Why ACCA? The expert view

Year in, year out, ACCA recruits new students and welcomes new members across the world, further extending its network of finance professionals that form a bedrock of support for one another’s career progression. Neil Johnson asks industry experts and ACCA members why the believe the qualification is so worthwhile

expert-view

Simon Smith, director, Commerce & Industry,
Marks Sattin

'It is a professional qualification that is instantly recognisable around the world. It’s a seal of approval and essential to have a qualification as an accountant to sign off on reports. ACCA gives a rounded view of finance and accountancy that will further an individual’s career and open up a range of opportunities both in and out of finance.'

Martin Fox, manager, Banking and Financial Services, Robert Walters

'The UK is one of the most mature accounting markets in the world and thus possessing a professional accountancy qualification is standard to be able to compete. Recruiters and employers will enquire how long it has taken a candidate to complete the ACCA, so I recommended finishing the exams as soon as possible to ensure maximum career and salary development.'

Giles McIntyre, associate director, Investigo

'Ideally anyone who wishes to have a career in finance and achieve senior management positions in the future should have a formal qualification in accounting and finance. The ACCA qualification is highly regarded by employers.

'While it is not impossible to be in a senior management position without one, there is more and more emphasis being placed on qualifications and quite simply more choice available to qualified accountants, than non-qualified. The qualification is assurance for the employer of your technical knowledge, so coupled with your experience they can determine your suitability for a role.'

Josh Rufus, manager – public practice, Morgan McKinley

'ACCA is internationally recognised, so if you do wish to travel you will be able to do so with ease – accountancy seems to be one of those professions where positions all around the world are freely available – many people will become qualified and then take the opportunity to visit new countries.'

Andrew Setchell, director, Commerce & Industry, Robert Walters

'Having a professional qualification is essential for employers to benchmark each candidate, it shows passion and drive but also gives a good account of technical ability and experience.'

Okurapa Samuel FCCA, CIA, CFSA,CPA, IIA, head of internal audit, Sonarwa General Insurance, Uganda

'I have benefited as a member and I encourage all students and affiliates to follow their chosen career path to attain membership. You are only a complete professional once you’re a member. You can then benefit from various aspects of the profession and enjoy recognition from potential employers, which could lead to your dream job.'

Stephen J Bowen FCCA, lease accounting IFRS 16 specialist, BBC, UK

'ACCA is a globally recognised institution that provides a passport to an excellent career.'

Ramesh Ramakrishnan FCCA, ACMA, senior consultant at Tata Consultancy Services, India

'ACCA is immediately recognisable worldwide.'

Rhonda Best, director, Business Growth Specialist, Alexander Bain & Associates, UK

'The flexibility of the accounting qualification (every business, organisation, institution has a finance function) and ACCA's recognition of talent (not wealth/contacts/ circumstances) are what stands out for me.'

Neil Johnson, writer

"You are only a complete professional once you’re an ACCA member. You can then benefit from various aspects of the profession and enjoy recognition from potential employers, which could lead to your dream job"

Okurapa Samuel FCCA, CIA, CFSA,CPA, IIA, - Head of internal audit, Sonarwa General Insurance, Uganda