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How a bookkeeping course will kickstart a business and finance career

Carla Pulido Flores chose a Holmesglen accounting and bookkeeping course to help her start a career in business and finance. 

Carla now works as a bookkeeper for a Melbourne accounting firm, where she enjoys using the skills and knowledge she gained doing the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

What does a bookkeeper do? 

Bookkeepers undertake important administrative and financial work, which includes record keeping, accounts balancing, invoicing and financial reporting. 

FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping students learn how to use computerised accounting systems, prepare reports and financial statements, and maintain budgets and payroll systems – all important areas of any business. 

Carla says learning to use MYOB software during her course at Holmesglen boosted her confidence in her new job. 

“I feel prepared and understand what tasks need to be completed and how to ensure I'm doing them correctly,’ says Carla.  

“My teachers have taught me so much, especially tips when using MYOB software.”  

What makes a good bookkeeper?   

Bookkeepers need a strong attention to detail, and technical skills and business administrative knowledge are essential. 

And while they work on accounts, ledgers, budgets, reports, and other key financial instruments, their “soft skills” - how well they interact with colleagues, solve problems and manage workload - are as important as applied skills. 

Carla says a good bookkeeper needs to be organised, attentive and have strong time management skills. 

“Little mistakes can deeply impact the business in which you’re working. Time management is important, but attention to detail is a must.” 

The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping and FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting are on the Free TAFE list for eligible students.  

Find out more about our accounting and financial services courses and how to apply

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