Bookkeepers are employed in all types of businesses and organisations, keeping financial records up to date and getting the books ready for the accountants. There are many opportuinities for people to gain careers in Bookkeeping. Here we will expalin fully the careers of bookkeepers. Many bookkeepers are also working independently from an employer and are providing bookkeeping services.
Bookkeeping Training & Development
The career path of a bookkeeper is very varied and can lead to a career in accounting or finance.
For starters, employers will be looking for your standard GCSEs (grade A-C), including maths and English. A-levels in business studies, maths or economics could also be useful.
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Previous work experience and temporary work in an accounts or finance department will take you a step ahead. Experience with computers, particularly spreadsheets, will also give you an advantage when looking for work.
Or you can follow the vocational route by taking a recognised accounts or bookkeeping qualification whilst looking for work. One well recognised route to Bookkeeping qualifications is the ICB route. The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers have a series of exams that make a Bookkeeper competent to draw up financial accounts for a client or employer.
You could study for these qualifications full-time, part-time or by distance learning. You may be able to
become a bookkeeper through an Apprenticeship scheme.
Normally once you are working as a bookkeeper, most of your training will be on the job. As your experience grows, it’s very likely that you will be encouraged to study for more advanced bookkeeping and accounting qualifications.
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Careers of Bookkeepers
Bookkeeping is one of the job areas that has been less affected by the economic crisis. This is because all
companies in any business and public sector (i.e. universities, councils, the NHS etc.) need a bookkeeper to keep their transaction records healthy and up to date. Plus, there is also the option of being a self-employed bookkeeper for several small businesses.