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    Do you work for the big 4, a smaller nationwide firm or a local firm?
    How did you find the work life balance throughout your training?
    Which format of exams did you do (block, intense, I'm not sure if there are others)?
    How many weeks out of the year did you find that you were studying?
    How many days per week did you allocate to studying?
    Did you find that the process put a strain on your relationships with partners/friends?
    Were you still able to lead a normal life in terms of having some down time to chill out or were you constantly frazzled throughout the experience?

    My university lecturers pretty much tell us that we have to give up everything we ever enjoy in life and just spend 3 years straight studying. How does this compare to your experience?

    Edit: this clearly became more than one question, sorry hahahah
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    (Original post by GoingToBurst)
    Do you work for the big 4, a smaller nationwide firm or a local firm?

    B4

    How did you find the work life balance throughout your training?

    TC Level - Exempt from most of them, however the one's I did have to do were very easy having studied accountancy previously and there was sufficient time from work to focus. At this state your work load is very light usually too.

    TPS Level - Sat in two blocks of around 7 weeks that covers 2 exams each. During this time I was completely away from work and never checked my email etc.

    TPE Level - There is no new knowledge to study for, more about technique and application. Not quite as removed from work as the other stages and you are usually in charging jobs by this stage so there is more juggling work and study, however this block is not that long.

    Which format of exams did you do (block, intense, I'm not sure if there are others)?

    As mentioned above.

    How many weeks out of the year did you find that you were studying?

    TC Level - Almost none
    TPS Level - 2 blocks of 7 weeks (there is some pre course work that you are meant to do in the lead up to the blocks but I didn't bother doing this).
    TPE Level - Covers 2 and half months but was very off and on.

    How many days per week did you allocate to studying?

    Commenting only at the TPS level - for each block I was completely focussed on my studies and throughout the block would usually study 5 or 6 days for first half and 7 days in the lead up the exams.

    Did you find that the process put a strain on your relationships with partners/friends?

    Yes and no, during the TPS blocks I drank no alcohol and my socialising was very limited. I would see friends and family but mostly only for an hour or two in an evening during the week.

    Were you still able to lead a normal life in terms of having some down time to chill out or were you constantly frazzled throughout the experience?

    Yes it was fine, I made sure I did not work past 8pm, including taking about a 2 hour break in the afternoon to go to the gym etc.

    My university lecturers pretty much tell us that we have to give up everything we ever enjoy in life and just spend 3 years straight studying. How does this compare to your experience?

    It's tough no doubt, however many people experience it differently. I personally went with the method of study study the minimum to get a comfortable pass but not overwork myself to try and get the prizes that some students do. Throughout my training contract I witnessed some people put in far less work and fail, there were others who studied ridiculous hours and only got a few % points higher than me (which means nothing unless you get the very top score and win a prize).

    Edit: this clearly became more than one question, sorry hahahah
    See answers above, feel free to ask any further Qs.
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    See answers above, feel free to ask any further Qs.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer me, that was really helpful! I totally get that it's a touch qualification to do, but it's nice to see that it isn't 365 days of studying for three years on the trot haha. Thanks again .
 
 
 
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