Hey, so I'm in a bit of a dilemma and just wanting advice...
I'm currently doing my AS Levels, and to be honest, not particularly enjoying it. I don't dislike it, but I also don't like it. I'm planning to become an accountant afterwards, and I've just seen a perfect looking apprenticeship advertised for an AAT apprentice.
Shall I apply for it, and drop my A Levels (Obviously after exams) to take it, or shall I continue with A Levels?
Dropping A Levels for AAT apprenticeship watch
- Thread Starter
- 19-04-2016 22:20
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- 21-04-2016 23:40
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- 30-04-2016 17:54
Hi there, I don't know if I am too late but I just want to explain my experience...
At 17, I was doing my AS Levels, just like you. I did not enjoy it nor did I like any of the universities I had visited. On the day of my results (I got 3 Bs and a C - not to bad...) I decided I really did not want to do another year. On that day, I researched my options and found out about AAT. I visited my local college and enrolled. Shortly after, about 2 days later, I got a call from the college with regards to a apprenticeship opening. I went to the interview and was convinced I was not going to get it due to lack of experience. 2 days later, I got it. I did my apprenticeship for 2 years at a solicitors. I worked very hard and did not treat it like an apprenticeship, but like I was a normal employee earning twice the amount I was receiving. I know apprenticeship wages can be low but push through it. I had the option to continue on at the solicitors but I wasn't finding it as a challenge. So at 19, I left and found a accounts assistant job at a motor dealer and started my AAT level 4 (the company pays). I have now just turned 21 and I am doing my last AAT level 4 exam and I am an assistant accountant, to progress to dealership accountant in 6 - 9 months.
I would highly recommend to go down the apprenticeship route - it is hard work but at 21, you can be an accountant too with no uni debts and you will also be ahead of your uni peers too. I am one of the many success stories from apprenticeships and I wish someone made me aware of them sooner.