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    I'm looking into accounting training schemes (As a school leaver, not a graduate programme). I would like to make a list of pro's and con's of the job by drawing on your experiences (People who are doing/ have completed the training). I am looking at doing a course with one of the top firms.

    I've read quite a bit on this forum- horror stories and hate threads through to positive threads about the training (ACA).

    I hope that this thread would get some activity and can help some other people in my position.

    First of all, the Pros:

    - Obviously the salary is quite good compared to other jobs.
    - You are learning good skills.
    - You can progress as far as CFO's etc at the top of businesses
    - You can join start up businesses as the finance person
    - It's a well paid profession
    - [I'll add more when people tell me some ]

    Now the cons:
    - Long hours
    - First year is a lot of data entry
    - Not much personal time when you account for studying time (No pun intended)
    - [Any more?]

    Obviously i've come up with these from reading this thread. Please let me know if you think any of them are wrong.

    What other ones would you add?
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    I don't think it's so easy to weigh up the pros and cons. Different people value different things and may not see pros and cons the same way.
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    (Original post by Runninground)
    I'm looking into accounting training schemes (As a school leaver, not a graduate programme). I would like to make a list of pro's and con's of the job by drawing on your experiences (People who are doing/ have completed the training). I am looking at doing a course with one of the top firms.

    I've read quite a bit on this forum- horror stories and hate threads through to positive threads about the training (ACA).

    I hope that this thread would get some activity and can help some other people in my position.

    First of all, the Pros:

    - Obviously the salary is quite good compared to other jobs.
    - You are learning good skills.
    - You can progress as far as CFO's etc at the top of businesses
    - You can join start up businesses as the finance person
    - It's a well paid profession
    - [I'll add more when people tell me some ]

    Now the cons:
    - Long hours
    - First year is a lot of data entry
    - Not much personal time when you account for studying time (No pun intended)
    - [Any more?]

    Obviously i've come up with these from reading this thread. Please let me know if you think any of them are wrong.

    What other ones would you add?
    I agree with Tokyoround - depending on whether you become an ACA student at a firm in financial services, charity sector, public sector or professional services, whether it is a small local practice or the big four - each experience is different!
 
 
 
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