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ACCA unveils enhanced module

ACCA unveils enhanced module

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, commonly known as ACCA, have announced a new approach to their ethical module which features in the top level of the ACCA qualification. 

Accounting Association advocates apprenticeships

Accounting Association advocates apprenticeships

New research from the Association of Accounting Technicians has revealed that almost half of UK businesses have taken on apprentices over the course of the last five years, showing that the trend is rising across all professions. 

Quickfire Quiz: A Day in the Life of a Corporate Risk Analyst

Quickfire Quiz: A Day in the Life of a Corporate Risk Analyst

There's more to do in the banking world than you might think, and here at AllAboutFinanceCareers we want to show you all the different aspects of finance you could experience. In that vein, we sat down for a quickfire bonus quiz with a Corporate Risk Analyst from the London Institute of Banking and Finance, to see try and sum up their working life in just 12 questions!

STEM subjects on the rise

STEM subjects on the rise

A new report has found that perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths-based subjects are rapidly improving, in news that will delight the UK government, who have long identified a skills gap in the sector. 

Vital Financial Rules All Freelancers Must Follow

Vital Financial Rules All Freelancers Must Follow

Working as a freelancer can be a liberating experience, whatever role and industry you may be involved in. It has all the perks of being able to work around your own schedule, in the comfort of your own home and take on only work you wish to do. The main downside is that you do not have the financial security of a full-time position and salary. For this reason, there are various rules you must follow to secure your finances.

MBA: The Postgraduate Business Brand

MBA: The Postgraduate Business Brand

There's a lot of information about on which postgraduate business course you should take or the differences between them. We sat down with Simon Healeas, Deputy MBA Director at Westminster Business School, to discuss what the MBA offers and why it's specifically useful for budding finance professionals. 

Three mistakes to avoid when becoming self-employed

Three mistakes to avoid when becoming self-employed

Many people dream of self-employment, and the freedoms and flexibility it offers. We spoke to Ben Barlow about the pros and cons of making such a career move in a finance role, and found out what his top tips were for anyone thinking of making the move. 

Tea breaks or training?

Tea breaks or training?

Latest research from the Association of Accounting Technicians has found that over a million UK employees spend more time on tea breaks than any form of work-based training.

Ambassadors Series: Dennis Wilson

Ambassadors Series: Dennis Wilson

Dennis Wilson has recently been named the Construction Manager of the Year for 2015, for his work managing the redevelopment of the National Theatre whilst it was still fully operational as a working auditorium. In recognition of this, and in the light of his role model status amongst talented young members of the construction community, we've named him the first in our new series of AllAboutSchoolLeavers Ambassadors. 

Accountants still using unethical practices

Accountants still using unethical practices

Even in the aftermath of huge scandals in the world of Accounting, such as those at Enron and WorldCom, research has suggested that unethical practice is still very much alive and kicking within the accountancy profession.

Entrepreneurism – A Viable Alternative

Entrepreneurism – A Viable Alternative

A recent report from the Office of National Statistics has revealed a high number of young people not in education, employment of training, but has also shown how 2015 saw a record number of businesses being created.

How much is enough?

How much is enough?

Everyone wants to earn as much as possible in whichever industry they’re part of, but research has revealed that there is a tipping point at which increasing your salary becomes less important in favour of a better work-life balance.

Youth Still Hit Hardest By Recession

Youth Still Hit Hardest By Recession

We’re now six years past the recession that hit our economy in 2009, but latest figures have revealed that 16 to 24 year olds are still disproportionately affected by its fallout. They are over twice as likely than the rest of the European population to be unemployed.

Businesses Approve Subject Choices

Businesses Approve Subject Choices

The Institute of Directors has welcomed record numbers of students securing their places at University this year, and paid special mention to the continued increase in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects being studied there.

Insight Days/Spring Weeks

Insight Days/Spring Weeks

As it becomes more and more competitive to get into grad schemes and even internships, it’s become more and more important to get your foot in the door of the industry you want to work in early on, and this applies to nowhere more than it does to the Finance industry. What this has led to is a series of programmes designed for first year undergraduates, known as either insight days or spring weeks.

