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The finance and accounting sector is particularly important to the economy of South Africa and is populated by those who have a desired interest in working with the figures that make the economy tick. In the sector are those with financial management, accounting and auditing skills, each discipline an essential element to the efficient running of an organisation, whether it’s a large corporation or a small venture.
There is a shortage of such skills at all levels in the sector, which translates into many exciting and challenging opportunities for young talent. There are different pathways into finance and accounting careers, often linked to membership of professional bodies and leading to different career opportunities.
It is possible for an auditor to become a management accountant or financial manager in an organisation outside the finance and accounting sector. Similarly, it is possible for an accountant to become an internal auditor. However, one needs to be aware of the registration and other legal requirements for certain occupations.