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The ability to pore over lots of numbers without becoming
confused by them is an essential skill for an accountant
So, you're thinking of being an accountant…
As long as businesses and individuals are interested in minimizing
expenses and documenting all business transactions correctly and
honestly, the work of accountants will always be in demand.
Accountants are much more than just "bean counters", they're
essential allies for helping to guide people through the complex and
ever-changing world of tax and finance.
Firstly, there are a couple of personal skills and qualities that
will help you become a successful accountant. Most importantly you'll
need a talent for mathematics and a love of numbers in general. The
ability to pore over lots of numbers without becoming confused by them
is an essential skill for an accountant. It also helps to be naturally
orderly and well organised with good attention to detail and the
ability to analyse and synthesise data.
To become an accountant you'll also need some kind of formal
qualification. This is regardless of whether you're aiming to be a
public accountant, a management accountant, a government accountant or
an internal auditor.
If you're just starting out, the best TAFE NSW course for you would
be the Certificate
IV in Accounting. This course has no entry requirements and can
be a good pathway to other accounting courses, such as the Degree,
Diploma and Advanced Diploma. The Certificate IV is also available
through TAFE NSW
Did you know you can begin your TAFE studies while you're still at
school? This is through the TVET
program. TVET stands for "TAFE-delivered vocational education
and training", and Business Services (which includes accounting)
is among the industry areas that are eligible. It means you can learn
valuable workplace skills and gain hands-on experience while you're
still at school, increasing your prospects of employment. The TVET
program has been developed by the Board of Studies and can count
towards your HSC. Upon completion of your TVET course you'll be
awarded a Certificate qualification or statement of attainment, which
is nationally accredited and recognised. If you're interested in
starting your training while still at school, speak to a career
advisor either at your school or your nearest TAFE NSW college.
No matter what twists and turns your life takes you, training as an
accountant is one way of ensuring you'll always have a valuable
skillset to fall back on. Whether it's personal finances, small
businesses or large multinational companies, "balancing the
books" is something that's never going to go out of fashion.