Newly qualified CAs(SA) have a host of options, among them a career in public practice, commerce and industry, government and education.
In public practice, CAs(SA) are usually actively engaged in accounting and auditing, tax advice and compliance, financial management and investigations, and information technology.
Chartered Accountants who follow the financial management route when training often stay in
Commerce and industry in the company’s financial department, or end up running operations in large companies.
In a country with high unemployment, it’s rare that a Chartered Accountant is unable to find a job, since the CA(SA) is much sought after both in South Africa and around the world – making them the hottest property to boot. There are also 6000 CAs(SA) working around the globe, holding their own businesses.
So these top dogs can travel wherever they want to. And they usually become leaders in their chosen field of business, because the training and experience they receive equips them to survive just about any challenge. Which also means they have what it takes to start and make a success of their own business.
A limited number of bursaries are available to those wishing to study towards becoming a CA(SA). The Thuthuka Bursary Fund offers bursaries to students who were previously economically, socially and educationally disadvantaged, while several firms in public practice also offer bursaries.
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