Five reasons to pursue a professional career in accounting

If you're leaning towards choosing an accounting degree, the chances are you've already decided that this is the career path for you. Whilst this is a respected field, there are several more reasons to select this vocation that go beyond prestige. At The IIE's Varsity College, our New World thinking approach to education empowers graduates to take on the challenges of tomorrow. With stronger problem-solving and critical thinking at their disposal, there's no reason why they can't make waves in the industry they've chosen for themselves.

For those who are a little undecided, here are five reasons you might want to get a Bachelor of Accounting and make it your career.

You'll be part of a network of professionals

We've already mentioned that getting an accounting degree and becoming an accountant is a highly respected feat. Then, there's the chance to be part of a growing network of fellow professionals. For those that don't know, there's a variety of professional accounting bodies in the country. 

These include:

·  Southern African Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA)

·  South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

·  South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA)

·  Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

·  Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

·  Institute of Accounting and Commerce (IAC)

·  South African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA)

·  Institute of Chartered Secretaries of South Africa (ICSA)

The learning never really ends

Some of us thrive in learning more and furthering ourselves. As a professional accountant, there's always more to be studied and gained. With laws and regulations always changing and new pieces of software to navigate, it's safe to say you're choosing a career that's deeply rooted in constant learning. This keeps things fresh and interesting.

You can work in almost any industry you like

Not everyone who becomes an accountant stays in the same field. You can move into different fields as a practising accountant or you could even put your skills to good use within the business context. Many accountants choose this route and end up opening their own businesses. The choice is completely yours. The main thing, however, is that your skills will always be in demand.

There will be challenges

Not every day as an accountant is the same. There will be deadlines, audits, new tasks and even opportunities. These will help you grow as a professional and as a person. During times of challenge, it's important to connect with your network of fellow accountants. Together, there's nothing you can't conquer. You'll also find that colleagues will come to you for advice as well.

You will get to stand by your ethics

For most of us, doing what's right is incredibly important. This is especially true in the accounting context when you're working with finances. Ethics and integrity are key if you're an accountant, which might add a little pressure but if you're someone who abides by the rules, you'll succeed.

Preparing aspiring accountants for the future

At The IIE's Varsity College, our New World thinking prepares graduates for the challenges of tomorrow. Thanks to stronger problem-solving and critical thinking skills, they can actively question the way they think and improve on today's processes. For more on the IIE BCom Accounting degree, please click here to visit our website now.