What can I do with my degree in Accounting and Finance?
Accounting and Finance careers
The jobs listed below are a selection of those which may interest Accounting and Finance students and graduates. Although many of these careers are open to graduates in other subjects, an Accounting and Finance degree will obviously be useful and some employers may give preference to relevant graduates. Accounting and Finance graduates are also likely to be eligible for exemptions from some professional accountancy exams.
Chartered accountants provide financial advice to clients that range from multinational organisations and governmental bodies to small independent businesses. Accountants often specialise in particular areas of practice, including audit, management consultancy, recovery, forensic accountancy, taxation, assurance, and corporate finance.
Job profile of a chartered accountant from the Prospects website
Job profile of a chartered accountant from the TARGET Jobs website
Inside Careers: Chartered Accountancy
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Chartered Certified Accountant
Chartered certified accountants provide a wide range of accountancy services in a variety of sectors. These range from working with clients in private practice to financial reporting and advice within organisations.
Job profile of a chartered certified accountant from the Prospects website
Job profile of a chartered certified accountant from the TARGET Jobs website
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Chartered Management Accountant
Chartered management accountants use financial information to analyse business performance and provide strategic advice to management colleagues.
Job profile of a chartered management accountant from the Prospects website
Job profile of a chartered management accountant from the TARGET Jobs website
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Chartered Public Finance Accountant
Chartered public finance accountants provide accounting services and advice to public sector bodies, ensuring that they deliver value for money. They make work within these public bodies, in particular within local government and the NHS, or be employed in private practice, advising public sector clients on a consultancy basis.
Job profile of a chartered public finance accountant from the Prospects website
Job profile of a chartered public finance accountant from the TARGET Jobs website
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants
Investment banking relates primarily to raising capital for companies and other organisations, the provision of mergers and acquisition advice or advice on specific issues such as raising loans or stock exchange flotations.
Retail bankers work in “high street” banks and building societies and also for online banks and other providers of banking and financial services. They assist individuals and small businesses with financial services ranging from loans and mortgages to savings and investments.
Tax advisers provide advisory and consultancy services to clients, both corporate and private, ensuring that they comply with tax law and benefit from any tax advantages and exemptions. Many tax advisers train and work in chartered accountancy firms.
Please note that some of these careers may require further study.
For further information on these careers, see also:
- I Want To Work in Accountancy
- I Want To Work In Banking
- Information on types of jobs from Prospects
- Information on career sectors from TargetJobs
People in some Accounting and Finance roles may be self-employed
What do Accounting and Finance graduates from the University of Kent do?
Every year the University of Kent participates in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey to find out what graduates are doing after finishing their courses. You can access this information here. Please note that this webpage is password protected and only accessible by University of Kent staff and students.
The examples shown reflect the destinations of students six months after graduation. Keep in mind that at this early stage some graduates may not have made long-term career choices or entered a graduate-level job role. You will find many examples of graduates who have entered graduate schemes and professional careers, but there may also be some graduates working in temporary employment or taking time out to volunteer, travel or gain appropriate work experience. The destination data is useful for generating career ideas and it also shows that as a Kent graduate you have a very wide range of career options open to you, whatever your degree subject!
The data is collected by UK universities and submitted to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), which publishes summary reports for all UK Higher Education Institutions. For more details about the DLHE process visit the HESA website
Higher Education Careers Services Unit: What do graduates do? Published in 2015 and based on data from 2013/14 graduates Accountancy and Finance (all institutions)