If you are really passionate about finance and accounting, you will definitely have a complete discussion with your friends and network on which accounting or finance qualification to take up in order to progress in your career. There are a lot of options and choices when it comes to taking up accounting as a professional career.
As we all know, a chartered accountant is the most coveted position one can dream of achieving. But when it comes to becoming a globally recognized chartered accountant, there are few accounting qualifications that are internationally recognized and offer career opportunities across the world.
A plethora of options and the choice is yours :
The highly demanded accounting qualifications are ACA (Association of Chartered Accountants), ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), and the US CPA (Certified Public Accountant). All these qualifications provide global recognition and have their own benefits and examination pattern, the governing body, curriculum framework, advisory committee, and so on.
Why not an ACCA :
Keeping in mind the flexibility and the phenomenal career prospects, the ACCA qualification is something that is taken up as a course largely by those who wanted to pursue a global financial and accounting career. Though it all completely depends on an individual as to why they want to do an accounting or a financial course, the present finance industry calls for qualified ACCA professionals to be a part of several financial and accounting organizations.
The course curriculum is also designed in such a manner, taking into account all the business requirements from a professional and hence it provides a holistic learning experience by covering all the aspects of running an international firm.
Career choices after an ACCA :
The ACCA qualification is recognized in almost 170 countries across the world and you can just imagine the range of career opportunities awaiting after completing the course. All the top countries like the UK, US, Singapore, Canada, Germany, Australia, and so many others want highly qualified ACCA professionals to be a part of their financial and accounting network, not just to manage their accounts, but also to take part in strategic decision making and improving the business on the whole.
The various roles that are offered to an ACCA professional are chartered accountant, chief accounting officer, chief treasury head, chief financial officer, subject matter expert, tax consultant, business consultant, auditor, financial advisor, and so on. While these are just a few out of a world of opportunities, you can even set up your own accounting firm or auditing firm and render services to other firms including corporates.