No Degree? Take a Look at These 10 Careers

With more people choosing to go to University than ever before, the number of graduate scheme applications has increased, reducing the probability of success for each individual. With this in mind, not having a degree can sometimes feel like a deal-breaker when applying for work. However, this is far from the truth. There are a variety of professions that you can enter with no degree and degree attainment on its own no longer guarantees success.

The average salary in the UK is £27,000. We have collated a list of jobs with no degree requirement and that pay more than the national average. No matter why you choose not to go to university, the fact is that it isn’t the right choice for everyone. So, we have featured below a few jobs for you to consider which may help you on your way to achieving career success without higher education.

Recruitment Consultant

With more and more jobs appearing on the market every day, it’s important that there are individuals who have the ability to organise and interpret these positions to people who would best suit them. It is estimated that the recruitment industry is worth £30 billion and this is only likely to increase.

Sales skills are a must for this role, along with a good attitude when dealing with customers. You may be required to work with a whole range of roles, from sourcing educational professionals from overseas to finding tradespeople for a certain project. If you have extensive knowledge about a specific career niche, then you can specialise in that area of recruitment. Expect to start at £38,000, with commission usually on top.

Fire Fighter

no degreeEvery local community has a fire fighting service. The team has many key roles in addition to their life-saving responsibility that they are most renowned for. Firefighters also work with the community to teach them about fire prevention, which is an incredibly valuable role. You should be fit for this role and have the ability to take control of a team when needed. Staying calm in critical and dangerous situations is essential. You could earn anything between £28,000 and £55,000 depending on how far up the ladder you manage to climb.

Air Traffic Controller

No degree is required to be an Air Traffic Controller. However, you will need other training. National Air Traffic Services provide courses, and you can expect up to five months of training, plus up to four years of on the job training before you are fully qualified. An understanding of maths, in addition to good reflexes, are essential qualities to have in the role. This is a job that is vital to keeping our transport networks running smoothly. The importance of the job is reflected in the average salary, which can start from around £80,000.

Digital Marketing

The internet age has brought with it an abundance of jobs, including Search Engine Optimisation roles and Pay Per Click work. You could also work in the field of email marketing, that targets people based on their preferences to encourage them to purchase from specific stores or visit those websites. Experience in this field is crucial to progress up the ladder, but you can expect to earn more than £30,000 if you have a sharp and agile mind.


If you think that you can’t earn money from your hobby and passion for make-up, then think again. Careers in the beauty No degreeindustry are becoming more prevalent than ever, propelled by the availability of stronger advertising via a variety of social media channels. Build up a portfolio and undergo relevant training either at a college or on the job at your local salon. It enables you to use your drive and love of beauty to create a career that you will excel in. You could earn more than £30,000 by opening your own salon or setting up a freelance business.

Fashion Designer

The world of fashion is one where experience is definitely worth more than any qualifications, as your abilities can be seen in the work that you produce. Take the time to hone your talents and produce samples. It’s also a good idea to try and work alongside industry professionals if you get the chance. This will help you to learn about the market. It may take a while to find your break in the industry, but no degree is not a barrier to a huge earning potential.


In a world of non-stop media, there are more opportunities for journalists than ever before – not only in newspapers but also on the television and radio. You will need an NCTJ approved qualification. However, if you have good reporting skills, along with a key knowledge of the area you’d like to write about, then you’re already halfway there. Add to that a drive to succeed, a proactive nature and a hunger for a story, and you may well be on your way to becoming a top journalist. Expect to earn at least £38,000.

Police Officer

Being a Police Officer means that you will be one of the most valued and respected people in your local community. With the role comes a huge responsibility to help people and keep the peace. If you enjoy listening to people, are good at judging situations and acting upon instinct quickly and calmly, then a career in the police force might be perfect for you. Working up the ranks could allow you to earn more than £41,000.

Public Relations

Working in the industry of Public Relations demands that you use your initiative and authority to find opportunities which will aid your campaigns and benefit your clients. Being a team player is a must. Also, the knowledge of the various methods to leverage your projects so that they gain success. The salary that you can expect will depend on your ability, skills, and experience. You may be able to find roles that will pay more than £100,000 for your efforts.


