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    Hi everyone, I completed my A levels and was originally looking to go to university to study economics, however i came across a good apprenticeship in accountancy, which qualified me as an ACA chartered accountant through AAT after sixth form. Over the time period of this I've become more and more interested in investment banking, and I wish i went into that route instead, I've read online about it not being uncommon for ACA chartered accountants going into investment banking however as i went through the apprenticeship route rather than degree, would it still be possible to move into investment banking?
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    (Original post by 11harry11)
    Hi everyone, I completed my A levels and was originally looking to go to university to study economics, however i came across a good apprenticeship in accountancy, which qualified me as an ACA chartered accountant through AAT after sixth form. Over the time period of this I've become more and more interested in investment banking, and I wish i went into that route instead, I've read online about it not being uncommon for ACA chartered accountants going into investment banking however as i went through the apprenticeship route rather than degree, would it still be possible to move into investment banking?
    Honest answer: extremely unlikely.

    You might potentially be able to move into Asset Management (as some banks run apprenticeship schemes for this so you could just transfer). But for actual S&T/IBD roles it's probably easier you go and get a degree. I might be wrong about this, but I've never heard of it.

    Email HR, explain and ask. Certainly no harm.

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    How many years of post-qualification experience do you have? Going on another apprentice or degree/grad scheme may be a waste of time.
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    Yeah you sound about right will, Yeah i suppose I could email HR to find out and yeah I wouldn't be looking to go back to university to do a degree, or another school leavers option such as an apprenticeship as i would feel it would be a waste of time, I only just qualified as ACA, 3 years through AAT and then a further 3 years doing ACA chartered.
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    (Original post by 11harry11)
    Yeah you sound about right will, Yeah i suppose I could email HR to find out and yeah I wouldn't be looking to go back to university to do a degree, or another school leavers option such as an apprenticeship as i would feel it would be a waste of time, I only just qualified as ACA, 3 years through AAT and then a further 3 years doing ACA chartered.
    Ok I suggest waiting another year or two, build some contacts and network your way in. I used to work with a guy who had gone through the big 4 apprentice scheme, was a senior manager at 27 and eventually quit to join a PE firm. What type of clients do you cover?
 
 
 
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