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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
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    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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