Hairdressers are in high demand. They attain the ability to make others look and feel good. There is an opportunity to develop skills in the industry to make you an even more desirable candidate. A senior stylist could earn more than £30,000. If you choose to open your own salon or find work in the media industry, such as on TV and film sets, your earning potential is higher. You may need to build up your earnings slowly, but the potential is definitely there.

Can’t make your mind up?

Don’t worry if you’re still not sure about the career that you would like to pursue. There is something to suit everybody, even if you may not have found it in the list above. Instead, consider the following tips, which will help you in your search:

  • What interests you? What skills do you have? No matter what hobbies you enjoy, you will always be developing skills that are transferrable to the workplace.
  • When you have identified your key skills, do your research. See the kinds of jobs that people with your skills and no degree are able to do. Also, see how much you might be able to earn, and the training that you would need to undertake, to actually get the job.
  • Remember, that no matter which path you go down, it’s never too late to change your mind and take an entirely different path. No decision is final. It may take time to finally find the job that is perfect for you as an individual.

Get an idea of what’s available for people with your interests and skills.  A careers test could be a good option.

The National Careers Service is a great website to start your research. Here, you can get CV and interview advice and look at lots of different career profiles with no degree requirement.

No degree does not limit your career options. There are over 500,000 job roles in the world of work (only 400 in 1700)! Once you’ve found the right career, it could change your life – so don’t rush your decision. Take your time to consider your options. You will find that the outcome of your deliberations will bring you great rewards in the future.

Thanks to our friend Holly Barry for this post @HJBarry.

How to Turn a Limitation into a Strength

An enduring weakness differs from a temporary limitation. For example, you might always struggle with standing up and presenting to an audience and have some disasters along the way, especially through inexperience. But you can learn how to get by with practice. And sometimes avoiding the things that don’t come naturally can result in missed opportunities in your job and career. You won’t know if the limitation you perceive is temporary or something more enduring until you test things out. Here are some examples of breakthroughs in sport and music.

Reframe your limitation

limitationMany tennis players have one arm bigger than the other including Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. He is famous for his left-hand stroke play even though he writes with his right hand.

My left arm is much more developed than my right arm. This is because I play lefty and that’s sort of my gym, the tennis court. Rafael Nadal

Australian serial Grand Slam winner in the 1960s and 1970s, Margaret Court, is a natural left-hander who was persuaded to change to a right-hand grip. She practiced with her preferred hand tied behind her back to strengthen her right-hand strokes.

Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, was a left-handed guitarist. He was so poor in his earlylimitation days that he couldn’t afford a left-hand guitar. So he would practice with a right-hand guitar upside down. He found a way to overcome his challenge. Like Nadal and Williams, his passion fueled his learning and he put in the hard work of endless practice.

The law of the vital few

If a current limitation you perceive is holding you back, try deconstructing your biggest one to speed up your self-awareness. Invoke the 80/20 rule (the Pareto Principle named after a 20th-century Italian economist) or the ‘law of the vital few’. Which 20% of your skills, knowledge, attitudes or behaviours cause 80% of your challenges or blockages in becoming more employable? Deconstruct the one thing in that 20% that holds you back the most. Then use that understanding to find what works for you.

The worlds of sport and music show us that perceived weaknesses may only be temporary limitations. We can change them through determination, persistence, and hard work. Focusing on your strengths is the tune of the day in preparing for job interviews and career assessment. Yet, sometimes reconfiguring the notes can provide breakthrough thinking into what works for you.

What do you perceive as your current limitations? What if you gave them a chance to flourish and become strengths? Then what job and career dreams would you pursue?


Parents: do they help or hinder when you apply for jobs?

As a parent of three 20-something daughters, I admit to having helped them out when applying for jobs when asked. Unsurprising given my day job as a careers coach and employability specialist. Parents helping their kids apply for jobs is on the rise according to a survey from CV-Library. It finds that 55% of 18-34-year-olds have relied on their parents for help with job applications and CV writing. This post looks at some of the pros and cons.

Whose career advice?

