2 You don't have to be a graduate. Students with good A-levels can start as accounting technicians, then study for qualification.
3 If a graduate, treat your training period as an opportunity to learn about business, rather than an extension of university social life.
4 Decide your specialism (eg, audit, taxation) early on, and whether you wish to move into a practice, business, banking or the public sector.
5 You need to be bright and at ease with numbers, but you won't get far without being a good communicator.
6 Accept secondments to build business experience. Work hard and socialise. You must be at ease with colleagues when under pressure.
7 Fine technical skills and making the right people aware of them get you to the top fast. Exceptional accountants can make partner by 29.