Making a move into accounting could see you land in any industry. Accounting program manager Ben Sethia shares his tips on how to switch to a career in accounting.
The versatility of accounting makes it an attractive career move. RMIT offers the Certificate IV in Accounting - an entry program for students with no previous accounting experience or those leaving school.
How is the Certificate IV in Accounting suitable for people looking for a career change?
We start from the fundamentals, so people who have no accounting background can easily fit in. The focus of the course is on foundation accounting principles and soft skills required within the accounting industry. Previous professional experience is useful, but not necessary.
Changing careers can be a nerve-wracking prospect. Is it achievable?
It is achievable because we support our students in a variety of ways. In the Certificate IV of Accounting, we have class sizes of no more than 30. And we have about 20 hours of face-to-face learning per week blended with online learning and a lot of teacher and mentor support.
In your opinion, what’s the best thing about a career in accounting?
Accounting is a profession that can lead into any industry and any type of role. There is a lot of demand for accountants. Accountancy is one of 100 skilled occupations in shortage in Australia, according to the Department of Employment.
What careers are available to graduates?
The Certificate IV in Accounting prepares students to work at a para-professional level. This includes BAS agents, accounts assistants, payroll assistants, bookkeepers, accounting clerks and payroll officers.
Graduates of the Diploma of Accounting will be prepared for similar roles thanks to their skills in of preparing, implementing and controlling financial budgets, forecasting, financial reporting, computerised accounting systems, and providing management accounting information.
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Accounting will be ready for roles in accounting, accounting support or accounting technician in financial institutions, retail stores and other businesses. Upon satisfying the work experience requirement, they can also be registered as a tax agent.
How are RMIT’s accounting courses informed by industry connections?
Industry input helps shape our courses and give our students the most up to date accountancy skills. Regular seminars held on campus with industry speakers cover topics on evolving trends such as cloud accounting and demonstrations of software systems.
Recently, Colin Walker, Deputy Commissioner of Taxation from the ATO provided incredible insights into the accounting and tax industry and Anne La Fontaine, Region Controller – Asia Pacific and Japan from Hewlett Packard spoke about career resilience and outsourcing of accounting functions.
One of the biggest benefits of these seminars is that they give our students the opportunity to network with leading firms and to be inspired by those in the roles they’re training towards.
The Accounting program is supported by all major accounting bodies such as CPA, AAT, IPA and ICB. A program advisory committee with representatives from industry provide valuable advice and insight into the currency and development of RMIT's accounting programs.
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Story: Kate Jones