Undeniably, it’s tough being a young person trying to find your way after full-time education. The official statistics say there are currently 568,000 unemployed 16-24-year-olds in the UK. That’s a conservative figure (sic) given the hidden NEET (not in education, employment or training) problem is nearer to 1.3 million according to a study by Impetus PEF.

Is it any wonder in the absence of effective face-to-face careers advice in our schools in recent years? Where does a young person turn to these days?  Clearly, a well-intentioned parent is going to step in if their son or daughter seeks help. They have an advantage in knowing them better than most. If working, the parent can tap into the recruitment practices of their employer or from their recent experience of applying for jobs. Alternatively, it can be the blind leading the blind.

Self-help and professional guidance

parentsHowever, there is a big difference between helping your offspring with applying for a job and giving them career advice about options and pathways. The online world is awash with ‘how to write a CV’ tips. Researching online can take you some way. However, the volume of information is huge and the advice can be contradictory. How do you know what is helpful or unhelpful?

Technology is rapidly changing the world of work and recruitment practices constantly evolve. How many parents will have experience of a video interview or video CV? Careers advisers are becoming coaches and signposters because half the jobs of the next 5 to 10 years don’t exist yet. Increasing automation of roles is likely to be a game-changer.

Parents’ emotional attachment and objectivity

Any strength you overplay can become a weakness. Meaning well can lead to over-emphasising your child’s strengths and avoiding glaring weaknesses that need addressing. And vice versa. The ‘I know what’s good for you’ mentality creeps in based on what worked for a parent of a different generation. Good parental intentions can turn to control freakery and disempowerment.

What if the young person doesn’t want parental support and they insist on involvement? Being emotionally involved can result in pushing too much and fraught relationships when the listening stops. I’ve been called in as an objective outsider more than once by concerned parents and say some things they have said to their son or daughter. However, the young person listens better simply because you are not their parent.

Finding the balance

The reality is often about getting the balance right between self-help by young people taking personal responsibility to build self-reliance, with appropriate parental support and the support of professional guidance towards authoritative sources of information. A combination of relevant and timely push and pull.

How do young people become conscious and informed consumers of job and career advice? If we really want to make a step change, would it not be better if our education system equips young people with job and career navigating capabilities as part of the curriculum?

What are your views on the role of parents helping their kids apply for jobs?

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Career Magic: Why Are You Hiding Your Talents?

Today, as part of National Careers Week, I talked to 300 15-16-year-olds at Garforth Academy about what helps to increase their employability while still at school. My central message is that everyone has talents. And they don’t need to look like the all-singing and all-dancing variety of a TV Talent Show. I’m talking about the everyday talents that are unique to each of us – the things that come naturally, you do well and enjoy. How do you discover them, nurture them and use them for job and career magic?

People make their biggest contribution when they recognise, value, develop and use their unique talents in support of a cause they believe in. Clive Wilson, Liberate Your Talent

Career magic is a process

Amy liked to draw as a child. Unlike most other children, she carried on into young adulthood. Just for herself, nobody else. Except other people also loved her imaginative illustrations. One of her friends even got a tattoo done using one of her designs. Amy sold t-shirts with her designs on at a market to fundraise for a volunteering trip abroad. But she didn’t think it was anything more than something she enjoys and can do easily.

That’s one of the challenges young people struggle with today. Being unable to recognise your own talent. Not realising that someone will pay you money for your talent if you make them aware of it. An employer or customer won’t value your talent if you don’t value it yourself. Believing in yourself is an essential ingredient of liberating your talent.

career magicHowever, recognising and valuing your talent alone are not enough. The goal is to develop and use your talent. For example, someone learning to play the guitar can become ‘competent’. Another person might be able to pick up a guitar and play by ear without being able to read music. That’s a talent. However, unless they practice, practice, and practice, it won’t become a strength and their talent risks staying untappetennis playerd and hidden. Nurturing your talent is a process of prolonged and dedicated effort.

Another critical ingredient is having someone else believe in you. Would Serena and Venus Williams have realised their tennis talent without the encouragement and unwavering support of their father as coach and mentor? I bet at school those sisters had days when they didn’t want to practice and their father made them do it. Not everyone is prepared to make the sacrifices of the Williams sisters and they wouldn’t have achieved their career magic without that consistent support and challenge.

