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Changing to Accountancy after Masters

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    Hi guys,

    In September 2016, I'll be doing my Masters at the LSE. I currently work in Marketing and this is most likely my last chance to determine a career path.

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my job and the field I currently work in but it's by no means something I had planned. My ultimate goal is to take over my family's business, which is growing and the challenge is great. But in the meantime, I want to gain a variety of experiences, both professionally and socially. Hence, why I'm doing a Masters in London.

    My question, therefore, is about Accountancy. I don't want to work for a large firm as I always thrive in smaller institutions. Do you know how the smaller Accountancy firms view career changers such as myself, especially if they're older than your average graduate, e.g. 21-23?
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    They take in many applications and they dont mind if your old. However just keep in mind that by doing a masters in accountancy you will only get 1/2 exemptions from the professional quals.
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    Age is not hugely significant, least of all in your 20s/30s. Firms aren't biased against career changers, particularly if they bring expertise from other areas, or at the least are willing and able to learn. Completing a Masters is, at the very least, a sign of interest in the subject and proof that you can hack it intellectually, so you may find some firms more willing to sponsor study of e.g. the ACA or CIMA. Graduate schemes are open to career changers, as far as I am aware, but you may be able to bypass that route entirely, the more qualified you are.

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