Considering your long term future as a Newly Qualified Accountant

Kathryn Swan 23.07.2019

Our Life After Qualification series is designed to help and guide nearly and recently qualified accountants in their options to maximise their qualification. Once you are a qualified accountant, and have gained some relevant experience in a finance function, there are several exciting directions you can take.

Have you considered your longer-term career aspirations?

After spending so much time focused on exams and the early part of your career, thoughts around your long-term career aspirations tend to take a backseat. If you are looking to explore new job opportunities once you have qualified, have a think about what sort of job you are looking for and what motivates you. Now is the time to think about those longer-term career goals and how you want to achieve them.

The “how” can be dealt with by making connections and expanding your network, which is essential whether you are looking for a new role once you qualify or not. The expert recruitment consultants at Morgan McKinley will listen to your aspirations and suggest suitable roles for your specific situation, as well as offering advice whether you are immediately looking for a job or not.

Register for the next Life After Qualification event

If you are not yet ready to make the plunge and start looking for a new role, LinkedIn is also a good place to read or share content and hear from others who have been in a similar situation in the past. It is also worth making the most of your own physical network and speaking to your work mentor if you have one. 

Which direction is most suitable for you?

Public practice offers challenging and rewarding work. Beyond this, you will have the valuable opportunity to specialise your skill set and develop your client management skills. If you qualified outside of a big firm, adding this experience or moving into a more advisory position should be considered as advisory jobs and external audit jobs will unlock a world of possibilities.

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Banking offers attractive salaries and challenging environments. Having the opportunity to work alongside some of the best technical experts, the banking sector provides newly qualified accountants with the infrastructure for clear career progression and mobility.

Commerce & Industry is attractive as it gives qualified accountants the chance to be at the heart of a business, helping to maximise its commercial performance. This career path presents the chance to gain valuable commercial skills and work within multidisciplinary teams.

Newly qualified professionals have the opportunity to specialise further within tax, either through progression within professional services, or a move into a commercial in-house role within financial services or Commerce & Industry.

Our expert team can help guide you

If you’re still not sure about which direction you would like your career to head, you will benefit from attending the next event in our Life After Qualification series. You can register here for the next event that is taking place in autumn 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed soon).

Alternatively, reach out to one of Morgan McKinley’s expert recruitment consultants today.

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