Accounting university graduate vs AAT apprenticeship leaver.

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I have heard from a friend that apprenticeship leavers are more ready for work. But bigger companies prefer university graduates. Is this true in accounting? I would love to work for a big accounting firm and have applied to both university and AAT apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are my first choice.
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I have heard from a friend that apprenticeship leavers are more ready for work. But bigger companies prefer university graduates. Is this true in accounting? I would love to work for a big accounting firm and have applied to both university and AAT apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are my first choice.
Sort of. If you want to remain in public practice it doesn’t really matter but if you want to move to industry the graduate route would generally be better as a lot of newly qualified accountant jobs now ask for a degree. Personally I wouldn’t advise an AAT apprenticeship - often you’ll still be recruiting into apprentice jobs for ACA even with AAT but there are many ACA apprenticeships around. If you do an AAT apprenticeship try to make sure you get one with the ACA as a follow on.
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Sort of. If you want to remain in public practice it doesn’t really matter but if you want to move to industry the graduate route would generally be better as a lot of newly qualified accountant jobs now ask for a degree. Personally I wouldn’t advise an AAT apprenticeship - often you’ll still be recruiting into apprentice jobs for ACA even with AAT but there are many ACA apprenticeships around. If you do an AAT apprenticeship try to make sure you get one with the ACA as a follow on.
What's the difference between public practise and industry? I am actually looking to go into ACCA rather than ACA after AAT apprenticeship/university. What I like about AAT is that I have read full time jobs are available for AAT qualified accountants, but I am not sure if the bigger firms will accept AAT. I have also read apprentices are more desired than university graduates since they have the can do attitude and more experience.
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I have heard from a friend that apprenticeship leavers are more ready for work. But bigger companies prefer university graduates. Is this true in accounting? I would love to work for a big accounting firm and have applied to both university and AAT apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are my first choice.
Why not apply for an apprenticeship at a big accounting firm?
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