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How accountancy changed the world

February 05 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

How accountancy changed the world

Popular opinion often assumes that being an accountant is dull – but the impact that a good accountant can have on a business is immeasurable. Not only that, but accountancy has had a huge effect on the world in general.

Below are just a few of the contributions that accountants have made in shaping the modern world – pursuing a career in accountancy may well be more exciting than you thought.

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11 office buzzwords you need to stop using

February 05 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

11 office buzzwords you need to stop using

It’s important to understand the ideas and trends that shape your industry, but there are some buzzwords that just don’t do anyone any good.

An overzealous employee with an endless supply of workplace jargon is something of a staple in the modern office- but no one wants to be that person. Overloading your speech with industry terminology can not only be annoying, but unnecessarily confusing.

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Office dress codes: obsolete or essential?

February 03 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Office dress codes: obsolete or essential?

Does a dress code still have a place in the modern office? As more and more companies move towards a more casual approach to business style, we investigate whether dressing for success really does help you get ahead.

Besides the time and money investment of upgrading your wardrobe, choosing the right outfit for work every day can present a never-ending swathe of dangers: jeans or no jeans? Are denim shorts ever appropriate? Is there such a thing as too formal for work?

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Video: Great Minds series - LSBF interviews Wayne Bowers, CEO of Northern Trust

January 26 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

CEO of Northern Trust, Wayne Bowers, has spoken of his belief that the increase in regulations in financial services are fully justified.

In an interview with LSBF, Mr Bowers admitted that getting to grips with regulatory environments can be a challenge for companies and those looking to launch a career in the industry.

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Video: Great Minds series - LSBF interviews Eric Salama, CEO of Kantar Group

January 15 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Increased access to data is changing the way companies are looking at the market, believes Kantar Group CEO Eric Salama.

In an interview with LSBF, Mr Salama noted that greater emphasis on market research is improving the way businesses are using data to better understand their customers.

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Important bodies in the world of accountancy

December 21 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Important bodies in the world of accountancy

As with any long-established and widely-respected field, there are many different official and semi-official bodies in the accountancy sector with large numbers of members that influence the industry. Here are the best known and most important of them.

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Video: Great Minds Series - LSBF interviews Ian Pittaway, Senior Partner at Sacker & Partners LLP

December 16 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

In an interview with London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), Ian Pittaway, Senior Partner of Sacker & Partners LLP, said he believes that the pensions sector will face new challenges because of a continually rising life expectancy.

Speaking with Nadim Choudhury, LSBF’s Head of Career Services & Employability at as part of the LSBF Great Minds series, Mr Pittaway discussed the issues that will affect the pensions sector in the near future.

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Four qualities essential for graduates to become successful entrepreneurs

December 14 ,2015 | by Prof Maurits Van Rooijen

Four qualities essential for graduates to become successful entrepreneurs

In the US, graduation is called ‘commencement’, as it is perceived as the beginning of the rest of your life. The end of study, the start of reality.

For many, commencement - or indeed graduation - marks the beginning of the traditional job hunt season for thousands of people. Of course, there is always the option to startup your own business, however, to be a successful entrepreneur, academic knowledge and professional skills alone are not enough. In my eyes, there are three main ingredients for entrepreneurial success.

 

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5 incredible cities where you can find a career in accounting

December 04 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

5 incredible cities where you can find a career in accounting

One of the best things about a career in accounting is the wide variety of places around the world you could choose to work in; accounting certainly stands as a global profession.

Although some aspects of accountancy will vary from country to country, the basic principles remain the same - that means a CIMA qualification can take you almost anywhere! Here are just a few of the fantastic cities you could work in...

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How to deal with ACCA exam failure

December 03 ,2015 | by Rob Sowerby

How to deal with ACCA exam failure

It’s common for students to feel disappointed by exam results; but the real test is how you react to it.

In this article, LSBF Director of Professional Courses, Rob Sowerby, gives you advice on how to pick yourself up after failing an ACCA exam.

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7 tips to succeed in leadership and entrepreneurship

November 25 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

7 tips to succeed in leadership and entrepreneurship

Starting out in the business world is full of big decisions. By going it alone and setting up your own company you take significant risks that may not always work out, while taking on a leadership or strategic development role in an existing firm comes with expectations and dangers of its own.

Either way, your job is to take a business and make it grow, and then keep making it better. But once you manage to get your foot in the door, how do you become a successful leader?

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Successful SMEs build upon excellent employees

November 23 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Successful SMEs build upon excellent employees

Attracting the right employees and having a welcoming atmosphere at work can spell the difference between success and failure for your SME.

To improve your business, you need create the right work environment and find the best team to help develop your firm into a success. If you can keep employees loyal, happy, and develop their skills, they’re more likely to want to stay with you for most of their career. This is especially important if you find an exceptional candidate.

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Video: Great Minds Series - LSBF interviews Natural History Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon

November 20 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

The Director of London’s Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon, has spoken out about the importance of the impact technology can have on visitor experience.

