The Accountant’s Life After University


I know that walking out of university, degree in hand, is both thrilling and unquestionably one of the scariest things you will ever do. For one, you are saying goodbye to a way of life to which you have become accustomed for the past few years. And then there is the fact that you leave the nest, so to speak, knowing that South Africa’s economic landscape is scarce when it comes to employment. However, there are opportunities that will assist you with your search for your first placement after university— and here they are:

Remain Positive

The last few years have been tough on the people of South Africa but if you do not have any major plans to jump ship and you would like to remain committed to investing in building up this beautiful country and it’s economy, then all you will need is a positive mental attitude. If you have a positive attitude, then you are more likely to be resilient and patient for the perfect position. And finding that good fit is a win-win-win for the company, country and yourself.

Build Your Network

Do you know how many times a friend of a friend helped an unemployed person to get their foot in the door? Finding work only through job listings is not the only option open to you, and serendipity can be on your side—but only if you know the right people. If you are a student member of SAIPA, you can attend two free SAIPA events in a year, giving you the perfect opportunity to build your network and widen your net.

Reach Out To Your Previous Contacts

Undoubtedly, at this stage you will have already gone through this process. After all, you have your degree to prove your success! If you made a good impression, you can contact the firm at which you articled and they might find room for you. Remember that when you are a SAIPA student member, we link you with firms that offer SAIPA articles.

If you want to find out more about SAIPA’s benefits for Accountancy students, then please click here and read all about it, and if you would like to join SAIPA as a student member, you can do so by following the instructions on the same page.