No A levels and wanting to change career from accountancy to engineering?

Announcements
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hi, I'm currently working in accounting and am studying AAT and should be qualified by the middle of next year.

    Since Im not a graduate or anything, and I'll be 20 next year; would it be difficult for me to switch to an engineering role?
    And is there any courses or specific ways for me to get into such a role? UK

    I've always been good at maths and have a BTEC level 2 in Engineering D*. Civil or any other type of engineering would be great I'm not specifically biased to any one. Accounting has always been my back up so I would like to keep it as such.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Fifth1)
    Hi, I'm currently working in accounting and am studying AAT and should be qualified by the middle of next year.

    Since Im not a graduate or anything, and I'll be 20 next year; would it be difficult for me to switch to an engineering role?
    And is there any courses or specific ways for me to get into such a role? UK

    I've always been good at maths and have a BTEC level 2 in Engineering D*. Civil or any other type of engineering would be great I'm not specifically biased to any one. Accounting has always been my back up so I would like to keep it as such.
    Have you looked into foundation years?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Smack)
    Have you looked into foundation years?
    I haven't thought of it? I know most require A levels which I haven't got.
    Online

    3
    (Original post by Fifth1)
    I haven't thought of it? I know most require A levels which I haven't got.
    What sort of engineer and at what level? You should look on the relevant professions website.
    NVM.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    I want a career change from accountancy too! What's your reasons for wanting to leave?
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Fifth1)
    I haven't thought of it? I know most require A levels which I haven't got.
    You could take A-levels... or maybe do an access course?
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Could look at apprenticeships. Engineering especially is getting to a point where you can step on,step off apprenticeship levels and use it to get relevant degrees. Start at advanced level, which will give you the qualifications to get onto the next level, and progress from there.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    I want a career change from accountancy too! What's your reasons for wanting to leave?
    A lot of it is becoming computer based! Clients can just scan in invoices rather than having an accountant, I work in auditing so all I really have to do is check a computer system rather than of the entries are legitimate; it also doesn't seem like I can go far, get a decent pay and still work normal hours - a lot of my seniors are working a lot of unpaid overtime and not getting enough to stay and live in London still?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Donkey******)
    Could look at apprenticeships. Engineering especially is getting to a point where you can step on,step off apprenticeship levels and use it to get relevant degrees. Start at advanced level, which will give you the qualifications to get onto the next level, and progress from there.
    Starting with an apprenticeship seems to be the best choice, I want quite sure where to start looking - I guess advanced courses are where I should be looking; I'm slightly worried that going on an apprenticeship will mean bad pay in comparison to sticking to accountancy
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Fifth1)
    A lot of it is becoming computer based! Clients can just scan in invoices rather than having an accountant, I work in auditing so all I really have to do is check a computer system rather than of the entries are legitimate; it also doesn't seem like I can go far, get a decent pay and still work normal hours - a lot of my seniors are working a lot of unpaid overtime and not getting enough to stay and live in London still?
    Yeah I do worry about careers in Accountancy with the way technology is advancing these days!!
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Fifth1)
    Starting with an apprenticeship seems to be the best choice, I want quite sure where to start looking - I guess advanced courses are where I should be looking; I'm slightly worried that going on an apprenticeship will mean bad pay in comparison to sticking to accountancy
    I know someone who has just started this (I think its this, but I'm not 100% sure).

    https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...ecruit2016.pdf

    Apparently its a whole mixture of different ages on the course - I think he said between 16 years old to 40 or something like that.*

    The pay isn't great, but thats how it goes for apprenticeships. The alternative is university, which is going to take you at least 3 years, plus perhaps a foundation course, and I think a lot of people take masters courses with engineering, so perhaps 5 years in total. That will cost a lot of money.*
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Wow Josh this is really useful thanks! It's not near me but I'm sure if I look for this sort of thing near me it'll be easier since now i know what I'm looking for!
    Really don't want to go uni because I think it's a waste of time for me now - the salary shown is only a little less than what I'm currently on so it seems bests for me!!
 
 
 
Write a reply… Reply
Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. Oops, you need to agree to our Ts&Cs to register
  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: September 29, 2016
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Poll
What is your favourite day of the week
Useful resources

Featured recruiter profiles:

ICAEW logo

Merck

"Merck is a global leader in specialized pharma & chemicals – join us!"

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.