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Currently studying an accounting degree and I'm starting to consider future jobs I may want to apply to but most jobs accounting related usually require one to sit for the ACA/ACCA or other professional body exams but these exams are extremely difficult and I'd much prefer going into a job after the degree rather than have to sit more exams. So my questions is, are there any jobs you can go into with an accounting degree, which doesn't require one to have to sit the ACA/ACCA exams etc. Thanks.
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Yes - plenty - but you career progress will be limited without taking professional exams.
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Currently studying an accounting degree and I'm starting to consider future jobs I may want to apply to but most jobs accounting related usually require one to sit for the ACA/ACCA or other professional body exams but these exams are extremely difficult and I'd much prefer going into a job after the degree rather than have to sit more exams. So my questions is, are there any jobs you can go into with an accounting degree, which doesn't require one to have to sit the ACA/ACCA exams etc. Thanks.
You could look at the Logistics Officer role in the Royal Navy. You would have the opportunity to take accountancy qualifications after completing your Officer training.

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers...istics-officer
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Yes - plenty - but you career progress will be limited without taking professional exams.
any examples? and how much does it limit it?
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You could look at the Logistics Officer role in the Royal Navy. You would have the opportunity to take accountancy qualifications after completing your Officer training.

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers...istics-officer
so taking the accounting exams wouldn't be compulsory?
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so taking the accounting exams wouldn't be compulsory?
Not as far as I know. I've met a senior Logistics Officer who had qualified as a Chartered Accountant, because he had been able to achieve the qualifications for accountancy while in service; I've also met a Logistics Officer whose qualifications were in Law and who was now a Naval Barrister.

To be honest, the first few years are about training you to be a Naval Officer. That's more than enough to keep you busy.

Obviously, once someone is trained and actively in the Logistics role, the opportunity to acquire new qualifications is there and a real bonus.
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any examples? and how much does it limit it?
The majority of people working in accounting departments don't have professional qualifications. Its been increasingly difficult to get managerial level jobs without having the full qualifications - which is very limiting when you have a few years experience.
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(Original post by Fayzan_Ali)
Currently studying an accounting degree and I'm starting to consider future jobs I may want to apply to but most jobs accounting related usually require one to sit for the ACA/ACCA or other professional body exams but these exams are extremely difficult and I'd much prefer going into a job after the degree rather than have to sit more exams. So my questions is, are there any jobs you can go into with an accounting degree, which doesn't require one to have to sit the ACA/ACCA exams etc. Thanks.
Have you just started?
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Have you just started?
I’m currently in my first year of university accounting studies
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The majority of people working in accounting departments don't have professional qualifications. Its been increasingly difficult to get managerial level jobs without having the full qualifications - which is very limiting when you have a few years experience.
So it’ll only limit me in terms of getting manager sort of roles? Because I can’t say I see myself being a manager!
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I’m currently in my first year of university accounting studies
Which region of the country is your University in? You might like to check out whether there is a University Royal Naval Unit in your area. They are exclusively for students.
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So it’ll only limit me in terms of getting manager sort of roles? Because I can’t say I see myself being a manager!
Well - accounting firms tend not to be keen on recruiting people who are not looking to study but smaller ones don't really seem to mind once you are in. In industry there are lots of jobs held by people without qualifications.
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If you want to work as an accountant, and or work in the accounting related fields I.e. tax, audit, personal accounts - you will need to get the aligned qualifications.

Big firms will sponsor and pay for you to study and take these exams alongside work. Smaller firms may or may not pay for you, but you will have more flexibility and less pressure on when and how long it takes you to pass with a smaller firm.

There's no getting out of chartership if you want to be an accountant, unless you are fine being stuck at a low-mid level, because you cannot give advice if you are not qualified and must be overseen by someone who is.

However, doing an accounting degree does mean you get to skip a few early exams I think - you will need to check the website of the qualification I.e. Aca/Acca/CTA/CTT as they will specify what modules your degree must include in order for you to qualify for some exemptions. However, from memory I think this is only 2 early stage ones.

You could always get the accounting experience for a few years, then decide to shift away from the industry. But I'm sure you're perfectly able to do the exams if you're already doing the degree. It is hard when you have limited time and work on the side, but you can go to tutoring colleges for this which helps a lot.
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I’m currently in my first year of university accounting studies
Worry about completing your degree first. At the moment, you are on the same level as those with no accounting background. Once you complete your accounting degree, you will have more than sufficient knowledge to pass the professional papers. Don't listen to negative people!
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Well - accounting firms tend not to be keen on recruiting people who are not looking to study but smaller ones don't really seem to mind once you are in. In industry there are lots of jobs held by people without qualifications.
What are the job roles available in industry?
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What are the job roles available in industry?
Loads - look on reed.co.uk or any other large recruitment website.
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If you want to work as an accountant, and or work in the accounting related fields I.e. tax, audit, personal accounts - you will need to get the aligned qualifications.

Big firms will sponsor and pay for you to study and take these exams alongside work. Smaller firms may or may not pay for you, but you will have more flexibility and less pressure on when and how long it takes you to pass with a smaller firm.

There's no getting out of chartership if you want to be an accountant, unless you are fine being stuck at a low-mid level, because you cannot give advice if you are not qualified and must be overseen by someone who is.

However, doing an accounting degree does mean you get to skip a few early exams I think - you will need to check the website of the qualification I.e. Aca/Acca/CTA/CTT as they will specify what modules your degree must include in order for you to qualify for some exemptions. However, from memory I think this is only 2 early stage ones.

You could always get the accounting experience for a few years, then decide to shift away from the industry. But I'm sure you're perfectly able to do the exams if you're already doing the degree. It is hard when you have limited time and work on the side, but you can go to tutoring colleges for this which helps a lot.
I do feel like I’d personally much rather be part of a small firm than a large firm.I think I get like 8 exemptions provided I get over 50% in the relevant modules. And idk I’m doing the degree and it’s going decent I think but the way people describe the ACA exams makes it daunting
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Worry about completing your degree first. At the moment, you are on the same level as those with no accounting background. Once you complete your accounting degree, you will have more than sufficient knowledge to pass the professional papers. Don't listen to negative people!
Ah hope you’re right mate cheers for the positive W advice 👊🏼
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Loads - look on reed.co.uk or any other large recruitment website.
Thanks, will have a look. Any decent ones that spring to mind?
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Currently studying an accounting degree and I'm starting to consider future jobs I may want to apply to but most jobs accounting related usually require one to sit for the ACA/ACCA or other professional body exams but these exams are extremely difficult and I'd much prefer going into a job after the degree rather than have to sit more exams. So my questions is, are there any jobs you can go into with an accounting degree, which doesn't require one to have to sit the ACA/ACCA exams etc. Thanks.
Where are you studying your accounting degree? You'll probably find you get some exemptions from ACCA or CIMA (or the ICAEW).

The reality is you won't have much of an accountancy career without qualifying as an accountant. Not only that, but there are not many finance directors who would willingly hire a freshly graduated accountant who was already saying they didn't want to do professional study because it would display a terrible attitude towards the profession and you would give the impression that you don't really want to be an accountant. When firms recruit raw talent, the expectation is that they are normally bringing in people who aspire to be a professional accountant who will one day replace the more senior members of the team when they move to a new role or retire. You would upset that succession planning.

My suggestion is if you feel like this then you need to question whether you are even studying the right thing at undergraduate level. There are places you can have a career with just a degree, but accounting is not one of them.
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