As the industry continues to evolve, many people ask: what is chartered accounting?
The old stigma that accountants are boring 'calculator freaks' is fast dying. More and more, the types of people entering this rapidly growing and fast paced industry are dynamic, young business professionals with a keen eye for business success. They are responsive, quick thinking business advisors who embody more than mere number-crunching!
Grant Thornton member firms provide fine examples of such change within the industry. Many of the staff are in their early to mid twenties, introducing a vibrant culture, reflected by a willingness to embrace change and new technologies. This fits particularly well with the firms’ client bases, consisting mainly of growing, entrepreneurial medium sized and family owned businesses, who themselves require dynamic, flexible business advice. Grant Thornton member firms recruit staff who have two key attributes. The first is that they are bright and technically competent, enabling them to provide accurate, technically succinct advice to their clients. The second, and equally important attribute is that staff have strong relationship skills, otherwise known as people skills!
Gone are the days when accountants attempt to baffle clients with technical wizardry. Chartered Accounting is about communicating with people simply and succinctly. The Chartered Accountant that takes on the role of a true business adviser will seek to understand their client's needs and to help them navigate a path whereby the client can achieve their goals, both business and personal.