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How accountancy can take you to Hollywood

February 19 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

How accountancy can take you to Hollywood

Every business sector needs a good accountant – including the film industry – so there’s no reason to limit yourself.

For most people, accountancy is the last profession they think of as glamourous; but it plays a vital role behind the scenes of the silver screen. Without proper oversight of the finances, studios can get into trouble and films can go massively over budget.

Here’s what an accountancy in the film sector could look like.

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5 cool jobs in accounting that you didn't know existed

February 19 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

5 cool jobs in accounting that you didn't know existed

Looking for an inspiring and exciting profession in one of the most dynamic, lucrative and interesting industries in the world? Look no further than the field of accountancy.

Yes, you read that right. It is something of a myth that accountants have repetitive vocations that offer little in the way of excitement. The reality is far from that assumption; many roles within the sector go beyond the usual audits, inspections and analysis of financial records.

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Making the Jump to Entrepreneurship

February 19 ,2016 | by Aaron Etingen

Making the Jump to Entrepreneurship

Every entrepreneur, at some point in their career, will be faced with the same question: how can I be sure it’s the right time to give up the safety of my job and become a full-time entrepreneur? LSBF Founder Aaron Etingen helps solve this puzzle.

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What it takes to achieve ACCA success

February 16 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

What it takes to achieve ACCA success

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is one of the leading international accounting bodies, and their esteemed ACCA qualification is highly sought after by aspiring accountants and future leaders in finance all around the world.

Comprising of 14 examination papers, it takes a hardworking, dedicated and passionate individual to successfully pass all of the ACCA exams. One of these individuals is Daniel Jheeta, 26, who studied and passed ACCA at LSBF, studying part time through both weekend and evening classes.  

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What comes next for newly qualified accountants?

February 10 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

What comes next for newly qualified accountants?

Many students finish their final exams and then find themselves intimidated by the prospect of entering the job market.

It can be a daunting situation, but entering the workforce can also be an exciting opportunity if you have planned properly. For the best results, you should begin to plan a few months before you actually finish your course.

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The Reality and Relevance of a University Degree

February 09 ,2016 | by Prof Maurits Van Rooijen

The Reality and Relevance of a University Degree

When it comes to university, there are two opposite lines of thinking. The first is that a university education is highly overrated - some people would advise you not to bother. Instead, just follow your own passion. This view is expressed seriously by very senior and successful people.

The second view is that unless you get into one of the top universities, you have a serious hurdle to overcome for your future career. Top universities are typically defined as institutions with the highest prestige in research and which select the most academically gifted students (usually defined by A-level scores). Many companies are quite open in telling people they will only recruit from top universities.

Both of these views are equally convincing - and equally misleading.

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6 reasons to do a summer internship

February 09 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

6 reasons to do a summer internship

With summer fast approaching once again, it’s almost time to decide how you will spend your summer break.

When you’ve spent most of the year writing assignments and preparing for exams, you may feel as though summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax. However, an increasing number of students are now using their summer holidays to gain an advantage over their future competitors in the job market.

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Video: Great Minds series - LSBF interviews Nick Hollingworth, CEO of Austin Reed

February 08 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Nick Hollingworth, CEO of men’s fashion retailer Austin Reed, spoke to London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) about leadership, and the benefits of working in the retail industry.

Mr Hollingworth said: “The word that describes most successful leaders, and that most leaders would hope to apply to them, is the word inspirational.”

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ABC: the formula for organisational success

February 08 ,2016 | by Prof Maurits Van Rooijen

ABC: the formula for organisational success

How can a simple ‘ABC formula’ help lead your company to success?

LSBF Rector Professor Maurits van Rooijen, reveals, and explains how your business can use it to encompass aspiration, organisation and community building.

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5 ways to ‘manage up’ difficult bosses

February 08 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

5 ways to ‘manage up’ difficult bosses

Plenty of us will have a difficult boss during our careers. Here’s our survival guide for managing your manager.

There comes a time in every professional’s career when they notice that their manager is making life harder rather than easier. Most of us will encounter a bad boss at some point – and it can be very difficult to stand up for yourself, especially if you’re in the first few years of your career. 

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Learning is not just a classroom thing

February 05 ,2016 | by Prof Maurits Van Rooijen

Learning is not just a classroom thing

When we talk about learning, we usually imagine classrooms, books, maybe computer screens - but the most important form of learning is learning from experience.

This is a valuable key to success, and should be taking place every day in the workplace. It's a learning skill that can help to make you successful, so it's worth taking very seriously indeed.

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How to secure funding to run your own business

February 05 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

How to secure funding to run your own business

In the ruthless world of business it can be a struggle to secure investment, and gaining funding for a startup can be arduous and disheartening.

Before winding up in the boardroom of a venture capitalist desperately trying to form a convincing pitch, you might want to plan ahead, adding in some key information that will be sure to pique their interest.

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The checklist every new business needs

February 05 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

The checklist every new business needs

With entrepreneurship continuously growing, there are more and more new businesses being created every day – especially in London.

However, it’s a real risk if you have never run a business before: over 50% of new start-ups go under within the first three years. To avoid that, here are some important tips that every entrepreneur should be aware of when setting up their first business.

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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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