Show your talents

Everyone can do some things that come more naturally than other things. Here are 4 ways to bring your talents out from hiding so you can become more employable:

  • Recognise your talents – notice what you do well, like doing and why; ask other people what they think are your strengths.
  • Value your talents – believe in your worth and look out for people who believe you are worth it. Being mentored well is one of the most inspiring experiences in life.
  • Develop your talents – explore opportunities to grow your talent; volunteer, fundraise, pursue an interest or what attracts you, experiment among different settings and identify where it makes you feel good; practice lots so you turn a talent into a strength; keep learning beyond school, college and university; do it for yourself, not for others.
  • Use your talents – point it at a something you feel strongly or passionately about. What do you believe in? Talent and passion tied to purpose are magic ingredients for your job and career fulfillment.

Are you wondering what happened to Amy? She got a job selling posh hot dogs in a trendy shopping centre. The owner, a young entrepreneur in his 20s, loved Amy’s illustrations and could see her talent. He invited her to do all his company branding and now other retail outlets want Amy to do the same. Maybe it will be the start of some career magic, maybe it won’t. But she’s getting paid for what she is good at, loves doing and having fun too.

What hidden talents will you release for the world’s benefit and to create your own career magic?


The Best UK Cities for Building a Career in the Trades

Interested in a career in the trades? A new study from IronmongeryDirect finds that Brighton is the best city to start a construction, carpentry or gardening career – but plumbers and electricians might be better off elsewhere.

If your dream is to build your own UK construction company, or if you’re a carpenter who’d like to up sticks and move elsewhere, now you have the right tool for the job. There are 25 new trade startups opening their doors every day. So, architectural ironmongery suppliers, IronmongeryDirect has produced a tool for exploring the best UK cities to be a tradesman. It is based on local trade company competition, advertising costs, start-up survival rate, among others.

See how the cities fare across the board or filter by each measurement to tailor it to your needs. Equip yourself to see which cities have the resources you need no matter where you are in your career development – learning, looking for a job, or ready to start your own business. 


Click here to see the infographic in full

The top 5 cities for trades

While different trades might be better off in different cities, these cities stood out as the overall top 5 best cities for the trades:

  1. Brighton – Best for builders, carpenters, and gardeners. Job availability is quite high across the board, and start-ups tend to survive for more than a year.
  2. Chester – Chester is the best option for plumbers, with high start-up survival rates, low advertising costs, and a significant number of jobs available per capita.
  3. Leicester – Ideal for gardeners. There are few competing companies in the area, but high start-up survival rate, making it prime turf for new gardening companies.
  4. Coventry – The top location for electricians. There’s a high number of jobs available in the area, and advertising costs for electricians are low.
  5. Newcastle upon Tyne – One of the best places to build a construction career. There’s a low amount of competition with minimal advertising costs.

London Trades 

In contrast to trade-topping Brighton, England’s capital ranked only 14th overall on the list of 20. It scores most highly for construction workers. They are 7th due to a high number of courses available and a significant number of hardware stores.

However, electricians wouldn’t fare quite as well in London. They come 17th, with high advertising costs and a low number of jobs available per capita.

It’s surprising to see the difference across industries. The city ranking is significantly different between plumbers and builders, for example. But it looks like Brighton could always use more tradesmen! Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect

If you’re a tradesman looking for a move, or just looking to start out in the trades, this is the perfect opportunity to check out your options. Have a look at the tool here, or examine the highlights here.

Thanks to IronmongeryDirect for this guest post. 

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Career Shift: Take a Chance on Me

That old adage of risk and reward seems as relevant today as ever. The company I worked with for eleven years went bust as a result of the economic crash in 2008. As an employee for my whole working life, the idea of going solo felt scary. Would my inner entrepreneur magically appear (did I even have one)? Or would the uncertainty of no longer relying on the monthly pay cheque be too stressful? Eight years on and the chance I took on myself has been rewarding in all senses. It has also relied on others taking a chance on me. What makes chance a fine thing in a career shift?

