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Graduates beware: Accountancy comes with a health warning
Monday, 03 September 2007
Professional & financial services
Keen graduates hoping to build a career in the accounting could be under a health risk due to the increased hours expected of financial sector employees.
Recent research conducted by careersinaudit.com, suggests that almost 75 per cent of accountants believe that their rising hours have impacted negatively on their health.
Worryingly, 32 per cent claim to be suffering from stress and more than a quarter allege to be affected by a lack of energy.
Concerned with the increasing workload for financial sector workers, Max Williamson at careers in audit.com said: "Many accountants have a hard work ethic and are extremely committed to their company.
"However employers need to be mindful not to set a precedent that workaholics are favoured more than others when it comes to promotions or pay-rises. Particularly when employees' health is at risk or staff are having to miss significant family events such as christenings, holidays or funerals."
Meanwhile, graduates hoping to break into the financial sector are being offered the chance to study at a recruitment 'boot camp' by some firms.
The 'boot camps' offer graduates the chance to work on a temporary basis with the focus of training them into a more specific role when they have the right skill level.