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Newly Qualified, What next?

Written by: Rosie Evans in association with Gleeson Recruitment
Published on: 30 Jun 2014

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All of you will have studied long and hard to get your accountancy qualification, whether it's ACA, ACCA or CIMA, the road to getting qualified is always long and arduous. These are all post graduate qualifications and the exams are tough. Combine this with often working long hours, weekends and sometimes nights away and all of a sudden we can understand why results day is so important to you. after all that hard work, maybe even a couple of setbacks, you're finally qualified! But what next?!.

Demand for NQ Accountants

The demand for newly qualified accountants has never been higher. According to a recent survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and KPMG the availability of permanent staff is at its lowest for over 16 years with Accountancy and Finance as a profession taking over the top spot. In my experience, the demand for newly qualified accountants is nearly always higher than that of part qualified or middle to senior management positions. Why? Well simply put, there tend to more of these types of roles required in larger companies.

Why do Companies like Newly Qualified Accountants?

Well for a start, you've just passed technical exams on all of the latest accounting standards. The Finance Director may have passed his exams 20 years ago (anyone remember SSAP12? No?) and she/he is now way more involved in driving the business and planning its strategy. She/he needs help in this area. Sounds a bit dull to some of you but this is where you really start to put your studies into practice. Using your knowledge to help steer the business safely to its goal whilst constantly building your confidence in dealing with non-finance stakeholders. This is where you really start on your career path to perhaps being that Finance Director in the future,. Does your company now recognise your market worth? Are they putting a career/progression plan in place for you? If not, why not? Ask!

Career Planning for NQ Accountants

You have put yourself through the torture of exams for years for a good reason. You want to better yourself. You're the sort of person that likes a challenge. If you're not getting that challenge, recognition or development, you have other options. Be careful though, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. It’s also important to find a good recruitment consultant, someone who understands accountancy career options, listens to what you want and then gives you great advice that you can trust.

This is not to say that now you are qualified you should jump ship, far from it. But make sure you're always taking stock of where you are on your career path. Sometimes we can find ourselves stuck in a rut without realising it. Talk to your boss, ask them where they see you in 3-5 years and make sure it aligns with your goals. The experience you gain in the first few years after qualifying can really shape your career.

Newly Qualified jobs on GAAPweb

You can search and apply for the latest newly qualified jobs on GAAPweb today. If you’re thinking about what is next in your career, it’s worth looking at how to develop a career plan and how to become a Finance Director if you think these are the roles you are working towards.

This article was written in association with Jason Blakey, Director at Gleeson Recruitment Ltd, one of the UK's fastest growing Professional Recruitment & Executive Search firms. You can search the latest roles from Gleeson recruitment on GAAPweb today.