Accounting jobs in Dubai

Old Jun 7th 2012, 4:53 pm
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Hi guys,

Just finished unviersity in the UK (studying BA Accounting and Finance) and I'm thinking about moving to Dubai in the next few years.

Are there roles available which are suitable for individuals who only speak English?

Your help is much appreciated.
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Old Jun 7th 2012, 5:02 pm
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Hi guys,

Just finished unviersity in the UK (studying BA Accounting and Finance) and I'm thinking about moving to Dubai in the next few years.

Are there roles available which are suitable for individuals who only speak English?

Your help is much appreciated.
To be brutally honest, none. Well, none with a salary you'd be willing to accept.

Even the most senior of the bog standard accountants out here are paid a third of what you'd earn in a average entry level accountancy position in the UK.

You're competing with Indians who are as well qualified for the job. They're just willing to do it for a lot less.

You'll have to get about five-ten years under your belt and specialise in something before you'll have a chance of earning a wage that will support a Western expat lifestyle.
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Cheers for the advice mate.

Ok, what if I had 5-10 years experience in an accounting environmental and then specialised in Internal/External Audit. Would these roles be more suitable for me?
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Cheers for the advice mate.

Ok, what if I had 5-10 years experience in an accounting environmental and then specialised in Internal/External Audit. Would these roles be more suitable for me?
yes, post back in 7years and Blue Cat will be able to advise you.
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awww I can't wait that long!!! ok, I'll have to think of somewhere else! has anybody worked or know of the roles available for accountants in Gibraltar or Australia???
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has anybody worked or know of the roles available for accountants in Gibraltar or Australia???
Hhhmm, in the Middle East forum what do you think the chances are? Roughly, a WAG as opposed to a ROM.
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haha ok, I'll change the forum. thanks for the info
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Originally Posted by topoftherock
Hi guys,

Just finished unviersity in the UK (studying BA Accounting and Finance) and I'm thinking about moving to Dubai in the next few years.

Are there roles available which are suitable for individuals who only speak English?

Your help is much appreciated.
In my experience, getting a degree in Accounting and Finance is typically just the first stage towards getting qualified as an Accountant.

You will now need to use your degree to proceed to get some form of professional designation such as ACA or ACMA by sitting the Accountancy Exams, while working for a firm of Chartered Accountants because gratifyingly the degree is a prerequisite to such work being on offer. Having your degree can sometimes get you exemptions from some of the papers in those exams.

Only then will you be taken seriously as an applicant for overseas employment but the rewards will be far greater and there will also be good home-grown opportunities if you in due course were looking for them.

Most overseas jurisdictions will require you to have the proper designation if only because they can perfectly easily find un-fully-qualified accountants there within the ranks of their own nationals.
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many thanks for your informative information!. My degree entitles me to 9 exemptions from ACCA's 14 papers. I will be studying for the remaiming 5 proffesional papers in September which will take 18 months (working alongside this until I get the 3 years required experience).

What is ACCA like in Saint Lucia?
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many thanks for your informative information!. My degree entitles me to 9 exemptions from ACCA's 14 papers. I will be studying for the remaiming 5 proffesional papers in September which will take 18 months (working alongside this until I get the 3 years required experience).

What is ACCA like in Saint Lucia?
A professional usually knows how to spell the bloody word!
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many thanks for your informative information!. My degree entitles me to 9 exemptions from ACCA's 14 papers. I will be studying for the remaiming 5 proffesional papers in September which will take 18 months (working alongside this until I get the 3 years required experience).

What is ACCA like in Saint Lucia?
Don't really follow accountancy out here.

I qualified as an ACA in England and then left nine months later and did 30 years in Bermuda in practice and then in industry ultimately at Chief Financial Officer level.

You don't HAVE to make the Accountancy profession your next stop as there are plenty of other routes to fame and fortune, through banking, shipbroking/chartering, supply chain/logistics, insurance, investment advisory etc. but they will all require some sort of qualification for you to gain recognition and a work permit.
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aw yes, I typed too quick and didn't check my spelling!
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aw yes, I typed too quick and didn't check my spelling!
I guess most of us have done that at some point.
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Yeah I see what you mean, however, I will definitely pursue my career in accounting because this is where I seem to excel
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Yeah I see what you mean, however, I will definitely pursue my career in accounting because this is where I seem to excel
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