Accountancy can help thousands reskill post Covid-19

By Team BitBol, 

Accountancy is a global game changer for many thousands finding themselves at a career
200,000 jobs are available on the ACCA Careers site every month as college leavers plan their
next steps and career progressors continue their paths to future success. Job seekers and
students are also urged to make use of ACCA Careers’ employability tools to aid them in their
ACCA Careers offers a free CV review and a career management session offering advice on
career paths, along with virtual interview guidance and job-hunting tips. ACCA members and
students are also invited to attend virtual career fairs attended by some of ACCA’s top
employers such as PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG.
This support comes at a critical time for the Pakistan economy where jobseekers and students
face significant challenges owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nigel Bicknell, head of ACCA Careers, underlined the important role accountants play during
times of crises. He said: ‘Accountants are very much at the coalface helping businesses tackle
what are hugely significant and worrying times owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘The ACCA Qualification is the future-ready career, which provides stability and flexibility. The
qualification focuses on skills of the future, providing all round business acumen. When times
are hard, employers are zeroing in on skills. That’s where ACCA can come into play. Our focus
is on lifelong care for students – progression and evolution as an accountant is continuous.’
Thousands of students across Pakistan have recently graduated with matriculation,
intermediate and O/A-Level and are currently struggling to plan their future career choices due
to restrictions on international travel and delay in local college and university admissions.
Sajjeed Aslam, head of ACCA Pakistan said: ‘ACCA recognises that the university route is still
popular but believes in diverse opportunities for young people to enter the accountancy
profession. Professional qualifications carry greater employer trust and recognition and
professionals holding designations such as FCCA and ACCA are regarded more work-ready.’
ACCA member Farah Iqbal, planning and performance manager at BP PLC said: ‘The ACCA
Qualification has opened doors for me. It’s an exciting industry that’s no longer about number
crunching but the path to a truly global career, with the flexibility and opportunity to specialise

and work in any industry. In the future I hope to further apply my skills to focus on sustainability
and environment.’
With the working world facing an uncertain future due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people,
irrespective of age, should consider retraining or upskilling to change career paths.
Research from ACCA and PwC Finance Insights – Reimagined, highlights organisations
focusing on the short-term reskilling of the population rather than the longer-term return on
Sajjeed Aslam concluded ‘The turbulence of this Covid-19 pandemic has made many people
carefully consider their future career paths. Alongside this, businesses are also reappraising the
way ahead, and the they will need forward-thinking finance professionals that can solve the
challenges of the future. The ACCA Qualification moves with the times, continually evolving it so
it’s relevant for tomorrow’s world. And we’re reimagining accountancy for the digital age, so that
the roles of the future are more interesting, more meaningful and more valuable than ever.’

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