This sheet is intended to enlighten students on the qualities needed and advise them to succeed in BTS CG. It also informs you about available postBTS opportunities.
BTS Accounting and Management offers a set of possibilities that it is important to know and study to consider its orientation.
I. Brief presentation of the sector: deadline and outputs
1. Maturity: the exercise of a varied profession
At the end of their training, the overall mission of the BTS CG holder is to take over the accounting and management activities of the organization in which they work. The exercise of the profession can be done as an employee or as an external service provider, on behalf of the company in which it operates. The accounting and management activities concerned mainly include:
● The recording of accounting operations and their verification during the end-of-year work allowing the preparation of financial documents.
● Administrative and accounting activities for personnel management, linked to payroll processing.
● Carrying out tax work (calculations and payment of taxes) and preparing declarations with the authorities.
● Organizational performance analysis activities (cost calculations and analysis, cash management, financial analysis) to prepare for decision making.
These activities respond both to the need to respect the obligations to which organizations are subject and to their need for efficiency. All of them require the ability to use the resources offered by a digital environment.
2. Professional opportunities
At the end of the BTS CG, diploma holders can enter the job market. This integration is facilitated by the current shortage of qualified professionals in the area of accounting and management. They can find a job:
● Within companies, as a sole accountant in small structures or as an accountant, possibly specialized (eg co-ownership), or integrated into an accounting department in larger companies.
● In specialized companies or entities providing accounting and management services, as an assistant or collaborator (accounting companies, approved management associations, auditing companies). They may also be account managers or consultants (auditing and consulting firms).
● In the voluntary sector for jobs similar to those of companies.
● In accounting and financial services in the public sector, even if the regulations in force and practices are different from those applicable in the private sector.
In general, the holder of the diploma carries out his activities within the scope of a team, a service or a direction. The most frequent names are: accounting assistant, single accountant, accounting assistant, accounting manager, customer accountant, supplier accountant, payroll manager, assistant management controller, assistant financial and accounting management, etc.
3. Post-BTS CG Opportunities
After obtaining BTS, students are not required to interrupt their training and have interesting opportunities.
● Continuation in the preparatory class for the Diploma in Accounting and Management (DCG): Adhering to the traditional path to accessing the diploma of statutory auditor (DEC) is the logical solution for any student with this objective. Integration will then take place in the second year of the DCG preparatory class. The student will thus have acquired the necessary foundations and sufficient maturity to enter this sector of excellence where rigor is essential.
● Continuation of the preparatory course for adaptation of the superior technician (ATS): Like the traditional CPGEs, the preparatory course for the ATS aims to prepare students for the entrance exams in the main business schools. It is organized between courses at a high school and university. This training allows you to issue a license to students. Integration into the business school will then take place, after passing the competition, at the master’s level.
● Obtaining a professional license: Universities and IAE (even private schools) offer BTS CG holders access to a “pro license” to continue their studies in a work-study format. These professional licenses can be varied, opening many doors for the BTS CG (accounting, real estate, insurance, banking, finance, etc.).
● Obtaining a license: Universities and IAE (even private schools) offer holders of BTS CG gateways to integrate them into a traditional license. The student continues their studies in a field often related to accounting, management or law. As during your BTS, internships are organized to develop professionalism.
II. The qualities and skills needed to succeed
Management professions have in common the fact that they require certain qualities to be successful. BTS CG aims to train students in these professions, so it comes to verify that the expected qualities are acquired:
1. Autonomy and organization
Higher education courses require students to be autonomous in their workload. They must organize themselves quickly to be effective in the tasks that are required of them. In business, future professionals are expected, among other things, to be able to meet deadlines and anticipate events through good planning.
2. Perseverance in Difficulty
The technical areas (accounting, tax, payroll, etc.) are full of rules, principles and exceptions. Therefore, it is normal to make mistakes during the training phases. Resuming difficult exercises to perform them often makes it possible to overcome obstacles.
3. Rigor before the regulations
BTS CG teachings are often based on legal aspects. These are not improvised and leave little room for interpretation. Rigor is therefore essential.
4. Precision and Clarity
The BTS disciplines also revolve around the accounting and financial management of a company. For this, it is necessary to carry out more or less complex calculations. It is therefore necessary to acquire the habit of justifying the values found to demonstrate their veracity and explain the logic that led to the result. Presentation is also essential to improve the readability of the work by the reader: rendering in the form of summary tables is to be preferred.
5. Written and oral fluency
The accountant, often perceived as discreet and not very open, is a decoy. You must communicate regularly (with your clients when you are a service provider, with the other departments when you are present internally) to obtain the necessary elements to carry out your work or to disclose important information. These communication skills are learned and developed: you need to gain self-confidence.
III. Tips for a good start to the year
1. Adopt a student posture
It is essential to gain maturity quickly. Many BTS candidates are enrolled in courses that are far from their family home. Entering higher education often means movement and independence. This conquered independence should not be a mirror for larks where the student believes in freedom. It is true that the constraints could be resolved, but the requirements related to the degree will be there.
2. Quickly get into a work rhythm
In higher education, the main complaint made at the beginning of the year is the lack of rhythm in learning. You are asked to be quickly operational in the knowledge acquisition methodology. Many works must be carried out alone or in groups to confront the student with their difficulties and try to solve them, as in a professional environment, autonomously.
3. Take a methodical approach
Classes are given in the form of problem situations. However, teachers should not be expected to provide a quick fix or a recipe that can be applied in all cases: they provide a clear methodology that must be appropriated and developed according to the exercises. Learning and understanding the methodology are therefore the pillars of success.
4. Don’t be discouraged
Discouragement is usually felt in the middle of the first semester, around December. The beginning of the winter period, the results of the first homework and the difficulties in applying the demanding instructions can be the reason for the motivation. Taking a positive approach and looking back on your upbringing can be an effective way to regain your courage. It is likely that some failures will score more than others, but you have to be persistent: if the student made it to the section, it means there is room for him.
Several links and books can be consulted regularly to improve the economic, legal and managerial culture of BTS CG students:
https://www.compta-online.com/ (general and technical information about accounting and management professions).
https://www.experts-comptables.fr/ (Site of the Association of Official Auditors).
https://www.cncc.fr/ (Site of the national company of auditors).
https://www.efl.fr/ (Publishers of books and web content specializing in accounting and law).
https://www.editions-tissot.fr/ (Publishers of books and web content specializing in labor law).
The specialized press (Les Échos, economic alternatives, strategies, management, capital).
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
The BTS CG is a diploma that forms versatility and rigor. It allows you to quickly enter the job market, especially as an accountant, but does not close the door to further studies in various areas.
The success of these studies requires specific qualities that students do not necessarily possess when entering the section. They will have to intensify their efforts to integrate them at the end of the two years.
As with any post-baccalaureate course, maturity and working method will be discriminatory for success: we must not be discouraged in the face of these challenges!