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 they believe the qualification is so worthwhile
'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.'
'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.'
'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.'
'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.'
'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.'
'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.'
'ACCA is a globally recognised institution that provides a passport to an excellent career.'
'ACCA is immediately recognisable worldwide.'
'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