These are common fears when contemplating a career or job change. Sometimes you have to leap and learn as you go along, as well as learning before leaping. Much depends on your preferred style. The degree of risk is another factor – what are the known and unknown consequences of failing or succeeding? Nothing gained, nothing ventured, and tales of the unexpected.

6 career shift insights

Here are some thoughts based on my personal and professional career shift:

  • Doing something creates momentum and opens doors. Don’t wait for something to happen.
  • Iteration follows failing fast. Redefine, reframe and reboot.
  • Professional identity is dynamic. Reinvent and be relevant. Pivot if necessary.
  • Your purpose is the rocket fuel driving strategy and tactics. Clarity, focus, and energy.
  • Your story is an evergreen and evolving asset. Use it to light fires and build relationships.
  • Success relates to personal values. Examine what it means for you. You might be surprised.

Making a decision to career shift is the starting point, whether you jump or get pushed. Take a chance on yourself so that others want to take a chance on you. The chances are you won’t regret it.

What insights here resonate with you?


How to Create Good Career Vibrations

A butterfly flaps its wings on one side of the world setting off a ripple of incremental changes that result in a tornado in another part of the world. That’s the basis of Chaos Theory. A plane heads to a different country when a pilot alters his flight path by one degree. In both cases, small changes lead to big impacts. What if you make small, incremental changes in your job or career direction? What ripples and good career vibrations will you create?

vibrationsYou leave an imprint throughout your life on other people, and vice versa. Sometimes faint and slight, at other times clear and strong. You are subtly altered or touched in some way each time you cross paths with someone through the uncharted waters of your life. An imprint is authentic and lasting. However, it is not the same as an impression, which can be false and short-lived.

In the context of your jobs and careers, think of the myriad number of people you meet and get to know, however fleetingly. Some you forget instantly, others create good and bad memories and a few remain constants, acquaintances and lifelong friends.

Good Vibrations

You have an opportunity to shape impressions from the outset AND leave a lasting imprint on people you meet which reflects some of that complex, talented and unique you.  So, have a clear view of yourself and manage yourself well.

Think about the key people in your life, the imprint they leave on you and vice versa. How has that shaped the way you tend to feel, think, act or behave? What imprint do you want to leave that makes you stand out from the crowd?

All it takes is one small step or a flap of your metaphorical wings. Choose a direction, choose an action, and feel the good vibrations.


Learning How to Learn: The Degree v The Job

Did you get taught how to learn at school? Or, was it a complete mystery that you were supposed to just get as you went along? I bet many of you spent most of your time being spoon-fed knowledge by teachers in a classroom. Yet, learning today is a whole lot more and probably the most important capability you will need for success after leaving full-time education. Not only is learning critical, unlearning and relearning matter just as much – because the world doesn’t stand still.

“Work is learning, learning is the work” – Harold Jarche

Employers want people with the ability to learn how to learn. For example, Google hires people for their “learnability.” It is not the same as studying for a degree at university. Let’s look at some of the differences.

Degree v Job


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Studying for a Degree

Learning at work

Emphasis is on learning from theory to inform practice Emphasis is on learning from experience in real-time
Dedicated time and space to reflect Reflecting while working
Slower-paced Faster-paced
Separate structured activities – lectures, seminars, exams Work is learning, learning is the work. More informal than formal
Certainty and predictability because your degree course is laid out for you over a 3 or 4-year period. You have a known curriculum. Less certainty, more unpredictable because of deliberate change and unforeseen events. There isn’t a curriculum.
Re-work opportunities. Redo that assignment or retake that exam. Less re-work opportunities, more ‘get it right first time’
Me, myself, I. Consequences of not learning effectively are personal rather than collective. Us, ourselves, we. Consequences are professional as well as personal. Often more immediate because it impacts on other people like customers or service users or colleagues. Financial consequences like loss of business and relationship problems with work colleagues. People can lose their jobs, with serious consequences for those supporting families.

