The accounting & finance sector has always offered rewarding career paths in areas such as tax, accounting, audit & assurance, commercial analysis and corporate finance.  Over the years, the industry has undergone rapid transformation through digitisation.  

With ever-changing legislation, the finance function must disrupt itself to meet the needs of its clients, including corporate boards, regulators, sales and marketing departments, suppliers and auditors. Finance teams are now increasingly expected to serve as a true business partner, as opposed to being a back-office function that just focused on transactional processing and historical reporting. 

Businesses have also invested heavily in technology and there are now more positions requiring specialist technical skills (i.e. business intelligence, specific ERP knowledge, etc). The ability to draw and present insights from large data sets is crucial to support driving optimal business performance and commercial decision-making.

But it’s not just digital and technical skills that are in increasing demand in 2024. Organisations want to rebuild trust and strengthen customer engagement. This actually increases the demand for people with innately human capabilities such as empathy and creativity, which can’t be replicated by machines.

When talking to employers about their talent demands, we’re therefore seeing a growing focus on people with emotional intelligence and the ability to assimilate into the organisation’s work culture. As a potential applicant, your skills should also be transferable – show that you have the ability to collaborate and work on a range of cross-functional projects.

Of course, some things never change and core qualities such as strong communication and presentation skills, a customer service focus, analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as project management experience will always be viewed favourably.

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