There’s something quite satisfying about being good at maths. When most quiver under the desk at the thought of filling in their latest tax form, you’re wondering what the fuss is about. If you like to crunch numbers even in your spare time, why not think about a career as an assistant accountant?
You’ll work closely with a team of management accountants to keep the financial engine of an organisation ticking over. As well as giving you a chance to prove your mathematical prowess, an assistant accountant job can take you to many places as every business needs a reliable team of number crunchers.
An Accounts Assistant job is all about numbers, so duties are likely to range from helping to prepare financial statements to producing monthly management accounts. Other tasks you will be likely to take on include:
If you’re starting this as a newbie, don’t worry, you can still learn and earn. It’s common for assistant accountants to study for their accountancy qualifications while working and employers often allow for training demands. Although employers will look for a minimum of five GCSEs (A-C) including English and maths.
A large number of assistant accountants are graduates although this isn’t a necessity, as some enter the profession using alternative routes such as taking an accounting technician qualification (AAT).
A competent level of IT skills is also a bonus, including knowledge of Excel and some bookkeeping skills.
Most assistant accountants will be training for their accountancy qualification with one of the following bodies: