Five reasons to become a Chartered Accountant

Five reasons to become a Chartered Accountant

If you’re thinking about a career in business, accountancy or finance, then becoming a Chartered Accountant can take you there: find out why it could be one of the best choices you ever make. 

1. A great choice of career paths

Qualifying as an ICAS Chartered Accountant (CA) will open many doors for your career.

After gaining our prestigious, highly respected CA qualification you could go on to work within the highest levels of accountancy, finance or business. 

From cutting-edge technology companies to global financial centres, accountancy firms and government bodies, becoming a CA is your passport to success. If you've got an entrepreneurial streak, chartered accountancy also offers the perfect foundation for starting your own business.

2. Interesting and exciting work 

The stereotype is that chartered accountancy is dull and boring. However, the reality is anything but! You’ll do so much more than crunch numbers: as a chartered accountant you will get to grips with what it means to make (and keep!) a business successful. 

ICAS CAs have truly amazing careers, from helping organise the Rio 2016 Olympics to working for top brand names and setting up successful businesses. Just take a look at what some of our CAs have achieved with their careers.

3. The potential to work anywhere in the world.

As a CA the world really is your oyster: you’ll be in demand at home, and abroad. The ICAS CA qualification is internationally recognised and respected around the world. With 14% of ICAS members now based overseas, you’ll be in good company if you decide an international career is for you.

4. Great salary and benefits

Starting salaries for chartered accountants are pretty impressive, and compare favourably with salaries for those starting out in law, general management and banking. Once you qualify, you can earn anything from £26,000 to £50,000 per annum for your chosen career path. 

Future salary prospects for chartered accountants are also great: according to a recent salary survey, more than 40% of ICAS members got an above-inflation pay rise in 2015.

5. A secure profession

Companies, no matter their size, need chartered accountants. What’s more, chartered accountancy is recognised as one of the most recession-proof professions in the UK. If you choose to become a chartered accountant, your career is likely to be stable with strong demand for your skills. 

If you want your career to be challenging, rewarding and exciting, becoming an ICAS CA offers all of this, and more.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards becoming a CA, our dedicated website is your next stop. You can find out more about the CA qualification, read extraordinary CA stories and search for job vacancies that are relevant to you.

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Who is ICAS?  

ICAS was the first ever professional body for accountants, established in 1854. Since then we’ve grown into a global community of CAs. Our members work in more than 100 countries and we train CAs all across the UK. With over 21,000 members working in the UK and internationally, we have a truly global reach.


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