Careers in accountancy

There are more employment and career opportunities in accounting than there are in many other areas of study because the management of financial information underpins all business activity.

Massey University's recent graduates have been employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte, and Ernst and Young – these are known as the ‘Big Four’ international accounting and consulting firms. Our graduates have also found jobs with companies such as Fonterra, Toyota, New Zealand Post (Business and Industry) and BNZ Bank (Finance), as well as Mid-Central Health and Audit New Zealand (public sector).

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Become a professional accountant

Becoming a professional accountant is a prestigious achievement, which will make you even more sought-after by employers.

What do I study?

Massey University’s Bachelor of Accountancy is the best degree to choose if you wish to become a professional accountant. It is a specialised accountancy degree - the only Bachelor of Accountancy offered in New Zealand.

Check the planning pages on the degrees below for specific requirements for professional body membership or talk to a Massey student advisor. It is very important for professional membership that you choose the right courses in your degree.

What do I do next?

Do some research as to which professional accountant you'd like to become and make sure you include any courses they require in your study programme.

The Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) is the professional body for practicing accountants in Australia and New Zealand and membership is particularly important if you wish to become a financial accountant or auditor. On top of completing your degree you need to complete three years of work experience.

CPA Australia offer a programme to become a Certified Practicing Accountant which also involves completing work experience.

For membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) you need to complete further examinations and three years' work experience.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) membership requires some more study after you have completed your degree. You will then become a CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant).

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Other careers in accountancy

The study of accountancy prepares you primarily for careers in accounting roles and in business. However, there are also opportunities to work in education, the corporate or public sector, or as a consultant providing business or tax advisory services. An accountancy major can also lead to a career within general management.

Many of our graduates start their careers in accounting but later move into other areas. They are able to take with them the financial and non-financial performance evaluation skills that are so important for senior executives.

What should I study?

If you have a more generalist career like the above in mind, the best degree to study at Massey University is the Bachelor of Business (Accountancy). If you are not sure which path you want to take, and want to keep your options open for becoming a chartered accountant, make sure you get advice from an academic administrator at Massey. You can then include the required courses for becoming a professional accountant in your degree as electives.

Internships

Business Internship

The Business Internship is available to high-achieving undergraduate business students in their final year. Students will complete 180 hours in the workplace over two semesters (timing negotiated between the student and organisation). Past students have undertaken a wide range of projects including software systems implementation, marketing planning, social media initiatives and operational analyses.

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Meet our graduates

Explore accountancy

Find out more about study programmes, research, facilities, services and people in the area of accountancy at Massey.

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