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Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

Ample opportunities in hospitality sector

If you are interested in a career in accounting and auditing then it is best to take up work in a CA firm, or any good financial consulting company

education Updated: Mar 20, 2019 15:36 IST

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I am a student of chartered accountancy. I cleared the CPT and IPCC in the first attempt but failed the final examination in the previous attempt. My articleship has been completed from a mediocre firm. I have re-appeared for the exam in the most recent attempt. Now I am confused whether I should take up a job in the industry or in a CA firm. Also, please guide me how to land a job in the Big 4 (consulting firms). What kind of preparation will that require?

If you are interested in a career in accounting and auditing then it is best to take up work in a CA firm, or any good financial consulting company. Any work experience you get in your field of work is more important than the tier of the firm. After all, what prospective employers look for is the kind of work you are able to handle and what you have learnt from your experience. The present day complex tax systems, improved methods of computing costs and controlling budgets, digital accounting systems and payment providers, have increased the importance of the accountancy profession and opened several avenues. Today, companies look for professionals who can perform multiple functions and are well-versed with the changing environment. You must, therefore, try to upgrade your knowledge and skills in the field you wish to work in and pick up the requisite training. There are specialized courses available today in all aspects of accounting, auditing, taxation, as well as specialised areas of finance and banking. The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) has launched a certificate course on GST to train professionals in areas such as registration and calculation of tax liability under the new system.

I am a final-year student of BA. My subjects are political science and English literature. I would like to be a professional chef. Which institutes can I consider?

If you enjoy baking a cake, or experimenting with an exotic dish, you can transform your hobby into a successful career. With the boom in the number of hotels and eateries in the country, those qualified in culinary skills have good career opportunities both in India and abroad. You can get into this field after graduation in any subject, as there are specialized courses in catering or culinary arts, and also hotel management programmes where you can specialize in kitchen training. Culinary arts is a highly specialised field which requires a keen knowledge of food, as well as fine aesthetic and creative skills. There are diploma and certificate courses offered by most of the hotel training institutes including the Indian Institutes of Hotel Management and Catering Technology in all state capitals, and those run by private hotel chains such as the The Welcomgroup School of Hotel Management in Manipal, the Indian Institute of Hotel Management at Aurangabad set up by the Taj group and the Oberoi Center of Learning & Development, Delhi. Specialised culinary institutes include the Culinary Academy of India, Hyderabad, International Institute of Culinary Arts, New Delhi, Cidade de Goa College of Hospitality and Culinary education Goa and several others.

There are also short duration courses of six months to a year conducted by the government-run Food Craft Institutes in most of the state capitals.

(The columnist is director of Career Smarts and the author of The Penguin India Book of Careers Vol 1 and 2. Views expressed are personal)

First Published: Mar 20, 2019 15:36 IST

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