Kick-start your career in accountancy
IF you enjoy working with numbers, or are currently working in an accounting-related role but do not have a formal qualification, seriously consider enrolling for a career in accounting,” says Umaimah Kamalludin, who is Association of Chartered Certified Accountants/ Certified Accounting Technician (ACCA/CAT) programme coordinator of UCSI Professional Academy.
UCSI Professional Academy (UPA) believes that it can provide a prestigious path for students and working adults to obtain an ACCA certificate.
The ACCA qualification can open doors and shape your career in finance and accountancy or wherever you want to go in business.
“An internationally recognised accounting qualification, coupled with some work experience, is the passport to employment worldwide.
“Career prospects are excellent. Once qualified, accountants enjoy above-average financial rewards,” Umaimah explained.
There are thousands of talented young Malaysians, who mistakenly believe that because they have not completed Accounting in matriculation, they will never be able to pursue a career in accounting.
UPA has always believed in creating opportunities for those seeking to enter the field of accounting. For this reason, it has devised a number of entry and exit points in the profession.
ACCA’s CAT enables candidates to fulfil the accounting role at a technical level and provides for open access requirements. The basic requirements is that candidates must be 16 years or older and they must be literate and numerate.
The qualification is well-suited for schoolleavers as well as those individuals, who have some workplace experience in the accounting field but do not have a formal accounting qualification.
CAT can be used as an introduction to the accountancy profession or as an accelerated route to the ACCA Professional Qualification.
UPA’s candidates, who have completed a CAT qualification, are typically employed as an accounts clerk, wages clerk, accounting assistant, sales ledger clerk, tax assistant, book keeper, financial controller or accounts manager.
Candidates with work experience may be exempted from certain papers through recognition of prior learning.
The flexibility of the ACCA qualification provides multiple entry points for candidates while ensuring that equity, quality and rigout are not compromised.
Other than entering the ACCA qualification via the CAT route or directly from school, ACCA recognises the relevance of prior learning and awards exemptions on the basis of qualifications awarded by recognised institutions.
With UPA, candidates with the ACCA Professional qualification holds highly sought-after positions as financial directors, CEOs, CFOs and partners in companies and firms worldwide.
The flexibility of the ACCA Qualification means that it doesn’t limit candidates to one particular sector. Whether your career takes you into the fashion industry or forensic accounting, whether you work in the United Kingdom or abroad, the ACCA Qualification is flexible, robust and respected by employers around the world.
Candidates have the opportunity of working in any sectors they choose, be it public practice, public sector, financial services or corporate sector, giving access to a broad range of complex and interesting roles.
A mature student entry route is also available. Here candidates must be above 21 years old. Candidates are required to pass two papers within two years of the date for their first eligible ACCA examination session.
Also, an exemption from a relevant degree means fewer exams are needed. As the qualification isn’t tied to a training contract, you can take your hard work with you whenever you switch jobs.
In UPA, candidates can work and train in any sector, giving them the freedom to pick the path they want.
Accountants are always in demand, even during recessions, and ACCA sets a syllabus that ensures they get a solid foundation in all areas of finance before specialising at the end. Start your accounting journey today with UPA.
UPA started off in 2007 as a language school that provided services to its parent company, UCSI University. In 2012, UPA introduced foreign languages as well as professional courses such as financing courses and ACCA under its two main divisions – namely Centre for Language Studies and Centre for Professional studies.
For more information, visit UPA’s Open Day on Jan 2 (Damansara Uptown) or go to www.ucsiprofessionalacademy.edu.my
UCSI’s Accounting & Finance students on an industrial visit to Kenanga Investment Bank.