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Roles in accountancy

Accountancy can be a prestigious and well-paid career that offers the opportunity to work at a wide range of businesses and organisations. Financial accounting and management accounting are the two main areas of accounting. Most graduates go into financial accounting and choose to specialise in particular areas, such as tax or audit. Other types of accounting include management accounting and public accounting.

The Big Four are very important in this sector and can provide good opportunities to travel and advance within a firm. Working for a smaller firm also has its benefits as it can mean more responsibility early on, and a greater chance to influence how things work in an organisation.

Schemes to increase diversity in accountancy

Various schemes exist to help increase diversity in this sector

Who are the Big Four?

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC

Important skills in this sector

  • Commercial awareness
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • A methodical approach
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Numeracy
  • Leadership skills
  • Integrity and trustworthiness