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    Hi Guys

    First time poster - long time reader.

    I graduated with a 1st Class Masters degree in Chemistry from Russell Group and have am currently doing a PGCE in Science.

    In short, I don't think I want to be a teacher yet. I'd rather do something else and potentially come back to being a teacher in my later years. I've looked at the accountancy route in quite some detail and it seems fairly appealing. With a high end science degree I think I for fill most of the initial criteria so I was wondering what advice you guys could give to me for any application? I'm aware the positions open generally in September so I was thinking of taking a gap year to apply properly?

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    (Original post by TheHammer91)
    Hi Guys

    First time poster - long time reader.

    I graduated with a 1st Class Masters degree in Chemistry from Russell Group and have am currently doing a PGCE in Science.

    In short, I don't think I want to be a teacher yet. I'd rather do something else and potentially come back to being a teacher in my later years. I've looked at the accountancy route in quite some detail and it seems fairly appealing. With a high end science degree I think I for fill most of the initial criteria so I was wondering what advice you guys could give to me for any application? I'm aware the positions open generally in September so I was thinking of taking a gap year to apply properly?

    Thoughts?
    In terms of entry criteria, there's usually also a minimum UCAS points requirement (300 points is typical) as well - but I suspect that in getting your university offer you'll have met that. That aside, a First in Chemistry should certainly meet what you need and give some decent transferable skills.

    Each year's graduate intake will be around August/September for most firms, to come after the end of the academic year and also to coincide with the start of many professional qualification training courses. There's still scope for you to apply for 2015 entry at the moment, but don't leave it too much longer if you want to go that route.

    Before applying, the first thing that you need to consider is which 'service line' (i.e., broad area of specialism) you want to apply for. Audit/assurance is most common, but I'd recommend also looking into what other options there are, as the working patterns and nature of work can vary quite significantly, Commonly, you'll find these other areas defined as tax, advisory and corporate finance. I'd suggest spending some time looking at the careers material of some of the larger firms to get a rough idea of what's involved, then perhaps come back here if you have any specific questions following that.

    Whatever you end up deciding upon, good luck!
 
 
 
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