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caseyd
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hi guys
in relation to the "highest paid job" thread, how does accounting compare?
also what is the best way to get into accountacy- i mean is it an advantage to do Acc & fin at uni or do companies prefer courses like eco and law?
lastly wot kind of salaries can u get in accountancy - if u graduate from a decent uni (notts, bristol ) also is it a fairly safe career to go into - i mean is it going to be out sourced to india like for I.T ?
all replies welcome
thx guys
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(Original post by caseyd)
hi guys
in relation to the "highest paid job" thread, how does accounting compare?
also what is the best way to get into accountacy- i mean is it an advantage to do Acc & fin at uni or do companies prefer courses like eco and law?
lastly wot kind of salaries can u get in accountancy - if u graduate from a decent uni (notts, bristol ) also is it a fairly safe career to go into - i mean is it going to be out sourced to india like for I.T ?
all replies welcome
thx guys
Accountancy does pay well, but you have to work at it - ie become fully qualified, and i think a lot of accountants also make much money from private work.

In answer to your question about doing an Accountancy & Finance degree, then yes you do have an advantage, as you can get many excemptions from exams, and therefore qualify quicker (if all goes to plan) than people who have not done a specialised degree. They are also liked (however i stress they are not a requirement!!!!) by firms, mainly the big firms, e.g. PwC, BDO, KPMG etc. If your degree comes from a highly reprutable university then it will get you a long way in the world of finance (that is if you get a decent mark - which im sure we all will!)

I do think it is very safe, it isnt the sort of job that any tom, **** or harry can do! You have to be qualified, just like a lawyer or doctor, and deal with people face-to-face on a daily basis, so it would be very difficult for them to ship it all off to India
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Only some Accounting degrees offer exemptions- the LSE one is fairly bad for that, although it approaches accountancy in more of a wider view than others (e.g. it gives you the understanding behind the methodology used).

Just going into accountancy because it pays well is stupid. You have to be sure that it's what you want to do as it involves a hell of a lot of work.
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The majority of accountants that you meet won't have done an accountancy degree at uni. The advice I have been given is to do something that I enjoy at uni then train in accountancy afterwards.
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The 'must-have' and most prestigious accounting qualification is widely accepted as the ACA (Association of Chartered Accountants), which is issued by the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).

Ironically, accountancy graduates generally don't do that well in accountancy training courses. Scientists, especially chemists and physists, usually come out top. This is most likely due to their numeracy, literacy and analytical nature.

The richer accountants are usually the finance officers in large limited companys, and not those that work for accountancy firms. Of course, working for the Big Four (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte & Touche and Enrst & Young) will set you up well.


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