In the quest to provide valuable career information to secondary school leavers and undergraduates, Knowbase consult conducted an interview with an ICAN certified, practicing accountant with over 5 years working experience in the banking sector.
What advice do you have for Secondary School Leavers?
Secondary School Leavers who have sat and passed the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) should register for the Accounting Technicians Scheme West Africa (ATSWA) – an affiliate body of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). This gives prospective accounting students a focus, it keeps them on course to achieve their dream of being an Accountant. It also help prepare such students for the professional examination and gives them an edge when they get admitted to study accounting in the tertiary institution.
Upon successful completion the ATSWA examination, such students are recognized as Associate Accounting Technician (AAT) which is much recognized in West African countries and can be used to secure a job.
What advice do you have for baby-accountants?
Young accountants should have a clear career plan, stay focused, disciplined, dedicated and be consistent. He further stressed that young accountants should avoid working with a bank. He said it is challenging for young accountants to develop themselves while working in the bank.
End of Interview.
Undergraduates who have the means and academic ability to write the ICAN examinations should do so. During my undergraduate days I had few friends who were able to achieve this feat. They were ICAN certified upon graduation from the University. You too can do same.
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