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Accountancy & Finance: Tips for Applications

Guide to accountancy and related jobs in this field

Accountancy & Finance

Tips for Applying

How to get work in this sector

Useful Skills

The following skills and personal qualities are sought after by companies looking to hire trainee accountants

  • Numerical skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Client service skills
  • Finance skills
  • Ability to handle and understand financial risk
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Motivation to complete the accountancy training
  • Innovativeness


Qualifications awarded by a professional body are important to finding work in this field

Find out more about these qualifications in the Training section

Chartered Accountancy jobs often require 280-300 UCAS points, and a 2.1 degree

Requirements are lower for accountancy technician work



Selection Tests

Most finance jobs will include some form of test of your abilities

Current Awareness

Keeping up with financial news can help you prepare to work in this sector. Here are some websites you might want to use

Commercial Awareness

UCAS defines commercial awareness as understanding "...the economics of the business. Understands the business benefits and commercial realities from both the organisation's and the customer's perspectives"