Feeling entrepreneurial? Act fast!

Feeling entrepreneurial? Act fast!

It’s the best time ever to start your own business in the UK, according to Lord Young. The Conservative peer was speaking at the launch of the third Small Business Saturday campaign, which celebrates small firms in the country.

European a-MBA-ssadors

European a-MBA-ssadors

A Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) is a stalwart of the financial world. Notoriously expensive, widely recognised and reassuringly common, an MBA is an in-depth course that gives its students a real insight into how a business works in practice and the leadership skills to enter the management realm. 

Tendr – Tinder For Crowdfunding

Tendr – Tinder For Crowdfunding

Tendr is the latest app on the market to utilise the swipe mechanism of dating-app Tinder and twist it into a different marketing strategy. The app, launched about a month ago, has become a huge talking point about the opportunities it offers for the crowdfunding market.

The Lowdown on NHS Financial Management Training

The Lowdown on NHS Financial Management Training

Following his Economics degree from the university of Westminster, 25-year-old Amin Choudhury is now working as a Finance Management Trainee Accountant as part of the finance department at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He studies for the CIPFA qualification too, which will mean he will qualify as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. He let us in on what the programme is like…

LinkedIn ‘Buzzword Bingo’ Warning

LinkedIn ‘Buzzword Bingo’ Warning

As  professional networking site LinkedIn anticipates update action aplenty this January for thousands of LinkedIn users looking for a new job, they’ve given the heads up on the top ten buzzwords in use on the site that could mean you run the risk of being lost in the crowd.

 BDO Announces 100 New Traineeships

BDO Announces 100 New Traineeships

This year’s A-level results recipients interested in an accountancy career can consider an apprenticeship or school leaver programme route as well as the traditional university route. Accountancy firm BDO have just announced 100 new traineeships suited to school leavers who like the idea of learning on the job whilst they earn...

ACCA to Launch New Free MOOC Course in Business

ACCA to Launch New Free MOOC Course in Business

ACCA has announced it will offer a brand new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in ‘Discovering Business in Society’. The course is free, and could form one of the first steps towards qualifying as an ACCA qualified accountant…

GCHQ Certifies Masters Degrees in Cyber Security

GCHQ Certifies Masters Degrees in Cyber Security

Thinking of taking a Masters course in Cyber Security? Take note! Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has announced the certification of six Masters degrees in Cyber Security offered by UK institutions by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

New Access Accountancy Initiative Promotes Diversity in the Profession

New Access Accountancy Initiative Promotes Diversity in the Profession

More progress for diversity in the finance world; this time in the accountancy industry. A new initiative has recently been set up to promote and improve access to the accountancy profession for young people from all backgrounds. Some of the biggest names in the business have signed up in support of Access Accountancy.   

City Bankers Take Up ‘Mindfulness’

City Bankers Take Up ‘Mindfulness’

As it turns out, 2014 is all about a bit of Zen in the City. City bankers have started to take up meditation and mindfulness techniques to tackle the stress of the long hours and pressure in their top City roles.

‘Returnships’ Trial at Global Bank in UK

‘Returnships’ Trial at Global Bank in UK

There appears to be more developments bubbling away relating to diversity in the finance industry. Global investment banking giant Credit Suisse have just launched a UK trial of a ‘returnships’ scheme – the first of its kind in the UK – aiming to ease finance professionals who’ve taken some time out back into work in the industry…

Economics Students Call for Revision of Subject Teaching

Economics Students Call for Revision of Subject Teaching

Ever felt like your university course is missing out something important? Some economics students certainly do! There’s now a worldwide initiative driven by economics students who believe things need to change in the way their subject is taught, with more analysis of the financial crash.

Apprenticeships for Financial Services Firms on the Up

Apprenticeships for Financial Services Firms on the Up

Good news for school leavers with an interest in finance career opportunities outside of the graduate entry route! ICM has recently conducted research into the apprenticeship landscape outlook for the next few years, and it looks to be exciting times for apprenticeships in financial services firms. So how do the numbers look?