The Workplace Learning Mindset

If none of us can see the future clearly, we need to get better at being comfortable with uncertainty. That means letting go of old thinking, beliefs, attitudes and skills that don’t serve your ability to grow. It means a learning mindset in the workplace that requires you to:

  • Question accepted wisdom more – solving problems and improving performance
  • Listen and observe what is happening around you more – interacting with content and people
  • Be more active than passive in the face of change – finding things out.

 “…resisting the bias against doing new things, scanning the horizon for growth opportunities, pushing yourself to acquire radically different capabilities – while still performing your job, a willingness to experiment and become a novice again and again.” Erika Anderson

Research has identified four attributes of this kind of learner:

  • Aspiration – you truly want to improve and master new skills, keep up to date in your industry or profession
  • Self-awareness – you see yourself very clearly
  • Curiosity – you constantly think of and ask good questions
  • Vulnerability – you tolerate your mistakes as you grow.

Learn for Nourishment

Learning how to learn in today’s workplace is about

  • your personal habits of continuous renewal, refreshment, and improvement as an integral part of doing your job;
  • tapping into the world around you both online and offline through professional networks;
  • learning as you go along through exploring, experimenting and sharing with others.

Every student takes on two titles when they pass their degree – Graduate and Alumnus. Alumnus comes from the Latin to nourish. Ensure you have a balanced diet for a healthier future by embracing lifelong intellectual, emotional and professional nourishment. Then you can add Modern Workplace Learner to your titles.

How do you need to learn differently to be effective in the workplace? 

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How to Research Job Sites in the Job Hunt

Job sites come in many flavours, shapes, and sizes. They changed the game for job seekers and recruiters when the technology first emerged to enable high volume job listings. Instant search and display. Too much of a good thing brings inevitable downsides. There will always be black holes in the universe. Job seekers now peer into the glass darkly looking for the volume control and wondering where their ‘dream job’ is. However, the vastness of the information on job sites provides a hidden source of value to job seekers other than specific vacancies. How can you research them to help with your job hunt?

Not all job sites are the same

Some job sites are dumping grounds for the bland, the vague and click bait. The good ones save time and personalise. They inform and empower job seekers. I’ve argued before that you have a better chance of landing the job you really want through networking and tapping into the unadvertised job market. Why? Using job boards can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. It’s hard to stand out. You are at the mercy of the robots scanning for a match. However, you become a magnet instead of a needle when you attract employers towards you through targeted promotion of your personal brand. The real you is much more visible.

Research from shows the different nature and quality of job sites that have multiple purposes. For example:

  • LinkedIn has job posts, provides a vehicle for your personal brand, facilitates conversations through online groups, and is a blogging platform. The research puts it top for networking to help gain introductions, the first step to getting an internal referral. Also, it’s where the majority of recruiters find their best candidates.
  • Glassdoor provides company trends by industry, location and job title and anonymous employee feedback on their employers, as well as job vacancies. The research rates Glassdoor the top job site as it has the freshest daily posts and detailed company profiles so you can see if you’re a fit. It even has charts to see how reviewers rate companies over time.
  • Indeed is the most comprehensive aggregator of vacancies – “the Google of job sites” according to

Researching job sites

What really gets you the job is all the metadata these sites provide…it’s more about the context and tools they give.

Online job search expert, Susan P Joyce, suggests that you read between the lines, so you can identify the employers you want to target and focus your information-gathering efforts. Job sites are rich with useful insights if you look at what the vacancies suggest. For example:

  • Company profiles
  • What companies are hiring, when and locations
  • Job roles within specific industries or sectors, including new job types and fastest growing jobs
  • Salary levels by job type and industry
  • Skills, mindsets, and attributes employers seek
  • Keywords to use in your job applications and online profiles
  • Who you know who already works there (and Alumni from your university through LinkedIn)
  • Clues to the company culture, including best places to work award winners and highest rated CEOs
  • Business priorities: What problems do the vacancies suggest need addressing? What issues are not being articulated where you have something to offer?

Landing the job you want involves multiple job search methods. Researching employers is an essential part of your job strategy if you want to make the leaps from an applicant to a candidate to being hired. Make smart interrogation of job sites part of your research plan, so you spend your time wisely and productively.


What Type of Accountant Do You Want To Be?

