Well basically I have been working in the financial industry for around 18 months now doing investment sales. I am now 20 years old and I am looking so start a career and after much research I want to go into accounting.
I have GCSEs and average grades in A levels.
I need advice on how to get into accounting.
Do I study AAT levels 2,3,4 off my own back then look for a job?
Do I looking for an apprenticeship? but i understand that's difficult to find
I would like to go on to study the ACA OR ACCA eventually.
I'm an apprentice in a finance department, but I’m doing a Business and Admin NVQ and I want to be an accountant too.
My workplace pays for employees to do professional studies but I couldn’t get it because I hadn’t been working there over a year, so I decided to pay for CIMA courses out of my own pocket and got advice to go to BPP because it was so recommended by everyone I knew. The classes, lecturers and materials provided were absolutely brilliant but SO EXPENSIVE! My wages are luckily higher than the average apprentice wage, because of my company and I paid by a no interest credit card so I was able to handle it financially (just!)
If you DO choose to study off your own back, choose your school/tutor/college very carefully. Make sure to look at the pass rates because if you fail a professional test, it stays on your record and it’s really not worth paying cheaply and failing. Just see it as an investment into your future and hopefully the money spent will come back to you as you progress .
I went in at entry level with the CIMA certificate qualification and it was very interesting but really fast paced and required a heck of a lot of head down study time. You shouldn’t let this put you off though because all professional accountants have to work and study at some point, including those that go to Uni, as it’s the combined experience and the theory that get you fully qualified.
I heard that AAT offers apprenticeships. I don’t know much about this, but you could try to set something up with your company and AAT so the government pays for your studies?
Also if you have GCSE and A levels you should be able to go straight into the ACCA and ACA studies without doing AAT, however AAT is a good starting point for those with no experience in accounting whatsoever, so it depends on how confident you are really.
Like I said, I’m an apprentice and I would shout the schemes praises off the rooftops if I could! Go onto the government website and have a look at the current vacancies and you might find something worth applying for, it’s where I found mine http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Ty...ccounting.aspx