I am presently a SAHM. I formerly worked in photography but have decided to leave this behind in favour of a change. (I simply don't miss it and that tells me it's time).
I have just signed up for a Cert IV Accounting. I elected to start with this for the practical skills base as opposed to the theoretical skills base the uni courses were offering.
Would love to hear from accountants in here about career paths or progression. Any advice, stories, hints, tips etc would be greatly appreciated.
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04-11-2013 22:53 #1
Any accountants in here? Would like some career advice.
05-11-2013 01:21 #2
Do you mind if I sub this - have been thinking if a career change soon and accounting has always been a thought.
Didn't actually realise it can be done at a TAFE!!!
05-11-2013 07:46 #3
Of course you can sub! Hopefully someone will reply Yes, accounting can be done at TAFE but I'm doing mine via a private college as TAFE here in SA is an absolute nightmare regarding fees, enrolling and just administration in general.
05-11-2013 08:59 #4Senior Member
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Subbing also 😊
05-11-2013 09:05 #5
I've done the cert. 3 and 4 in accounting. I think really you need at least the diploma to be able to gain employment.
I couldn't go on to do the diploma as the timetable was run over the weekends, so I've decided to give uni a crack. I know a few people who have scored good jobs following that path.
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05-11-2013 09:43 #6Junior Member
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I'm an accountant. Went from school to uni and did a degree that way. Got a job into my 3rd year at a firm working part time which was great. If you want to become fully qualified you need to do post grad study through work that takes another 18 months or so, I'm nearly finished mine
I like my job and the industry in general. I'm in a nice small firm that hasn't got too much pressure and is very flexible. I've been here over 6 years now from that part time job and am about to go on maternity leave for 6 months then back part time. I'm a tax/ business services accountant but there are many other fields.
Not sure what else you'd like to know but feel free to ask
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05-11-2013 10:21 #7
I'm an accountant. I did my Advanced Diploma- enrolling in each cert seperately i.e. Cert III, Cert IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma. I then used that Advanced Diploma to get credits for approx half the subjects in UNI, meaning that part time it took me half the time. Half way through my Cert IV, I got a job in public accounting and have been working in local government ever since.
I finished my degree this year, and next year will look at doing the CA/CPA.
I highly recomend going through TAFE for as much as you can- esp if you have children. It's allot more flexible.
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05-11-2013 10:30 #8Senior Member
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I'm an accountant. I started doing accounts payable straight out of school for a few years and then did a Bachelor of Commerce part time externally which took me 5-1/2 years. After that, I did my CPA in 3 years.
I started by doing TAFE but after a semester, I changed to uni because it would have been 2 years and TAFE to get 1 years credit at uni and I had always intended to go to uni. The TAFE course was also a bit boring.
I now look after the state finances for a construction company.
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05-11-2013 10:47 #9
Thank you so much for all your precious feedback. I was hoping to see more responses to this thread when I logged on.
My vision is to do the Cert IV so I'm not overwhelmed and can finish something and see if I can get a little job pertaining to that qualification. Then I'd like to go straight onward and do a Diploma, perhaps upgrade the job that reflects that and then an Advanced Diploma etc and then I plan to have a go at uni.
I guess what I want to know more about are the career paths you can take in accounting and what sort of jobs you can apply for once you have finished the Cert IV (if there's any).
I was led to believe that accounting was dry and unexciting but from what little I have been able to read about it, I am finding it anything but. The surprising thing to me was that you didn't have to be a mathematician either!
I'm quietly and cautiously excited about this. I have never been so sure about anything in my life and...that's scary in a thrilling kind of way.
So again your help and feedback is very valuable to me and I thank you again for taking the time to respond.
05-11-2013 16:26 #10
I'm an accountant. I studied externally when I was 26 part time. I am now currently working towards my CA, which is bloody hard! The CA part of it can take up to 3 years (inclusive of practical experience). You can do TAFE to gain credits to get into uni. Have a think of what type of accounting you want to do to. I am a public accountant (tax), but have a look into corporate and management as they are completely different fields (some overlapping though)
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