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There’s no doubt that bookkeeping is a very popular line of work in Australia, with over 100,000 currently plying their trade in the profession. It’s well paid too, with the average salary coming in at around $65k - so it’s not hard to see the allure for ambitious people. But what about the job prospects that come from completing bookkeeping-based financial planning courses?

Well, to begin with, being a bookkeeper can give you absolutely professional freedom, as it enables you to either be employed, work as a freelancer or even to run your own business. It’s easier to get your foot in the door than with accounting too, as most roles don’t require a degree or two.

So, What About Those Career Possibilities?

As you’ll learn on good financial planning and budgeting courses, the role of bookkeeper involves generating and recording financial data for individuals and organisations - and you often this involves being employed on a PAYE basis. The good news for anyone with the skills is the fact that there are a number of positions this provides access to and they include:

  • Registered bookkeeper
  • Chartered certified accountant
  • Company secretary
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Forensic accountant
  • External auditor

So, as you can see, the career progression on offer is really only limited by the amount of time and effort you’re willing to put into it. And given all of this information, the question you should possibly be asking yourself is whether it’s for you or not. To know that, you really need to understand what you’re likely to encounter in the role. 

An Exciting, Yet Responsible Position

The first quality that characterises the type of person suited to bookkeeping is an organisation, so you’ll need plenty of it. You’ll also need to have a keen eye for detail and a very analytical mind and you shouldn't forget that it’s a role that comes with more than a little responsibility, so an ability to work well under pressure is something of a must. 

A certificate in budgeting and forecasting will give you the knowledge you need to carry out the role, but it’s important that the day to day work is something that you enjoy doing or you’ll quickly find yourself craving another line of work. 

Get The Qualifications You Need On Your Terms

So, if it’s a job that excites you and you’re looking for a stress-free, affordable and convenient way to get the skills to realise your ambitions, then all of the training you need is available online with OCA. We offer a wide range of professional financial planning courses and our Introduction to Bookkeeping Certificate is a great place to start.

To find out more about this or any of the online training we offer, simply visit us at where you’ll also see that each hour of our courses contributes towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. These make you even more attractive to employers by showing your commitment to self-improvement.

If after browsing our site, you still have questions that you’d like us to answer, all you need to do is give us a call today on 1300 611 404 and our friendly advisors will give you what you need.

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