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How to Start Your Accounting Career

How to Start Your Accounting Career

You want to be an accountant. You love numbers, maths and money. So, how do you get started? Where do you go to get certified so that your services will be in demand? If you do not have any recognised qualifications, your clients will not be able to know if your standards meet their requirements. People hire Chartered Certified Accountants with a full practicing certificate because they know that they can trust in their expertise.

Any old accountancy certification will not do. You need an internationally recognised global qualification to compete in today’s industry, and the ACCA qualification fits this demand perfectly. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the world’s largest international accountancy body, with over 300,000 members and students in more than 160 countries. Founded in 1904, ACCA has over 100 years of history as a leader in the development of the global accountancy profession. The United Nations has chosen the ACCA syllabus as the basis of its global accountancy curriculum and the ACCA qualification is well recognised in an ever-growing list of countries including the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Pakistan. Many ACCA graduates work in premier companies such as British Airways and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

The syllabus spans 16 topics each with its own examination to test your competency in that subject. It usually takes 2 years for a student to obtain the ACCA qualification. This is broken up into the “Fundamentals” stage that consists of 9 papers and the “Professional” stage that consists of 3 papers and a choice of 4 options. With so many examinations to pass, self-study can be difficult. The good news is that there are many professional accounting and finance schools such as FTMS Global that offer ACCA courses. The better ones have a cast of highly qualified and experienced lecturers who are ACCA-certified. These teachers know what the ACCA syllabus requires and can dramatically increase your chances of passing the examinations. Definitely, it is highly recommended to enlist the aid of a mentor who can show you the ropes.

After qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant by passing the examinations, to obtain the practising certificate you must have had sufficient experience in a practising accountant’s office. On top of all that, you must continue to keep yourself updated by attending courses on a regular basis. The ACCA is the only accountancy body that provides a disciplinary system which offers remedy if any ACCA member breaches its high standards.

Once you obtain the ACCA certification, your clients know with certainty that they can depend on:

– Your integrity

– Your absolute respect for the confidentiality of your client’s affairs

– Your knowledge and expertise

– The fact that there is a regulatory body who will ensure that standards are maintained

– The fact that you must operate within a strict framework of rules and ethics

The entry requirements of the ACCA qualification are 2 A-Level passes or a …

Hot Dental Careers

Hot Dental Careers

Regardless of what career in the dental field you desire you will need schooling. Learn more about the most common dental careers and what it takes to set foot in them.

Dentist

Dentistry is among the best paying healthcare jobs and there are plenty of opportunities for employment. Unlike doctors, dentists reap the benefits of regular office hours and typically have their weekends off. General dentist fill cavities take care of false teeth and do other basic dental tasks.

To be a dentist you should be good with your hands, have a good memory and be physically capable of bending over all day to see in patient's mouths. Dentists take an average of 3-4 years of regular college and then they must attend 4 years of dental school.

Orthodontist

If you want to be an orthodontist you will need to participate in 2 to 3 years of additional training. Orthodontist straighten teeth with braces, rubber bands, retainers and headgear. Orthodontists make more money than general dentists do. This makes the extra schooling well-worth the time. However, orthodontist general have to have a liking for children because most of their patients are adolescents.

Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists are like the nurseries of the dental world. They help comfort and assist patients through their dental procedures and perform a variety of other tasks. Dental hygienist take and develop x-rays, get an oral history, prepare charts, clean teeth, teach oral hygiene practices to patients, make impressions for false teeth and perform office tasks. To become a dental hygienist a person must attend school for two years and take a licensing exam.

Dental Lab Technician

Dental lab technicians perform a variety of tasks based on individual patients needs. Typically, they work directly with dentists and follow detailed written instructions and or using molds to create a variety of dental fixes. They make dentures, removable parts, fixed bridges, crowns, veneers and orthodontics. They work with waxes, plastics, alloys, stainless steel, polymer, porcelain, and composites.

Dental lab technicians must attend a two year program in which they earn an Associate's Degree or certificate. They can also attend a four year program to earn a Bachelor Degree in dental technology. …

It's Never Too Late To Start A Second Career

It's Never Too Late To Start A Second Career

We had a celebratory lunch yesterday with my parents as my mum is turning 73 on Tuesday. My mum is still healthy albeit it does not hear well even with a hearing aid.

My mum started her second career about a decade ago after having been a housewife almost all her life. In her younger years, before the children came along she was a hair dresser. I remember being the subject of her styling experiments when I was young.

Today, she is back in the hair dressing business. But she no longer stands behind customers styling her hair though she knows the business very well. She is now the 'Pantry Director' a title her much younger collections have lovingly given her. In her 'office' she makes some kick-axx (pardon my language!) Iced lemon tea. And she is so well known for it that many customers of the salon specifically ask for her iced lemon tea when they are there.

She loves her time there and being around much younger collections, most of them young enough to be her grandchildren and she finds pleasure in serving the customers and talking shop with the youngsters.

Being in the salon for six days a week, she gets her daily exercise walking up and down the salon serving customers and being updated on the latest trends. On many occasions we have toyed with the idea that maybe it would be better for her to stop work, but we realized that it is the work that is helping her to stay healthy and have more zest for life.

Too often people do not give themselves second chances, thinking that if they have reached a certain age they should not be working anymore. But for some people it is through working and serving that gives them more meaning in life. For my mum it is her way of feeling financially empowered.

It is never too late to start a second career, or a career for that matter! Life is about constantly learning anyway and if we settle quickly into a state of contentment without any motivation for more, then life has eaten us. We are no longer in charge of our lives.

I am proud of my mother for her path towards financial empowerment. How much longer her career as Pantry Director will last we do not know. But as long as it is keeping her healthy she will be there six days a week.

If you happen to be at the Next Salon at Holland Village (Singapore) do say hello to her. …