Aug 03, 2014— read in full
My job explained: Junior accountant
Want to explore the world? Jean-Paul Kabagambe explains how becoming a chartered accountant can open up new horizons.
What attracted you to this type of work?
First and foremost it’s the prospects that the accounting profession offers in terms of travelling. The chartered accountancy programme is internationally recognised and this met with my passion for seeing new places and exploring different languages and cultures.
What does the training involve?
I am in the final stages of my training and qualify in a few months. It has involved a lot of hard work, persistence, sacrifice and dedication but I believe nothing worth having in life is easy to get! I have taken five years to get to this stage.
Training involves shadowing the senior accountant as well as a lot of reading to keep up-to-date. For example, with changes in taxation, this includes things like reading the Financial Times and checking out the stock markets from time to time.
What's the best thing about your job?
Now that I’ve found my feet I find it really satisfying that I can solve most of the problems that come my way. It’s daunting to start with, but now it’s become more routine, I know how to address more issues because you find that there is a pool of possible causes.
Have there been any challenges to getting where you are now?
One of the biggest challenges I had was having to work to pay my own tuition fees while studying full time, but thankfully I have been able to manage and hopefully all this hard work will be worth it.
What qualities and skills do you think are important for your role?
You need to be able to meet tight deadlines, so you need to be calm and good at organising your time. Good communication skills are also vital, especially when talking to clients. Aside from that, you need to be prepared to work hard and be patient as you climb up the career ladder. Finally, a second language is always a bonus as it can open up more opportunities in a large international company.
What advice would you give to someone following in your footsteps?
I would encourage them to consider accountancy as it offers a wide range of areas you can specialise in from auditing to management accounting and from taxation to information systems. Not to forget great travelling prospects as you can work in any part of the world!