Recently Qualified Accountant Career Options 2018 has been developed specifically to assist recently qualified accountants with their first move after completing their training contract. Myself (Deloitte trained ACA) and Niall O’Kelly (PwC trained ACA) have both been through the process as candidates and together have successfully managed the recruitment of hundreds of recently qualified accountants.

I understand that the decision to make your first career move can be a daunting one, so let me take you through some of your options, what they are, and where they can take you:


1. Financial Accountant

Financial accounting professionals are responsible for public reporting of a company or organization’s financial status. Your work could include preparing financial statements and reports, advising company leaders on investment practices and strategies, detecting trends and forecasting future needs, and communicating a company’s financial status to company leaders and external audiences.

Your career path


2. Financial Analyst, Commercial Accountant or in Financial Planning & Analysis

These types of roles tend to be internal reporting as opposed to external and involve the preparation of information that is used in the decision making process so it is more commercially focused and tend to include KPI reporting to senior management, budgeting, forecasting, and variance analysis.

Your career path


3. Internal Audit

The role of internal audit is to provide independent assurance that an organisation's risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively. This includes providing assurance for risk management, control, and governance systems, performing risk assessments on key business activities, preparing reports to highlight issues, and assessing business regulation compliance.

Your career path


4. Corporate Finance Executive

Corporate Finance professionals are responsible for a wide range of products and services including initial public offerings, private and public company fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, management and leveraged buyouts, disposals, company valuations and general strategic advice.

Your career path


5. Tax Accountant

Tax accountants are responsible for the tax reporting and tax compliance for a company or a group of companies.  You may also be involved in tax planning and supporting the business in terms of how best structure various transactions and manage their group affairs.

Your career path



   Mark Baker

   Recruitment Manager,

   Recently Qualified Accountants