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atwd
05-06-2012, 08:11 PM
Hi everyone, could someone kindly enlighten me on the career prospects for single degree holders in Accountancy or Business?

Also, from what I understand, apart from being an accountant or auditor, Accountancy degree holders are equally qualified to work in jobs that Business degree holders qualify for. Do correct me if I am wrong, but is this the case? If it is, does that mean that an Accountancy degree is more potent than a Business degree in that aspect?

Another question which I have in mind is: do Accountancy degree holders usually pursue a post-graduate degree like MBA? And do post-graduate courses generally prefer degree holders who have gone through a 4-year programme instead of a 3-year one?

Lastly, does a Business degree holder have any advantages over an Accountancy degree holder with regards to career opportunities upon graduation?

I hope someone here will be able to answer my queries. Do feel free to add on should you have any other key knowledge which you would like to share!

Thanks everyone!

HermanS
06-04-2012, 10:22 PM
Hi ATWD, I'm a single degree holder in Business Marketing, I'll try to answer your queries as best I can.

Hi everyone, could someone kindly enlighten me on the career prospects for single degree holders in Accountancy or Business?

IMO, the career prospects for single degree holders in Business and Accountancy are plenty, the degree is only one indicator of a person's suitability for a job - how you carry yourself during the interview, your prior work experience, and other skillsets related to the job will also affect your chances of getting hired. That said, there are many degree holders too, and a certificate along won't do much to differentiate you from the pack, you've to go above and beyond a normal degree to stay competitive and attractive to employers.

Also, from what I understand, apart from being an accountant or auditor, Accountancy degree holders are equally qualified to work in jobs that Business degree holders qualify for. Do correct me if I am wrong, but is this the case? If it is, does that mean that an Accountancy degree is more potent than a Business degree in that aspect?

Business is one of the broadest academic discipline - in that accountancy can be classified under the category of business. I didn't take up a general business degree, but what you have in accounting specialisation, the general business degree students make up for in a broad knowledge of many functions of business. Depending on your job scope, either degrees might have an advantage over the other - a person with an accounting degree might not be farmiliar with strategic marketing and its concepts, similarly, a business student will not be able to prepare a full set of accounts.

Another question which I have in mind is: do Accountancy degree holders usually pursue a post-graduate degree like MBA? And do post-graduate courses generally prefer degree holders who have gone through a 4-year programme instead of a 3-year one?


This would depend on what the accountancy student's goals are. If he or she wants to move on from doing accounting to analysing businesses, strategic market planning, etc, than the student will pursue the MBA regardless of his/her prior degree. Here's a relevant article that you might find helpful - MBA: Everything You Need To Know (http://www.coursesinsg.com/2012/06/mba-everything-you-need-to-know-about.html)

If you meant to ask whether accountancy students would have an easier time getting an MBA, take a look at an MBA curriculum (example from University of Birmingham)-

Core modules (compulsory)

Strategic Analysis of International Business
Strategic Marketing
Human Resource Management
Financial Management
International Business Environment

Electives (Three from)

Operations Management
Directing Strategy
Project Management
Advanced Leadership

Depending on the modules you took in your accountancy program, you may or may not have an advantage in knowledge when undertaking an MBA.

Lastly, does a Business degree holder have any advantages over an Accountancy degree holder with regards to career opportunities upon graduation?


It depends on the job that you are applying for - from what I know, Business degree holders are more inclined to take up posts concerning business development - on lower executive levels, this may mean a sales jobs. When they progress to higher levels - for example of managerial posts, they may oversee any number of business related functions in a company - this includes marketing, managing important accounts, managing sales staff. In my opinion, a possible weakness of Business degree holders is their lack of an area of specialty.

With regards to specialised degree like Accountancy, what you might want to look for if you're keen on moving on to a leadership role, MBA would be a good option to explore.

I really hope you found this helpful.

campbellronald7
06-21-2012, 06:05 PM
As you are a single degree holder there are n numbers of opportunities for you, like you can do a job of Accountant, or auditor. You must have basic knowledge of accountancy and tally as well. In the business, you need to have a business degree as its very broadest discipline; it includes many business functions you need to have management or administration degree to get into business. Good luck!

annahussy
11-23-2012, 06:21 PM
I think if you have enough knowledge of accountancy and some of accounting software than you can get good job easily in any firm. There is no matter that you are single degree holder.

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