QI hold a degree in Tourism (major) and Kiswahili. I want to change my career. I feel that my calling is accounting. Do you think a professional qualification such as the certified public accountancy (CPA) alone would help, without the backing of a business degree?
AThe examinations manager at the Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (ICPAU), Bosco Ntangare, says a graduate of any course can make a successful accountant if he did a CPA. He says you can make it without a business degree. All it requires is for you to succeed in the profession is determination and keenness.
QI did a certificate in agriculture and a diploma in wildlife management. Can I do an agriculture course at the university?
AVincent Ekwang, the Makerere University admissions chief, says you cannot be admitted for agriculture. He says applicants are required to have a national diploma in agriculture or animal husbandry to be eligible for admission to the bachelorâ€™s of agriculture through the diploma holdersâ€™ scheme. You can apply for the bachelorâ€™s of wildlife health and management. However, this also requires you to have got at least a second-class or credit diploma. Inquire from academic registrars of various universities for more information about the course.
Q I studied physics, economics, math and entreprenureship at Aâ€™ level. What is the advantage of taking a bachelors degree over a professional course, for example, doing B.Com instead of CPU/ACCA for a student who has a dream of being an accountant or auditor?
AThe examinations manager at the Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (ICPAU), Bosco Ntangare, says both the degree and the professional course are crucial for any
one who wants to be an accountant or auditor. He says the degree builds oneâ€™s research and writing skills among other proficiencies while the diploma course is required for practising and membership to the professional regulatory body. However, Ntangare says it is better to begin with the degree but if resources allow, one can undertake both courses concurrently.
Q I did my Aâ€™ level exams last year and scored (6DDDC) in physics, chemistry, biology and math. What career opportunities are available for me if I do a degree in bioprocess engineering?
ABioprocess engineering teaches students to develop alternative energy sources and products, and to provide alternative strategies for dealing with household, agricultural, industrial, and municipal wastes. Online information shows that graduates can find jobs in food processing companies, manufacturing firms, research and education facilities, research laboratories, government agencies, natural resources agencies, power/utilities companies, pharmaceutical companies and research firms. You can consult universities for further information about the course.
QI did history, economics, literature and entreprenureship in Aâ€™level and scored 4BEBC respectively. In my Oâ€™ level, I got 2 distinctions, 7 credits and 1 pass. Do I qualify for law? What other professional courses am I eligible for?
ATwo principal passes scored in Aâ€™ level is the minimum entry requirement to university through the direct entry scheme, according to the National Council for Higher Education guidelines. Since you scored four principal passes, Makerere university spokesperson, Ritah Namisango, says you are eligible for admission to many courses, law inclusive. Others include education, information science and social work and social administration. You should make a choice depending on your career interests and ability.
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