Whether you were set on this path when you left school, or you were doing something else first and wanted a change, there are plenty of options for getting into Accounting!
Qualifications offered via professional bodies are one option for those who wish to go into accounting.
One of the most common entry points for professional qualifications is the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). They have the Level 2 Certificate (equivalent to a GCSE), the Level 3 Diploma (equivalent of an A Level), and the Level 4 Diploma (equivalent to the first year of a university degree).
AAT is a fantastic grounding and despite its junior nature has a brilliant reputation in the accounting industry. It is a brilliant, lost cost, high impact way of getting into finance. It leads very well onto further study with ACCA or CIMA.
Going into accountancy via the apprenticeship route is a way to guarantee the work experience which many employers are often looking for, and can be pursued as early as 16. It also often pairs up with AAT.
AAT offers apprenticeship schemes at many of their training centres, which you can work in while studying for your qualifications listed above.
Accountancy and Finance degrees are a brilliant way for a sure way into finance, but come at a higher cost. Some universities may even offer graduate training programmes and internships to help graduates gain the much-needed work experience. A placement year is also a fantastic idea.
Finally, when choosing a course, choosing a degree that offers exemptions to ACCA or CIMA will really help you in the long term.
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