Managing your time in your exams

As well as a thorough understanding of the syllabus, the examiner also wants you to demonstrate that you can manage your time in a sensible and productive way. If you do so then you are quite likely to pass. If you don’t then you are likely to struggle – even if you know the syllabus inside out! more

Preparing to succeed – last minute exam tips

As your exam draws closer, your revision strategy needs to adapt for those few final hours. Here’s our top tips on revising the day before your big test..   The day before Lose all distractions. Turn off the TV, your phone and tell your parents or housemates not to disturb you. If necessary unplug your internet connection. more

Presenting findings and figures clearly

Communication is a key skill for accountants. It’s great being able to manipulate data for yourself but the ability to help a wider business understand their incoming and outgoing finances is an essential. Here are our top tips on presenting your financial data.   Understand your audience Talk to your stakeholders and take the time more

Get ready to make your big career change

A career change is a huge decision to make, so to help we’ve compiled a list of what to consider before diving into your new work industry.   Sit down and write a list of all your career possibilities Applying for every job advert you come across will be a huge drain of your time, more

Becoming an Accountant – On Demand webinar now available

Accountancy is among the world’s most stimulating, exciting and rewarding professions. It’s at the heart of every modern business, and people with the right financial skills are an asset no modern organisation can afford to be without. In this webinar, learn about the various skills you will need to launch your accounting career, and the more

Excel Tips of The Week 1-10

All of our Excel Tips in one handy place! more

Restarting a stalled career – 5 tips on staying motivated

Feel like your career isn’t moving forward anymore? You’re not alone, in today’s competitive business environments more and more people are reaching a stage where they run out of energy to push their job, or are simply not in a position where they can develop anymore. The important thing is to recognise this has happened, more

Excel Tips of The Week 10

Welcome back to our Excel Tips Series Each week we’ll be bringing you our top 3 mini-tips to ease your Excel experience Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9   1. Mark up your spreadsheet with Comments   Use the Comment function to annotate cells – either more

Enhance your career – 4 ways to get the training and development you need

A good accountant is always developing and moving forward – knowledge of industry events, regulation changes and best practice is essential if you want to be at the top of your game. However, professional development or qualifications can be expensive to fund yourself. The good news is that quite often employers are willing to invest more

Excel Tips of The Week 9

Welcome back to our Excel Tips Series Each week we’ll be bringing you our top 3 mini-tips to ease your Excel experience Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8   1. Use NETWORKDAYS to figure out working days over an amount of time   A handy formula for figuring more

Coming back to work after a career break – 5 tips for success

Going back to work after a career break – maternity leave, caring for a family member or just following other goals – can be daunting, and at times seem impossible. Your former colleagues have likely moved on with their careers, and new technologies or industry trends mean the business world has changed. The good news more

Excel Tips of The Week 8

Welcome back to our Excel Tips Series Each week we’ll be bringing you our top 3 mini-tips to ease your Excel experience Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7   1. Concatenate to join different cells together   The concatenate function is a brilliant way to join bits of data together more

Big or small? The pros and cons of accounting jobs in different company sizes

It’s easy to assume that the bigger the company, the better the job and the better opportunities you’ll be offered. But this isn’t always the case – small firms have their advantages too! Here’s the pros and cons of different financial companies to work for.     Large companies Pros On average, larger companies are more

Excel Tips of The Week 7

Welcome back to our Excel Tips Series Each week we’ll be bringing you our top 3 mini-tips to ease your Excel experience Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6   1. Master IF Functions   The IF function isn’t as scary as it first seems, and can be a handy way to quickly more

Excel Tips of The Week 6

Welcome back to our Excel Tips Series Each week we’ll be bringing you our top 3 mini-tips to ease your Excel experience Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5   1. Calculate average percentage growth   Average percentage growth is a really useful measure of performance, and with this formula it’s quick and easy to more

How to stay motivated in your first job

First jobs are notoriously not fun. Staying motivated when everyone around you is further up their career ladder can be tricky, so here’s our top tips on staying happy and motivated when your work isn’t as interesting as it could be.   Reminder yourself of why you’re here When you’re just starting out, your career more

Motivate your studies – how to stay on track

When exams seem daunting, it’s more than tempting to procrastinate and put off your studies. Read our different strategies for staying motivated throughout your course   Set your target exam date – don’t let yourself keep pushing your exams back, book your date and plan your revision backwards from there. Stick to your timetable and more

5 ways to stand out at your interview

Whether you are applying for your first role in accounting or going for a promotion to work as part of a management team, accounting job interviews can be daunting. With every company needing good accountants and the banking industry always looking for a bright new talent, the job opportunities can be very varied. Once you more

DISPATCHES: Brand Value boosts profit margins

Dispatches recently featured the Sports Direct story of profit and success. Whilst arguably some areas might need further clarification what is truly fascinating about the Sports Direct story is the extent to which the business is built on the premise of Brand Value. more

5 hobbies that’ll take your career to the next level

If you are currently looking for a new job, career progression or a move up the corporate ladder, we have some tips on career boosting hobbies that could help you stand out at that important job interview.   Creative writing Having an interest in creative writing can highlight a strength you may have as an editor more