Struggling to find work after graduating in Accounting

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I got a BA Accounting and Finance degree, and I've been really struggling to find any sort of job in the field since graduating. I've been trying for months and months to get one but no luck whatsoever I don't know what to do even do at this point, how do I even get my foot in the door?
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Uni, class, pre-university qualifications and target firms are all important for context.
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Uni, class, pre-university qualifications and target firms are all important for context.
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NTU. First Class honours. 2 A Levels grade C (Maths and Business) and BTEC IT Distinction*. No previous experience in a finance role (Only in retail). Main target firms were the Big 4 but nothing specific after them, was applying for anything that looked promising
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did you do the options to get the full 9 exemptions at ACCA? Which part of the country are you in/ would you be looking for work?
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did you do the options to get the full 9 exemptions at ACCA? Which part of the country are you in/ would you be looking for work?
Yes, got the full 9. I'm currently in the east midlands (Nottingham) and would want a role nearby
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Yes, got the full 9. I'm currently in the east midlands (Nottingham) and would want a role nearby
Thats good! I'll try to respond tomorrow.
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Thats good! I'll try to respond tomorrow.
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Why not work in retail banking?
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NTU. First Class honours. 2 A Levels grade C (Maths and Business) and BTEC IT Distinction*. No previous experience in a finance role (Only in retail). Main target firms were the Big 4 but nothing specific after them, was applying for anything that looked promising
First of all congratulations on the 1st. This hasn't been an easy period.

Second, if you have no previous experience you may want to start by getting some. Maybe apply to intern at a small ACCA house? With the rest of the academic profile (outside of the 1st), big 4 acca may be a bit harder to land FT with no experience.
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Do you have any previous work experience? (Any kind.)

I've rejected people with firsts before who haven't done anything at university apart from their degrees. If you fall into that boat, you need to start bolstering your CV with work and volunteering experience ASAP.

I'm not actually that bothered about relevant work experience (it's amazing how many students/graduates assume employers are), but I do need graduates to prove that they have a real world work ethic. How to do accountancy can be taught on the job, and honestly, I often prefer that (no bad habits). What I like is lots of work experience (ideally at the same time as your degree) to demonstrate you can handle real world hours, and you're likely to be able to cope with the pressures of working full time and studying on block release.

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NTU. First Class honours. 2 A Levels grade C (Maths and Business) and BTEC IT Distinction*. No previous experience in a finance role (Only in retail). Main target firms were the Big 4 but nothing specific after them, was applying for anything that looked promising
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have you applied for a graduate scheme? no need for work experience.
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Why not work in retail banking?
Never really thought about that, I'll have a look
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Do you have any previous work experience? (Any kind.)

I've rejected people with firsts before who haven't done anything at university apart from their degrees. If you fall into that boat, you need to start bolstering your CV with work and volunteering experience ASAP.

I'm not actually that bothered about relevant work experience (it's amazing how many students/graduates assume employers are), but I do need graduates to prove that they have a real world work ethic. How to do accountancy can be taught on the job, and honestly, I often prefer that (no bad habits). What I like is lots of work experience (ideally at the same time as your degree) to demonstrate you can handle real world hours, and you're likely to be able to cope with the pressures of working full time and studying on block release.
2 years in retail, but most of the roles ask for relevant work experience in a finance environment
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I am in the same boat. The problem is all the internships that I have seen are aimed at students who are currently at university. How are you meant to find relevant work experience after actually graduating? I've got plenty of retail and voluntary experience.
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How long since you graduated?
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To copy something I wrote on another thread about graduate positions:

1) Large accounting firms. Its easy enough to google 'top 50 accounting firms uk' and check their websites for grade requirements. Some will accept your A level results but the number will be limited. EY and Grant Thornton would be good ones to look at for starters - particularly GT. Its worth making a list of, say, 60 firms on a spreadsheet and make a note of what their current requirements are, how firm these look and whether you meet them. That gives you a target list for when grad schemes open and web addresses to look at each couple of days in case new positions become available.

2) Large company grad schemes. For some A levels will be an issue but a huge number where it wont - tends to be more flexible than accounting firms.

3) Civil service - I think that should be a possibility and might appeal?

4) Local government/ NHS/ public sector - should be pretty big employers in Nottingham so worth looking into.

4) Smaller accounting firms. Check https://jobs.icaew.com. I'd guess there is an ACCA equivalent.

5) Normal entry into business accounting - get an entry level job, do some training and progress. Let me know if you are interested in learning more about this route - probably more common as going through grad schemes/ accounting firms but not often mentioned on these forums where people think grad scheme or bust.


When did you start applying for grad schemes, which ones and which stages did you get to? This is important as it gives a guide to how much emphasis you should put on this route. Clearly last year was very tough and very unusual.
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Try temping.
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big four are so so so insanely challenging to get into
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