I Have Finished My Accounting Qualification, Now What?

I Have Finished My Accounting Qualification, Now What?

Date Published: December 22, 2020

Now that you have completed your accounting qualification, you need to know how to move forward. 

  • Create your CV
  • Decide if you want to work full or part-time
  • Do you want a contract or to freelance?
  • Network to find work 
  • Look for a job 
  • Further your studies 

Create Your CV

Your CV is the first impression that a potential employer will have of you. That is why it is important for you to have the best possible CV. 

All good CV’s include the following:  

  • Personal Information 
  • Personal Statement 
  • Key Skills 
  • Qualifications and Educational History 
  • Employment History 
  • Personal Interests and Hobbies
  • References 

Here is an article about how to write the perfect accountant CV. 

If you are in need of a CV template, click here.

Part-Time or Full Time

As an accountant, you have the ability to choose whether you would like to work full time or part-time. Often, accounting jobs at smaller firms offer part-time contracts.

This is a great idea if you are a parent or if you are continuing your studies. 

Full-time work as an accountant is a great way to gain experience and build a good reputation for yourself within the industry.

Accountants have rather long working hours, especially over tax season. Keep this in mind when looking for a job. 

Freelance or Contracted

Accountants can either choose to freelance or get a contract. Freelancing accountants do not struggle to find work because there is a high demand for accountants in South Africa. 

By freelancing, you are essentially running your own accounting business. This means that you can choose your own working hours, clients and specialities. 

A contracted accounting job gives you a steady income and job security. You will not be able to choose your own schedule and clients, but can be sure that your work is stable.


Networking is the best way to get clients as an accountant. Keep in mind that one of the best ways to attract new clients is through word of mouth or referrals.  

The better service you give to your clients, the more potential clients you might receive from good word of mouth. 

Be sure to also use social media as a way to network and market your business. Try creating a website and a Facebook page.

The more social networking platforms you use, the more potential clients you will be able to reach. 

Look for a Job

Here is a list of the top job search engines that you can use to help you when looking for a job. 

Be sure to apply to each job with a CV specifically catered to the position and its requirements.

Further Your Studies

Finishing your accounting qualification could mean that you are still able to further your studies. 

The more qualifications you have, the better the chance of finding employment. It will also help you start a successful business as you will have more knowledge in the subject. 

Click here to see all the ICB Financial Accounting courses offered by Matric College.

Author: Andrea Frisby 

Published: December 22, 2020


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