Career Guidance is given to assist accounting professionals and employers to identify and acquire broad business-based competencies needed to succeed in today's business environment, based on technical, business, leadership and relational skills.
As a graduate of CPA, your qualification puts you on a career path with hundreds of career opportunities, including a range of global opportunities.
Being a CPA means your business skills and accounting knowledge will allow you to move between sectors as your career develops. It gives you the best career mobility of any profession.
The main sectors you can choose from as an accountant are:
· Business / Industry : Corporates and SMEs
Private enterprise, ranging from large multinationals to small and medium enterprises, the finance sector, manufacturing sector, recording industry, wineries, sporting clubs, fashion and many other private activities.
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Private enterprise with less than 200 employees. SMEs include the.
· Public sector
Such organisations include Central and local government departments, government authorities, etc.
· Public practice
Firms offering services to clients for a fee. These range from large practices (usually referred to as the big 4) through to small and medium practices who advise small business and individuals.
Specific jobs a CPA holder can handle include:
Leading an organisation’s future and managing the day to day activities
Check accounting ledgers and financial statements.
· Budget analysis
Responsible for developing and managing an organisation's financial plans.
Prepare financial statements based on general ledgers and participate in important financial decisions involving mergers and acquisitions.
· Management accounting
Analysis of the structure of organisations.
Prepare corporate and personal income tax statements and formulate tax strategies.
· Business risk
Identify strategic and operational business risks; provide assessments of the effectiveness of business controls and develop business risk solutions.
· Environmental accountant
Address issues of how companies can be both environmentally responsible and profitable.
· Forensic accountant
Identifying and tracking fraud, particularly in the realm of e-commerce, may be called to give testimony in legal cases.
· International accounting specialist
Handles cross-border transactions, overseas trade agreements and other activities related to international business.