Thinking about a career in Accountancy?

What and who they look for:

  • Students from all disciplines – you don’t have to be an accountancy student to become an accountant!
  • languages – said they have noticed that more and more clients are doing international business which creates opportunities for language speakers.
  • Communication skills
  • Commercial acumen – in interview questions they are looking for not just the graduate’s interpretation of a particular event that has taken place but ‘their view on it’.
  • Some will accept a 2:2 and some have the ability to sponsor Tier 2 visas


Benefits of working for a mid-sized firm:

  • Get a wide range of experience in audit, accountancy and taxation
  • Get a variety of experience with different sizes and types of clients
  • Opportunity to take on early responsibility
  • Personal treatment and accessibility to the partners
  • Work life balance tends to be much better than with the larger firms
  • Progression route tends to be, controller, supervisor, manager, partner
  • Starting salary £21K in London and £19K outside. After three years working and once qualified this can progress to £38-40K.

For more information see the Graduate Careers pages of the Association of Practicing Accountants or visit


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