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How an accounting course can get students started in business

Accounting article imageAccounting is a core part of all business operations and offers many career opportunities for young people. Holmesglen offers study options at main qualification levels, including a certificate and diploma, which are both Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses for eligible students. Holmesglen also offer a Bachelor's degree and Master's program.

Our teaching staff are passionate about giving students a practical learning experience that prepares them for this expansive industry.

“Money is a fundamental unit in business. Accountants enable businesses to operate. That’s why I wanted to be a part of this groundwork machinery that sits at the foundation of businesses,” says Business and Finance Senior Educator Uthaya Kumuran.

Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Senior Educator Clare Milligan agrees.

“Accounting is always in demand and is one of Australia’s fastest-growing occupations,” Clare says.

“Being an accountant is a great career for young people. Accountants earn good money and can basically work anywhere in the world.”

What can you do with an accounting course at Holmesglen?

Holmesglen accounting courses provide practical learning, where students practise their skills in real-life scenarios, using industry software such as MYOB.

Industry guest speakers also feature as part of the learning.

The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping can be completed in just five months and allows graduates to be job-ready and qualify as members with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and  Association of Accounting Technicians Australia.

They can also choose to continue to the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting for another six months and then get 12 months or eight credits heading into the Bachelor of Business (Accounting).

This gives students great flexibility with their study goals.

The Bachelor program is accredited with relevant professional bodies, which ensures graduates have the foundations to become a Certified Public Accountant or Chartered Accountant.

 These include:  
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Certified Practising Accounts (CPA) Australia
  • Institute of Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

Bachelor of Accounting student Teresa Lam says she’s benefitted from the industry-experienced teachers.

“They have been practical and helpful to me as I’ve learned learning from their past experiences and insights.”  

Fellow degree student Sonela Raggoo worked in accounting before her new course and wanted to extend her skills and knowledge.

"Holmesglen’s multiculturalism and diversity provides a sense of belonging. Everyone is so friendly and easy to get along with.”

What work does an accountant do?

Accountants work on many different tasks and generally work in teams dealing with various aspects of finance and budget.

Students completing a certificate course can work in accounts receivable, accounts payable, bookkeeping and payroll in banks, the service industry and manufacturing. These areas are in high demand across various sectors.

Diploma graduates are well placed to start their own businesses.

Bachelor program graduates can become taxation officers, bankers, entrepreneurs, forensic accountants, investment managers, auditors, stockbroking managers, traders, investment analysts, financial advisors and management consultants.

There are also opportunities in some lesser-known career streams, such as designing accounting software, working for a non-profit for those who are passionate about supporting a cause, becoming an entertainment accountant and looking after the finances of a celebrity/movie, or even becoming a forensic accountant to fight crime.

Sonela aims to work for a major accounting firm, while Teresa hopes to complete her CAANZ program studies and work for a global corporation.

What skills make a good accountant?

Our accounting senior educators believe a good accountant must be someone who has:

  • excellent communication
  • strong time management skills
  • an eye for detail
  • high morals and trustworthiness. 

Sonela was drawn to her degree by these qualities and has enjoyed growing her professional traits:

“With accounting you never stop learning. I’m always learning something, and it opens doors to many opportunities.”

"Accounting studies are very practical and related to life,” adds Teresa.

Students wanting to explore their accounting study and career options can find out more and apply via the Accounting course pages
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