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Accounting and finance is a lucrative career option, especially in the UAE. We have compiled a list of reasons why you should start or take up accounting qualifications if you are looking for a great job and continuous career advancement. Specifically in the UAE, with so many businesses and new developments, along with the upcoming VAT policies have the potential to increase the demand for qualified finance professionals.

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1. Short-term and long-term

For people fresh out of school and looking for graduate or post-graduate courses, there are many long-term qualifications available in the market. However, if you are already working and have less time to spare, it is easier to choose something short-term or something that can be learnt with no effect on your work hours. Accounting offers both options in diverse courses including degrees, diplomas and certificates.

2. International prospects

Accounting degrees and qualifications are recognised internationally, unless you took it from a non-accredited university or institution. If you plan on migrating or in case of expats – even going back to your home countries, having a solid accounting qualification ensures that you can always look for a job suited to your experience levels.

3. Training providers

UAE, as an international hub, offers a plethora of options in terms of accreditation and training providers. Whether it be a full-time bachelor’s degree or a part-time diploma in book-keeping, you can find an accredited training provider here. However, choosing the provider should be done carefully. Ask for credentials and ensure it’s the real deal. You can also check the list of approved trainers on the course or program website. Discounted offers should only be taken with a pinch of salt.

4. Software and computer knowledge

Accounting is a fast-growing and evolving field; having the right kind of technical ability can land you your dream job. Most companies have specific accounting programs they use, but crash courses and accredited online courses are available for the most common ones including Tally, Peachtree and QuickBooks. Take advantage of your job-search time or for new mothers, your maternity leave to brush up on your skills and get acquainted with the latest technology. This is easy to do and can give you an edge over other applicants.

5. Start your own thing

This is more for those who have been in the trade for some time - 10 years or more. With a file of accounting qualifications and grasp of the current accounting technology, why not start your own business? UAE is a great place for freelancing provided you have the ability, experience and good contacts; and every company appreciates solid accounting help when required - especially for auditing, financial consulting and training.