Starting to investigate a new job option will often be a laborious task,
fraught with bad and inconsistent advice...
Because of the current financial climate, many ordinary people are seeking to protect their futures through training into an alternative career.
If you're pondering what career to take - begin your journey with our breakdowns of many different career-paths.
It's simple - just click on the career option to get going...
Re-training for a new career can be an excellent move. Rather than trudging to the same old job that we've been frustrated with for ages, we could take charge of our lives and build a career that satisfies and rewards us.
So we know we need to make a move - but to doing what? We've already made one career mistake - what we don't want to do is make another. How do we know what will suit us? Training in finance or accounting will equip you with the skills to build a solid and rewarding career or business. Salaries are generally attractive, and you'd be able to command professional respect and recognition from your peers.
When you first join a company, you might be a cashier or a purchase ledger clerk. With the right qualifications and experience, you could achieve the role of Finance Manager in a small to medium sized company. You can use a shortcut to add this page to your favourites - Ctrl D. Visit us often and you'll see a good assortment of training colleges are featured.
Check to see how they vary from each other - what's covered, how long the course will take, how much it will cost etc. Be sure that you choose a course that is widely recognised. You need to know when you look at the job ads that you've passed the right exams.
There are a range of different skills and subjects to pick up when working in this industry. If this is your first experience of it, you'll need to go through all the basics. This list is by no means exhaustive, but you can expect to learn manual and computer systems, payroll, credit control, double entry, business law, reconciliations and vat. Higher grade subject matter is also available for more senior personnel in the industry.
Advanced courses can be quite specialised, but might include such things as Final Accounts, Ethics, Special Transactions, Methods of Stock Valuation and Accounting Packages.
After you've trained and qualified you'll have the opportunity to seek employment in whichever sector of industry or commerce you choose. There's so much choice because every business in the land has to do their accounting. Some accountancy staff work as part of a big team, whereas others look after the whole thing for a small business. Some people like to work for local or central government - jobs are generally looked upon as more secure with good benefits and pension schemes. On the other hand, why not consider becoming self-employed (maybe after a year or two in industry) and do the accounts for other self-employed people?
Naturally you must have competent maths skills to do this sort of work. You'll also need to be able focus on the detail of each task you undertake, and be scrupulously accurate with each assignment you're given. Financial work is suited to assiduous and well organised people. Employers rely heavily on their financial and accounting staff, and so they look for people who are completely trustworthy and loyal.
"No one ever attains very eminent success by
simply doing what is required; it is the amount
and excellence of what is over and above the
required, that determines the greatness of
ultimate distinction." - Charles Francis Adams.
A vast number of training providers and colleges offer various accounting study programmes. Detailed research is the only way to discover the optimum route for you. Consider this your first assignment - you'll get to know about things you hadn't previously considered if you familiarise yourself with a good number of trainers.
You might want to be left to work through the syllabus in your own time, or feel more reassured if you have deadlines and classroom sessions. There isn't necessarily a best answer - just a best answer for you and your preferences and circumstances.
Request a sample of the training materials from the colleges you like the look of. That will give you an idea of the quality. Then make your decision and get started. You'll wonder why you didn't change sooner when you're happily certified and enjoying work to the full. Good Luck!