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    So here's the deal.

    I'm 23, I graduated in 2014 from LJMU with a 2.2 BA Architecture degree (I know it's not great, I had no idea what I wanted to do, I mean who does when they're 17?!).

    I'm currently a Recruitment Consultant - this is a very sales-y job and I 100% know sales is not the career for me. However, I am also the Financial Administrator for my company. It's nothing big, we're a v. small business - I create, send, chase invoices, make sure all payments are up to date and logged, create credit notes, that kind of thing. Nothing too technical.

    I really enjoy this side of things. I've always been a Maths person and am very good at it. So now I need advice.

    I know I want to go into this as a career, but there are many different options and I don't know what they all are!

    What does an Accountant do? If I didn't want to become an accountant, are there other options? Which qualifications are best? What do they each prepare you for?

    Just some general advice would be great haha

    Hi Bethan Mary,

    I little about me, Male, 22 and graduated in Business and Finance with a 2:1.

    And I found a "temp" financial assistant job very close to home which was perfect for when I was looking for my "grad job". The company I still work for liked my work and in a 3/4 months gave me much more complicated work and in 5/6 months offered me a job as a service charge accountant with full study support for ACCA or CIMA with a good salary and the standard health and dental.

    Firstly I wouldn't dismiss idea of working for smaller firm, you will be exposed to some much more inside and outside finance department. I have helped legal with contracts and the treasury with cash flows while my job to manage the revenue and expenditure for a few hundred properties.

    In regards to qualification, this is usually an interesting/controversial topic but whichever you pick you shall learn a lot but you really know it, it is up to you study more and keep up to date. You may come across some old-school snobbery around ACCA vs ACA which is silly but many employers are old-school so while it is silly now it shall take a generation or two for it to be over.

    Hope this helps a bit. Basically get some experience in a financial function in anyway and you shall be able to see for yourself and talk to the other accountants and how they got there.
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