22 Jul 2016
Best in business: Numbers game
Jennifer French has leant out millions of dollars, opened bank franchises and run her own businesses and now the self-made Queen of numbers is passing on her knowledge to the next generation of accountants.
Jennifer, who teaches the new University of Canberra Bachelor of Accounting course at TAFE Queensland’s South Bank campus, believes despite the stereotypes, a career in number crunching is as exciting as it is varied.
“It’s such a broad occupation and it can lead to so many things. That’s the thing with accounting, you don’t just become an accountant,” she said.
“You can do anything from banking to being a specialised auditor or forensic accountant. You can be a management accountant or a tax accountant, you can be a financial planner, or a teacher, it’s extremely broad.”
Accounting today is about more than punching numbers; it’s about the global political climate and shifts in the fabric of society. It’s a study in the way people use money.
And given transferable skills are key to adapting to changing job markets, it’s a future-proofed career option.
“It’s certainly not a static industry, technology is changing and policies are updated,” she said.
“That’s the nature of business; it’s always changing so it’s always exciting.
“I had no idea how flexible the industry was when I started. If you’re an accountant for a firm it doesn’t mean you can’t all of a sudden become a teacher, or a banker, or a business owner. You’ve got that flexibility. It’s a great qualification or that.”
Eager to jump into a world of numbers?
The Bachelor of Accounting is a University of Canberra degree delivered in partnership with TAFE Queensland at our South Bank, Brisbane campus.
To learn more about our business and accounting degrees visit our degrees page.