numeracy skills, in addition to a professional and optimistic attitude, an ability to learn quickly and good motivation.
- Qualifications you can gain
If you’d like to qualify as an accountant, there are a number of professional bodies across the UK that offer certifications. These include the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAS), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Career advice and accountancy recruitment from RK
If you’re just starting out on a career path in accounting, the team here at RK Accountancy can help you find your next role.
Our friendly consultants will work with you to determine your skills, qualifications and long-term objectives and we’ll help match you to the most suitable roles. We can also provide advice on a range of topics to help you achieve your goals.
To get started, register by uploading your CV and answering a few questions. While you’re waiting for us to get back to you, you can also browse our list of vacancies online.