I would like your help in deciding about which qualification is more suitable for me in the UK job market. I am based in Pakistan and shall be moving to the UK with a valid work permit. I have about 8 years of work experience within areas of accounting, auditing (Big 4), and corporate finance. Currently I am working more or less as a Financial Controller in an organisation in Pakistan. I would like to know if it’s better to do ACCA or PIIA/ MIIA. I am interested in working within areas of internal auditing, risk & compliance.
With your extensive experience within the accountancy profession, it may
be advisable to keep your options broader at the outset of your UK career. Bear in mind that you’ve not yet experienced
working in the current UK market and
you will be new to a career in internal audit.
Both are untried areas for you and there is no guarantee that either
will fulfill all your career aspirations in the medium or longer term.
Instead, first consider your existing qualifications and find out what will be recognized in the UK. This will also very relevant regarding exemptions from any UK qualification you eventually decide to pursue.
Your existing qualifications may well be enough to get you started in the UK, experience the market and give you a base on which to build a more strategic career plan.