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Careers in Accountancy & Finance

The world is your playground with a degree in Accountancy or Finance

Employment prospects for Otago Accounting and Finance graduates are exceptional. Our graduates have excellent career prospects in the national and international marketplace.

It is never too early to begin thinking about your future career!

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Career options in Accounting

Accounting provides a good general undergraduate business degree that employers find desirable. Our graduates work in a wide variety of roles across the globe. Many employers prefer Otago accounting graduates. Especially students that engage in social, extra-curricular and academic opportunities that Otago offers.

Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Practising Accountant (CPA)

Many graduates seek professional accreditation and work for Chartered Accounting (CA) or Certified Practising Accounting (CPA) firms.

Entry level roles include:

  • Taxation
  • Auditing
  • General accounting work
  • Business advisory services

CA and CPA firms offer graduates the opportunity to see a variety of businesses in a short period of time.

Business sector

Graduates may go into manufacturing, banking, retailing, government departments or work overseas.

Education sector

Accounting graduates are also welcomed in the education sector. Universities and Polytechnics also offer academic qualifications and provide good teaching career prospects.

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Career options in Finance

The range of careers in Finance is wide and varied.

Graduates work in areas such as:

  • Planning and budgeting
  • Portfolio management
  • Investments
  • Securities' trading
  • Risk management
  • Foreign currency trading

From small firms to large – Otago graduates are in demand across the world

A major in Finance is a passport to a well paid career. Graduates work across many fields including:

  • Corporations
  • Investment banks
  • Accounting firms
  • Stock broking firms
  • The education sector

In large firms, specialised career paths are developing as the value of financial analysis increases. In small firms, financial skills are applicable in many areas of the business. Especially if they support complementary areas such as marketing and management

A Finance degree is relevant to economic structures worldwide making it very exportable. With many job opportunities overseas Otago graduates compete well in the international market.

Chartered Financial Analyst

Do you have an interest in investments or fund management? Then you might want to consider the CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme and enhance your Finance degree. This is fast becoming an important professional qualification in the global marketplace.

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Career development at Otago

Launching a successful career can be a daunting task for graduates. The University Career Development Centre is here to assist you.

The Career Development Centre assists students, graduates and alumni with all career enquiries. This includes information on employer presentations, job openings, and application closing dates.

For more information visit the Career Development Centre

A note on using your lecturer as a referee

Most students begin their job hunt early in their final year. If you would like a lecturer to be your referee, see them early in Semester One to seek approval. Do not put someone down without permission.

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