Being an accountant in South Africa is a great thing, you are an extremely qualified professional with technical and practical experience in various industries and areas of business. The world should be your oyster right? Well, yes and no.
There is indeed still a strong demand for qualified accountants, but mostly in traditional “pigeon holed” roles such as:
- Financial/Group/Tax/Fund Accountant etc
- Financial Manager/ Financial Controller
- Audit Manager
If these traditional roles are exactly what you are looking for and why you became an accountant, then that’s great, these are very valid career paths that can be very rewarding and could lead to exciting career pivots down the line, so they are not to be discounted. But they can easily become a career trap if you are aiming for something more.
Additionally, if you are a non EE candidate in the South African market, even these traditional roles will be hard to get. Overseas there is the additional challenge of work permits and visas.
So If you were sold on the idea that an accounting qualification would be a solid, highly sought after broad business foundation that would open doors and enable you to leverage yourself into more exciting areas of business, then there is obviously a challenge to overcome.
This is the goal of futureblender, a site created for ambitious South African accountants with an alternative outlook on life and what they expect from their careers. Highly driven achievers that want to take control of their destinies, think outside the box and create a fulfilling future for themselves. We want to create a place that inspires and empowers, showcasing the exciting career possibilities that only an accounting qualification can offer.
This site is for accountants in all stages of their career – whether you’re still studying, busy doing your articles, newly qualified or an experienced professional looking to make a career change.
- We will analyse all the various career paths available to accountants (traditional and alternative), giving advice how to get there.
- We will feature compelling interviews with individuals who have been successful in achieving this, as well as featuring companies that support these paths.
- You will find info on further training/qualifications that are helpful if not necessary add on’s to your accounting qualification.
- Another big focus area is entrepreneurship, and we will be featuring loads of useful articles and guides on starting your own business, especially in the South African context.
- For those of you that are keen on spreading your wings we will feature overseas opportunities for accountants, the locations that offer them and how to get there.
We are just starting out and are keen to grow our focus and ensure we best serve the needs of our readers. We have grand plans for futureblender, and see the end goal as being a vital connector between you the individual, and the opportunities out there that would realise your unique career aspirations.
We are therefore extremely keen to hear your feedback on what you most want out of futureblender, and how we can improve. Therefore please sign up to our newsletter and watch out for us on other forums such as Linkedin and Facebook soon. This way we can build this community together and really make a difference.
(futureblender was started by Gideon Kretschmer, a CA (SA) with broad experience in SA as well as abroad. Like you, Gideon is not content with being a career accountant, and is an ambitious and creative individual with alternative career goals. To find out more about Gideon, connect to him on Linkedin, or if you want to get in contact, see the contacts page)