If you think about how accountants are portrayed in the mainstream media, you’ll probably be thinking about smartly dressed individuals balancing calls in the car and books in the office. They walk with pride, they get respect wherever they go, and they are the heart of some of the most challenging and complex business transactions. But how did these individuals get to be like that? What did they perform like as students to be in such a successful place in their careers? Here, we detail some of the key attributes and skills that you’ll need to be a good accountancy student so that you can set yourself on track to enjoy that level of success.
Having an eye for detail
Accountancy demands the ability to pay attention to the finest of the fine print. If you’re good with figures, you’re probably half way there. Being able to handle a wealth of information and ensure that no stone goes left unturned is critical in this business.
Thinking outside the box
When you’re in the middle of a complex transaction, you need to be looking at the issues from all angles. It’s not enough just to follow the rules – you have to know what else you can do if you run into stumbling blocks. Being able to think outside the box, come up with new ideas quickly, and deliver results consistently even in the face of adversity is your goal.
Part of your job as an accountant is not just getting the right figure at the end of the day, but helping your employer or clients get a great deal. Negotiation is key in that respect. Being able to talk to a range of people confidently and respectfully is important here, as is your ability to assess how interests of various parties play off of each other.
At Mont Rose College, we know how to identify and develop these important traits. As a partner college of Bucks New University, we have the faculty and the resources to ensure that your talents do not go to waste. We offer various HND, HNC and degree programmes in a range of fields, including business and accountancy, and what is more, all of our courses are funded by Student Finance England. That means that no matter your financial background, if you have the desire to succeed in accountancy, we can help you get there. Contact us today.