Which uni for Accounting?

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I have got offers from both Reading and Cardiff for Accounting. I have been to both towns and really like both of them. Therefore I am not sure which uni i should go for. Which uni would you choose? Why would you choose it?
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Whichever will let you change to another degree.

Doing Accountancy is little help if you want to be an Accountant (and no-one at 18 should have THAT ambition!) and deadly boring. The professional firms happily take engineers and historians into their training programmes and the time advantage for an accountancy graduate to reach ICAEW qualification can be as little as 6 months - is it really worth being bored for three years? The only exception to this advice is in Scotland where the firms tend to prefer a relevant degree as the ICAS qualification procedure is different.

If you really are keen to do this subject then choose Cardiff - your funds will go further.
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Whichever will let you change to another degree.

Doing Accountancy is little help if you want to be an Accountant (and no-one at 18 should have THAT ambition!) and deadly boring. The professional firms happily take engineers and historians into their training programmes and the time advantage for an accountancy graduate to reach ICAEW qualification can be as little as 6 months - is it really worth being bored for three years? The only exception to this advice is in Scotland where the firms tend to prefer a relevant degree as the ICAS qualification procedure is different.

If you really are keen to do this subject then choose Cardiff - your funds will go further.
Thouh if you do want to go into Accountancy a degree in the subject will give you plenty of professional exemptions.

And it's not all boring, especially nowdays where Accountants are also managers.
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Cardiff because it has everything a student could ever want. Saying this I've never been to Reading university, although I have been to Reading and nothing really jumped out at me.
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(Original post by DenverDiva)
Whichever will let you change to another degree.

Doing Accountancy is little help if you want to be an Accountant (and no-one at 18 should have THAT ambition!) and deadly boring. The professional firms happily take engineers and historians into their training programmes and the time advantage for an accountancy graduate to reach ICAEW qualification can be as little as 6 months - is it really worth being bored for three years? The only exception to this advice is in Scotland where the firms tend to prefer a relevant degree as the ICAS qualification procedure is different.

If you really are keen to do this subject then choose Cardiff - your funds will go further.
Who are you to say what he would find boring or exciting, lots of my friends find economics really boring yet to me it's great. Obviously he would have researched the degree before chosing it, so your opinions are irrelevent. Plus theres no way that an Accountancy degree is the worst possible degree one could chose, furthermore almost all accountancy degrees are joint honours with finance...quite a useful degree to get into most of the financial sector infact. Sure, an Economics degree would open up similar doors but it's also much more competitive...why face this competition when it doesn't give the same exemptions as a course that you are passionate about would. Stupid narrow-minded people.
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accounting and finance is one of the most employable degrees in the uk. you are pretty much guaranteed a decent job after graduation, this degree is rather unpopular as people find accounting boring- thats most people, i personally know many people who find accounting interestng, but not that many people do.
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You may disagree with my views but I write as someone who joined a top accountancy firm's graduate training programme with a very non-specialist degree. That year's intake was equally split between specialist graduates and the rest of us. The advantage of having an Accountancy degree was often discussed and both groups agreed that the benefit was minimal. Our managers explained that they were tending to prefer non-specialist, especially analytically-based, arts graduates because the job was less and less about number-crunching and the technical stuff which was taught at uni could be picked up relatively quickly once the person was in work.

I'm a strong advocate of studying a subject because it fires you rather than for its job prospects - your undergraduate degree is probably your last chance before retirement to spend three or four years indulging your brain - if Accountancy does this for you, great, but if you are choosing it only for its job propects then be aware that it's not the only way into the profession.
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(Original post by DenverDiva)
You may disagree with my views but I write as someone who joined a top accountancy firm's graduate training programme with a very non-specialist degree. That year's intake was equally split between specialist graduates and the rest of us. The advantage of having an Accountancy degree was often discussed and both groups agreed that the benefit was minimal. Our managers explained that they were tending to prefer non-specialist, especially analytically-based, arts graduates because the job was less and less about number-crunching and the technical stuff which was taught at uni could be picked up relatively quickly once the person was in work.

I'm a strong advocate of studying a subject because it fires you rather than for its job prospects - your undergraduate degree is probably your last chance before retirement to spend three or four years indulging your brain - if Accountancy does this for you, great, but if you are choosing it only for its job propects then be aware that it's not the only way into the profession.
ok ok..but you said:

Whichever will let you change to another degree.

Doing Accountancy is little help if you want to be an Accountant
i personally know thats rubbish, i know many people who does accoutning and finance at various universities warwick,lse..loughborough.,etcan d theyve got very decent jobs after graduating, and all become an accountant at top firms. May i ask you what degree you did?
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Ancient History - all my numbers go backwards.

My comment that "Accountancy is little help if you want to be an accountant" is based on personal experience. The technical knowledge which your degree gives you can be quickly acquired on a good graduate training programme and the firms which run these programmes happily recruit non-specialists. Although your degree is likely to give you exemptions from some of the professional exams the overall benefit in time is marginal.
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