How do we determine the future of the accountancy profession?
We’re uniquely positioned with a vast membership that spans over 180 countries, which puts a highly skilled network of professionals at our fingertips. And it’s by asking our network critical questions that we can really understand where our profession is today – and what the future holds.
Our research identifies what attracts Generation Next to a finance career, their aspirations and challenges, satisfaction levels in their current role and how they see the future of the profession.
This is what they said:
85% agree finance experience is valuable for future leaders
‘One of the reasons why I joined finance was the potential for long-term career prospects. The profession offers job security, and you get to interact with many other parts of the business; it really gives you a lot opportunities to get an all-round experience.’
- Mohammad Afzal, Corporate Audit Europe, Pepsico
80% want a role in a different country or region at some point
‘Starting my own business gave me the flexibility I needed, and having the ACCA Qualification gave me the confidence to do that'
- Clare Glover, owner, Secret Beauty Club
81% say they eventually want to start their own business
84% see technology as an opportunity rather than a threat as it enables them to focus on much higher value-added activity
‘I’m fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and have spent time living abroad so I think working abroad would be an exciting opportunity, and in an increasingly globalised world, there are increasing opportunities to do that'
- Shezad Muhammed Ali, financial accountant, RIT Capital Partners
53% find on-the-job learning most effective
73% of respondents aim to move sector at some point in the future
'Employers should take notice of the findings and prepare for Generation Next by offering on-the-job learning.'
- Maggie McGhee, director of professional insights
Get the full picture from our insight report
Read the Generation Next research findings (PDF format, 15MB)