For CAs in the making, the right training programme is crucial
As a new graduate looking for a chartered accountant (CA) training programme, the options out there can seem a little daunting. Where you do your training is going to be the foundation of your working career and choosing the right fit for you is important.
In the past, landing a traineeship at one of the “Big 4” auditing firms was the ultimate goal for most students looking to become CAs, however some students may be questioning whether the ‘traditional’ approach is still best-positioned to provide them with the skills they’ll need for the future.
The three questions below may help you figure out whether you’d be well suited to a non-traditional path in your accounting career:
Is innovation expected?
An innovation mindset is not for everyone, but for those who enjoy finding new solutions for new challenges, the old ways may be stifling. “If you often find yourself asking ‘How does it work, and why does it work that way?’, you may have an analyst’s mindset rather than a typical accountant’s,” says Heleen Goussard, head of unlisted investment services at RisCura.
Do you want to find a niche?
The predictable, rote aspects of auditing will be the first to be affected by Artificial Intelligence, and these are often the tasks delegated to trainees at big firms. Being exposed to a wider range of work in the first years of your career will enable you to find a niche sooner. “Having specialist knowledge and skills is one of the best ways to set yourself apart,” says Goussard.
Who will you learn from?
A key question to ask yourself is ‘who will I learn from?’ What does the management structure look like, and will you be able to access senior executives to gain insights or bounce ideas off? “Doing your training at a smaller, non-traditional firm will provide greater access to people at all levels of seniority, whereas the ‘Big 4’ tend to have firmly established hierarchies,” says Goussard.
Opportunities at RisCura
Global investment advisory and financial analytics firm, RisCura, is now offering accounting graduates the opportunity To do their chartered accounting training in the exciting world of investments.
Working at RisCura offers a unique 360 view of the investment industry due to their diverse client base, from asset managers, to private equity investors and Africa’s largest institutional funds.
RisCura offers a dynamic working environment alongside some of the brightest investment minds, known for being industry pioneers. The flat management structure and open-door policy ensures that teams are easily accessible to bounce ideas off and offer support.
Once their training is complete, graduates will be well-equipped to step into the exciting, ever-changing world of investments.
More about RisCura’s graduate programme:
This programme is designed to provide trainees with exposure to:
Private Equity (PE)
Gain a thorough understanding of private equity in Africa. RisCura values over 150 companies across 15 African countries.
Institutional Investment Advisory & Administration
Get exposure to investment strategy, asset manager research, portfolio construction and investment administration for some of the continent’s largest institutional investors.
Hedge Fund Analytics
Gain experience in the hedge fund industry. RisCura analyses approximately 60 hedge funds with a total of R 40 billion AUM.
Finance & Accounting
Acquire on-the-job training in financial management and accounting practices by assisting with annual financial statements for the RisCura group, working with a team of accountants and working on financial reports presented to management and directors.
The RisCura culture
RisCura fosters a culture of innovation, which is based on a mix of experienced industry pioneers who support the fresh ideas of young leaders. These ideas are given an opportunity to come to life, and every so often, they become a permanent part of the business. RisCura is a place where visionary thinkers develop the skills to kickstart successful investment industry careers.
Applications for the next RisCura graduate placement are open until 30 October 2019.
Follow this link to apply: https://www.riscura.com/careers/ca-training-programme/
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