Speaking in the museum’s Darwin Centre as a part of London School of Business and Finance’s (LSBF) Great Minds series, Sir Michael explained that technology is important for both visitor interaction and the scientific happenings behind the scenes.

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5 tips for securing your first job after graduation

November 18 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

5 tips for securing your first job after graduation

When you’ve studied hard to complete a postgraduate – or even undergraduate - qualification, it’s easy to think you’re set for the future. You’ve developed advanced skills that will really help you stand out and show employers that you have what it takes to succeed. Surely that’s the hard bit over?

In fact, there are a few more hurdles you need to clear in order to you secure an industry role. Here are LSBF’s top five tips for landing your first job after graduation:

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Selecting the right MBA for you

November 17 ,2015 | by Dr Steve Priddy

Selecting the right MBA for you

Dr Steve Priddy, Director of Research at LSBF, offers his advice to those deciding which MBA best fits their career plans.

 

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Video: Great Minds Series - LSBF interviews VTB Capital Plc's Masroor Haq

November 13 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

VTB Capital’s International Head of Infrastructure Capital and Project Finance, Masroor Haq, believes that education plays an important role when it comes to banking industry talent.
 
Speaking with London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) as part of its Great Minds interview series at VTB Capital’s London headquarters in Bank, Mr Haq said that education can provide aspiring bankers with the tools they need to succeed in the industry.

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5 benefits interim professionals bring to businesses

November 12 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

5 benefits interim professionals bring to businesses

In a market where skilled professionals are a scarce commodity, businesses are relying on interim resources to meet growth plans.

Today, change is a constant. As a result, businesses of all sizes and in all industries are increasingly looking beyond their conventional model of hiring by including interim professionals as part of their recruitment strategy.

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Why technology trends are revolutionising the interview process (and how to prepare!)

October 27 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Why technology trends are revolutionising the interview process (and how to prepare!)

Today’s students and graduates are the first generation to grow up completely immersed in the digital age – and graduate recruiters are catching up with the latest trends.

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5 steps to securing your dream career

September 24 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

5 steps to securing your dream career

Whether they’re studying at university or obtaining practical experience at a company, there are a lot of people working towards chasing their dream careers today. There are also many people who may not be so sure of what they have to do to get there.

Once upon a time, all you needed to do to achieve your career aspirations was demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen industry. Times have changed a lot since then, but ambition hasn’t faded. That means that achieving your goals now requires a lot more effort and a much more colourful CV.

Are you looking to enter a new career? If you’re at a loss as to what to do next, here are the five steps you should take towards securing your dream job.

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LSBF survey finds nearly 50% of UK workers want to change careers

September 18 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

LSBF survey finds nearly 50% of UK workers want to change careers

Nearly half of the UK work force is looking for a career change, a new report produced by London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) suggests.

The study found that 47% of respondents wanted to change careers, though many were unsure when they would go ahead with it. Of those who did have a concrete plan, most were thinking of leaving their current roles in two years or earlier. 

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Do universities really (not) offer value for money?

September 08 ,2015 | by Prof Maurits Van Rooijen

Do universities really (not) offer value for money?

This question emerges from a recent ComRes survey which showed that four in ten students felt that their university course had not been worth the fee that they had paid, as reported by BBC Radio 5 Live.

This is in comparison to the last national student survey, which indicated 86% student satisfaction. So what are the factors that could affect these answers?

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Why starting your career at an SME is good for you

August 19 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Why starting your career at an SME is good for you

If you’re studying at university, chances are you’ve seen all the big employer names out on campus vying for your attention – and, ultimately, your talent. 

Whether they’re running large campus events or popping up in your lecture theatres, you’re far more likely to meet a Times Top 100 employer than see a small, local start-up making an appearance on campus.

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From Chef to Finance Chief – Interview with Kyle Tyrrell, Head of Finance, AXA Global Protect

July 10 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

From Chef to Finance Chief – Interview with Kyle Tyrrell, Head of Finance, AXA Global Protect

In just seven years, Kyle Tyrrell went from working as a chef in a catering business to becoming head of finance at one of the world’s leading insurance companies.

He was awarded Newly Qualified (NQ) Accountant of the Year at the 2015 PQ Magazine Awards. Here, Kyle talks about how his career has excelled since completing ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) at London School of Business and Finance (LSBF).

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What to expect from a career in accountancy

July 10 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

What to expect from a career in accountancy

There are a lot of misconceptions about working in accountancy - for example, many assume that finance is a boring subject. As we have written before, this is not necessarily the case.

In addition to having a good head for numbers, accountants also need a sharp sense of professional ethics, an eye for detail, and the ability to make informed judgements about financial decisions – there’s a lot more to it than the public perceptions.

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Access to higher education - the next frontier

Access to higher education - the next frontier

What can the next generation of young people expect when it comes to higher education?

Professor Maurits Van Rooijen discusses the value of higher education and the need for a change in attitudes towards re-entering the educational system later in life.

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