The ACCA Qualification is a globally recognised standard of excellence for those seeking a career in finance. ACCA members work all over the world - some run firms, others own businesses, many more manage or work in finance departments in companies of all sizes and industries. The skills, roles and salaries you can learn and earn are really yours to make.
But don't just take our word for it - hear from some of the many employers who value ACCA students and accountants to drive their growth and innovation.
P&G: Radu Maftei, finance & accounting associate director, Balkans
P&G (Procter & Gamble)'s global purpose is to serve more consumers, in more parts of the world, more completely. It serves more than five billion consumers globally, with operations in around 80 countries, including brands such as Pampers, Tide, Ariel, Always, Pantene, Fairy, Lenor, Oral-B, Head & Shoulders, Wella, Gillette.
P&G's confidence in ACCA is demonstrated by the fact that half of the current P&G Balkans Finance lead team are ACCA members.
'The ACCA Qualification helps significantly with the first pre-requisite of success: competence,' says Radu. 'Our financial analysts and accounting experts taking the courses have increased exponentially their technical financial understanding, enabling a better analysis of the financial statements, innovative and new approaches to brand financials, and a more comprehensive cost management approach in our manufacturing sites.'
SJ Grant Thornton: Hooi Kok Mun, partner and head of assurance
SJ Grant Thornton was established in 1974 and today is ranked as one of the leading accounting and consulting firms in Malaysia, employing more than 300 partners and staff.
'ACCA is definitely one of our partners in terms of new recruits as well as experienced hire. Working with ACCA definitely enhances our goal of being a premium service organisation,' says Mun.
'The relevance of ACCA's qualifications and the flexibility it offers to its members are key. With globalisation, we are seeing more mobility, and this has also created more excitement in the accountancy profession.'
Talk Talk: Luke Falconer, finance manager, UK
In an effort to grow itself into a London Stock Exchange-traded large cap, the £1.8 billion turnover FTSE 250 telecoms company identified early on the value that quality finance professionals can add to its business. The firm is currently an ACCA Platinum Approved Employer, a relationship that shows confidence in ACCA-trained employees to help drive the company's ambitious growth plans.
Talk Talk's recruitment strategy is changing as they focus on recruiting more graduates. 'Our aim is to take on more raw graduates and train them to fit our business needs, allowing them to develop with the business, therefore take on staff fresh from university and offer them professional training on an affiliated programme like ACCA,' says Luke.
From Luke's point of view, the main benefit of employing someone with the ACCA qualification - or an individual who is studying towards it - is that you can almost guarantee a high-quality recruit. 'If someone has decided to study with a professional body, it shows that they are serious about their career progression, that they want structure,' says Luke. 'It allows us to ask more direct questions at interview - we can check that they understand the benefits of a professional qualification and that they're not just doing it for the sake of it.'
Some of the qualities key to working at Talk Talk include commercial awareness and business understanding, something ACCA candidates display, according to Luke: 'They tend to have a good understanding of financial accounting and management accounting - they're quite well-rounded, which helps the business. Even if they don't deal with certain aspects of the business every day, they tend to understand how the different parts work, which ultimately means they have the potential to progress quicker than other staff.'
State Street Bank: Dominika Gawlik, head of risk management, Poland
State Street Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of financial services, operating in more than 100 geographic markets worldwide, including the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
'At State Street Bank, we truly value both the technical and behavioural competencies that ACCA trainees and members possess, such as their grasp of business and accounting processes, understanding of accounting principles and financial reporting, as well as professionalism and ethical behaviour,' says Dominika.
Ralph Lauren: Vic Tan, vice president finance, Asia and Greater China
Ralph Lauren is a Fortune 500 company and listed on the New York Stock Exchange. It's a global leader in design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances.
'ACCA members and trainees are the driving force supporting our organisation to achieve its strategies,' says Vic.