Accountancy is usually thought as a tough nut to crack for many of us…
And especially when it comes to those KASNEB and CIMA exams that most people dread. You know them…
However, few people (and most probably you) will admit that it’s not as rocket science as it usually sounds.
But that my friend, does not mean that it’s a walk in the park too.
If you’ve been working for a few years in the accounting industry, you’ve probably noticed that successful people in this field know more than the general soft skills that we assume are required in order to work well in an office.
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Not that they are not as important anyway…
In any case, you are required to be well prepared for various duties and roles such as filing payroll statutory, bank reconciliations among other complex roles.
And the easiest and simplest way as an accountant to remain up to date is usually taking exams and enrolling for trainings to keep yourself in the know.
To explain this further…
Let’s look at the top 3 skills that Kenyan employers admire in any professional in accounts and audit industry
1. You need risk and compliance expertise
Facing greater regulatory demands especially with the current economic climate in Kenya, employers want an all rounded individual who can perform several tasks and is open minded to learn more.
Compliance work is challenging I must accept and the required skill sets run deep.
So for you, Not only do you need to be detail-oriented, with the ability to analyse large volumes of information, but you must also maintain a high level of integrity to make sure the company adheres to all regulatory rules.
This is like one of the implied accounting commandment.
2. You must be a tech savvy person who is not resistant to change
One of the greatest pressure facing accounting and finance people is the need to stay current on technology, so for you, it won’t hurt to take this initiative.
Imagine a scenario where you are given a software to use in payroll processing and you appear absolutely clueless about where to go to or what to click on.
Make sure that you are have conversant knowledge on tools like Advanced Excel , ERP , Data analytics, QuickBooks Revenue recognition ,Risk and compliance among others.
The beauty of it all is that such practical knowledge is usually administered in some short Accounting training and courses in Kenya that you can easily enrol for.
3. Finally, you need excellent writing and oral Communications skills
Maybe this goes without saying but I will just say it anyway.
Those COMS 101 classes in campus may not have been your favourite, nevertheless writing skills that show your intelligence are very essential for success in today’s communication-intensive workplace.
Being able to communicate well in writing and in person will help you to get a job, work as a team with your colleagues, interact with clients and, with time, advance professionally.
This way, your emails can be shorter and stronger, and presentations more direct and engaging.
Now , Ask for professional training!
To add to your Accounting knowledge bank, you need to take advantage of any Accounting mentorship or professional training programs offered by various companies or even your own.
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Are there opportunities to attend conferences or seminars? Is online learning available?
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