As a new generation prepares to enter the profession, Alex Miller takes a look at the career paths ahead of them, and the skills new accountants are going to need.
The days of an accountant being paid to number-crunch are, thanks to technology and process developments, a thing of the past.
The overwhelming message coming from the business community is that accountants now and in the future need to be strategic business partners. If they are to add value to organisations and develop a successful career, they need to share insight and guide strategic decision-making, rather than simply analyse and report on data.
Surveys conducted across the industry generally throw up a common theme - a growing expectation that accountants will fill relatively complex roles.
The roles and the skills th...