South Africa has very few skilled, professionally trained workers, so there is always a need for employees with a good grasp of a practical profession. Bookkeepers are always in short supply and in high demand – every company needs a day-to-day financial administrator, and most business owners realise the importance of hiring a skilled bookkeeping expert.
The fundamentals of bookkeeping are straightforward to learn and practise. Anybody with basic numeracy skills and an eye for detail is well suited to train as a bookkeeper; current office administrators, receptionists and secretaries are also well placed to learn these vital skills – both to boost their own knowledge and to become more valuable to their company.
Becoming a bookkeeper has several benefits. First, you do not need to take lengthy courses or get complex certifications to become a bookkeeper, so it is accessible to people who can only afford to study part time. Second, since bookkeepers are always highly sought after, it should be easier to find an entry-level job if you have this practical skill. Third, it is an excellent way to get vital on-the-job experience, leading to better opportunities and new career avenues in finance to explore down the line. Finally, being a bookkeeper also opens you up to learning other skills, like computer literacy, personnel management and other facets of office administration.
While most bookkeepers are employed at a specific company, it is also possible to work as a freelancer, meaning that existing contract workers or people between jobs can add the skill set to their portfolio of offerings.
To find out more about bookkeeping, consider the University of Cape Town Bookkeeping short course, which starts on 03 October 2011. For more information visit www.getsmarter.co.za
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