One of the most common questions that accounting graduates ask is: what type of accountant should I be?

Yet, the answer to this simple question is not so straightforward. It is crucial to understand the different types of accountancy and their specific features to choose the type of accountant that goes well with who you are. The guide below has 5 different types and career paths within accountancy to choose as a new graduate. Let’s roll.

  1. Practice Accountant

This is the most common and the broadest field. As a Practice Accountant, you work as a bookkeeper, auditor, consultant, and anything that is required by clients. Practice Accountants deal with different projects and work closely with businesses. One month you could be working as an auditor with one business and the next you will be working as a tax advisor for another business in a different niche.

If you love doing the same kind of job over and over again for the rest of your life, be a Public Accountant. If you like any (or all) of the following, being a Practice Accountant is a good choice for you:

  • Change and diversity.
  • Doing different things and tasks.
  • Getting paid well for all the hard work you do.
  • Love to socialise and meet new people.
  • Love travelling and visiting new places.
  • Don’t mind sitting late in your office sometimes.
  • Hard work doesn’t bother you.
  • Like unpredictability.
  • Passionate about your career.
  • And importantly, you get on with people.
  1. Corporate Accountant

A Corporate Accountant works with a single company and is responsible for managing the company’s accounts. The role often goes by the name of Internal Auditor.  As a Corporate Accountant, you deal with financial statements, business activities, risk management, fraud detection, and all types of internal auditing. You will not just deal with the accounts, but you will also provide higher management with financial analysis for the business.

Corporate accountancy is best for you if you:

  • Love to master one thing.
  • Hate unpredictability.
  • Like to follow a routine and stick to the plan.
  • Love working with the same company and same people.
  • Don’t like socialising so much or meeting new people.
  • Love a secure job.
  • Do not like traveling much.
  • Love having dinner with your family every single day.
  1. Cost Accountant

Cost Accountants are also known as Management Accountants or Managerial Accountants. These are the people who are linked more closely with higher management. Their primary job is to manage cost. Cost Accountants also develop budgets, manage inventory, and counsel on increasing the company’s efficiency.Accountant

Cost Accountants differ from Internal Auditors in several ways. The former deal specifically with cost and budgeting, and are involved in decision-making. In contrast, Internal Auditors handle all the company’s finances and are not normally involved in management and/or decision-making.

Becoming a Cost Accountant requires further training. Therefore, throughout your career, you need to continue to train and equip yourself with the latest information in accountancy and cost management.

A Cost Accountant is the best career if you:

  • Love dealing with costs and budgeting.
  • Like to be an expert at one thing.
  • Like to work with a large company (often in manufacturing).
  • Love job security.
  • Enjoy continual study.
  • Like data analysis and reporting.
  • Love working with businesses where you can contribute something noteworthy and improves efficiency.
  1. Government Accountant

Would you love being part of the Civil Service? If so, become a Government Accountant  or Local Government Accountant. You can become a Capital Accountant, a Financial Analyst or even work for Customs and Excise to specialise in tax. As a Government employee, you will also evaluate Government institutes and private businesses to ensure compliance.

Government accountancy jobs are perfect for those who:

  • Love working in public service.
  • Like a safe and secure job.
  • Are not as motivated by money.
  • Love a predictable job and life.
  • Do not mind progressing slowly in their career.
  1. Sole proprietor

If you prefer independence, you can start your own business such as a consultancy firm or a business advisor. As a business owner, you need to choose a specific niche that you plan to serve and gain relevant experience at the same time. It is the best career if you:

  • Have the resources and experience to start a new business.
  • Love freedom and flexibility.
  • Like being your own boss.
  • Love working with new people and on new projects.

What is best for you?

AccountantYou are the only one who can decide which career is right for you. Choose the option based on your interests, strengths, likes, and dislikes. Do what you love to do and become very good at it.

All the types of accountancy discussed above offer a different career and life. Explore what type of life you want and expect, and then choose a career that offers it.

Thanks for this post go to our friend Leslie Gilmour of accountancy firm Gilmour & Co.  Initially, he trained as an accountant, and then found his passion lay in marketing and accountancy software.