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Your Master's programme is a good basis for many positions in both the private and the public sector, including the positions of auditor and controller (or management accountant). While working, you can specialize further by following an executive master programme.

Many auditors start their career at one of the Big Four auditing firms: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Ernst & Young. Businesses have their annual accounts audited by this kind of firms. Auditors examine the overall organisation of the business. They get a picture of its internal controls, look at its accounting information systems and test the reliability of these systems by conducting random sample checks and data analyses. Controllers are employed by businesses themselves. Their tasks include preparing the annual accounts and other reports. They are also one of the people the auditor talks to when assessing the information systems of business. In addition, controllers are responsible for preparing budgets, making cost price calculations, assessing investment proposals and designing performance measurement systems. Strategic decision-making, IT solutions and risk management are also examples of subjects a controller deals with.

If you finished the Accountancy profile, you can combine your job with following the Executive Master programme of Accountancy (EMA). The programme lasts one and a half years and is combined with a three-year practical internship. On completion, you will be entitled to use the title Executive Master and the Dutch qualification of 'registeraccountant'. If you finished the Controlling profile, you can choose to follow the Executive Master programme of Finance and Control (EMFC). This programme lasts two years. On completion, you will be entitled to use the title Executive Master in Finance & Control and the Dutch equivalent 'registercontroller'.

For more information about these executive master programmes:
http://www.rug.nl/feb-for-business/business-school/executive-masters/

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Your Master's programme is a good basis for many positions in both the private and the public sector, including the positions of auditor and controller (or management accountant). While working, you can specialize further by following an executive master programme.

Many auditors start their career at one of the Big Four auditing firms: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Ernst & Young. Businesses have their annual accounts audited by this kind of firms. Auditors examine the overall organisation of the business. They get a picture of its internal controls, look at its accounting information systems and test the reliability of these systems by conducting random sample checks and data analyses. Controllers are employed by businesses themselves. Their tasks include preparing the annual accounts and other reports. They are also one of the people the auditor talks to when assessing the information systems of business. In addition, controllers are responsible for preparing budgets, making cost price calculations, assessing investment proposals and designing performance measurement systems. Strategic decision-making, IT solutions and risk management are also examples of subjects a controller deals with.

If you finished the Accountancy profile, you can combine your job with following the Executive Master programme of Accountancy (EMA). The programme lasts one and a half years and is combined with a three-year practical internship. On completion, you will be entitled to use the title Executive Master and the Dutch qualification of 'registeraccountant'. If you finished the Controlling profile, you can choose to follow the Executive Master programme of Finance and Control (EMFC). This programme lasts two years. On completion, you will be entitled to use the title Executive Master in Finance & Control and the Dutch equivalent 'registercontroller'.

For more information about these executive master programmes:
http://www.rug.nl/feb-for-business/business-school/executive-masters/

Check voor career services: Career services

Potentiële beroepen

  • Auditor
  • Controller
  • Financial manager
  • Consultant in the domain of financial management / information systems
  • Testimonial van Marlies van Uhm

    Working at Ernst & Young

    Marlies van Uhm. Graduate in Accountancy, working at Ernst & Young

    I didn’t have to wait long to find a job after graduating. I’d already been working as an assistant accountant at Ernst & Young Groningen for two years. In May 2009, I was hired for the same position in Amsterdam. I’m currently combining that job with a training programme to become a registered accountant, for which I’m in Groningen one day a week. My job is very varied; I’m usually visiting clients in the region and so I’m rarely at the office. Instead, I find myself at banks, hospitals and IT companies, where I audit the annual accounts. It never gets boring, but I do find I have less time for the fun things I used to be able to fit in as a student. Sometimes you just have to put in as many hours as you can. An advantage is that my position closely ties in with the degree programme I studied, particularly the theoretical aspects, such as describing processes within organisations and the tools you need to audit annual accounts.

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    – Marlies van Uhm
  • Testimonial van Klaas Sportel

    Student Accountancy & Controlling Klaas Sportel

    – Klaas Sportel
  • Testimonial van Toine Schouteten

    Wherever you are, there is always a need for people to check if things add up

    “In order to understand the significant added value that the MSc in A&C offers, I always rely on examples that don't appear at first to relate directly to my studies. I've undertaken a number of extra-curricular activities during my time in Groningen and it has proved very valuable for me to be educated at the academic intersection of finance, auditing and internal control. Whether it was in a political position, during my internship in Kenya or now that I am writing my thesis on the subject of governing the global diamond and diamond jewellery value chain, there is and always will be a demand for people who can understand financial and non-financial information and explain to others why something should or should not be done. In the words of a Dutch ambassador I once spoke to, 'Wherever you are, there is always a need for people to check if things add up'. If you are looking for a sound academic base for doing this, I would encourage you to apply for the MSc in Accountancy & Controlling.”

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    – Toine Schouteten
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