The skills of an accountant…

For those considering a job in the accounting industry, there are some very select skills that you’ll require to be the best accountant you can be. Not only do aspiring accountants need to be good with numbers, there are other essential skills required for the position…

Communications skills

Communication is a valuable skill for any work place and accountancy involves more communication than you may have originally thought. It’s not just sitting in front of your computer all day long, at times, you will need to attend meetings, liaise with colleagues, update management on key issues that have occurred, not to mention meeting with clients. So, communicating efficiently and effectively is a key factor of an accountant’s role.

Practised and well-tuned interpersonal skills are always useful skills to have, especially when it comes to networking, or a new co-worker starting. Asserting yourself when meeting new people will serve you well in terms of establishing relations that could be profitable.

Analytical skills

In order to process the various forms of data and information that you’re likely to come across in the role of accountancy, it’s important to evaluate it both correctly and effectively. This is where analytical skills will come in handy. Making decisions is something that requires a high level of analytical skill in order to select the best possible business solutions.

Leadership

Employees recognise the value of having strong leadership skills, those with such skills in addition to finance and accounting know-how make strong contenders when it comes to being hired. And if you’re reaching our for executive roles further down the line, a track record of leading teams and delivering results will stand you in good stead.

Time management

Good time-management and organisational skills go hand in hand. Being able to organise your own workload and diary is important, as is ensuring you’re on time for work, for client meetings and with deadlines. It’s not all about having great accountancy skills, fundamental skills such as organisation are important too. Managing your priorities and juggling tasks is a major element of an accountancy role.

Adaptability

There’s no use being a rigid thinker in an industry that’s constantly evolving and changing. Being non-receptive to change, instead of accepting and encouraging of it will only hold you back. Whilst being able to adapt quickly will go in your favour. Creative accounting is a strong part of many of the new roles on the market, which encourages thinking outside of the box to solve complex problems. Employers are in search of individuals who have an open mind and who are prepared to use their accounting skills in various ways.

So, do you think you have what it takes to become an adaptable, analytical, organised accountant? For those of you who are interested in pursuing a career in accounting, our helpful team at UKCBC can answer any questions you may have. Contact a member of the team today for more information.

2 thoughts on “5 Essential Skills Every Aspiring Accountant Needs

  1. 19th April 2017

    Magdalena Reply

    How much maths is necessary for accounting, I understand that maths is important but do you need to be good at maths or amazing (i assume there are programmes/calculators to help)

    • 20th April 2017

      Ana Oliveira Reply

      Hi Magdalena. A basic level of maths will be helpful and you will be able to develop these skills during the course. If you would like to get more information about AAT please call our course advisors on 020 8518 4994 or write to enquiries@ukcbc.ac.uk.

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