How to get into accounting & finance as a science postgrad?

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I have a bachelors degree in biomedical sciences and have had a change of heart and decided that accountancy is the career I want to pursue. What's the best way to go about this? I have tried to research this myself but found it all a bit confusing... I understand that I need to get ACA and other professional qualifications, but what's the best way to get these? Should I apply for an Accounting & Finance MSc conversion course? Do I need to get a training contract with a company? Are the online courses worth it?
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I have a bachelors degree in biomedical sciences and have had a change of heart and decided that accountancy is the career I want to pursue. What's the best way to go about this? I have tried to research this myself but found it all a bit confusing... I understand that I need to get ACA and other professional qualifications, but what's the best way to get these? Should I apply for an Accounting & Finance MSc conversion course? Do I need to get a training contract with a company? Are the online courses worth it?
What are you grades (A level, degree and GCSE maths and English)?

I'd avoid Mscs and other courses at this stage and focus on applying for jobs which pay for your professional training and see how you can become a strong candidate for them.
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What are you grades (A level, degree and GCSE maths and English)?

I'd avoid Mscs and other courses at this stage and focus on applying for jobs which pay for your professional training and see how you can become a strong candidate for them.
I have good GCSEs and A levels and a 1st in my degree. Can you recommend where to start looking for jobs that would pay for my training?
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I have good GCSEs and A levels and a 1st in my degree. Can you recommend where to start looking for jobs that would pay for my training?
The first thing to do is to look through the websites of, say, the largest 10 accounting firms, and a few smaller ones and see if that interests you. I think the ICAEW also have a webpage with some details.

https://www.accountancyage.com/ranki...firms-2017-10/
https://careers.icaew.com/how-to-bec...s%20of%20exams.

Then look for some graduate employers where you work for a company and see if that is also of interest. Most large companies have schemes.

You could also try the GAAPweb and reed websites for your area and see if anyone is advertising.

A very valuable thing to do, on top of background research, is to arrange to speak with a number of people who work as accountants (ideally qualified ones) who can give you some insight into the profession.
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The first thing to do is to look through the websites of, say, the largest 10 accounting firms, and a few smaller ones and see if that interests you. I think the ICAEW also have a webpage with some details.

https://www.accountancyage.com/ranki...firms-2017-10/
https://careers.icaew.com/how-to-bec...s%20of%20exams.

Then look for some graduate employers where you work for a company and see if that is also of interest. Most large companies have schemes.

You could also try the GAAPweb and reed websites for your area and see if anyone is advertising.

A very valuable thing to do, on top of background research, is to arrange to speak with a number of people who work as accountants (ideally qualified ones) who can give you some insight into the profession.
Thank you so much! This is all super helpful
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I have a bachelors degree in biomedical sciences and have had a change of heart and decided that accountancy is the career I want to pursue. What's the best way to go about this? I have tried to research this myself but found it all a bit confusing... I understand that I need to get ACA and other professional qualifications, but what's the best way to get these? Should I apply for an Accounting & Finance MSc conversion course? Do I need to get a training contract with a company? Are the online courses worth it?
Hi nevster,

It's great that you are considering a career in accountancy.

At ICAEW we offer the ACA qualification - click here for more information on this.

You do not need to study accountancy or business and finance to do our qualification - we have trainee's from a wide range of degree backgrounds.

Check out our ICAEW Training Vacancies platform to see what roles are out there and what the specs are.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us using [email protected].

Best wishes,
ICAEW
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