With the turn of the year a lot of people make New Years resolutions; it won’t surprise you to find that one of the most popular resolutions is to change career. Changing careers is one of the biggest decisions in life however no matter what your background, taking up a career in accounting could not be easier.
There are several accounting bodies that oversee the industry in the UK; CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA and ICAS are all based in London. All of these bodies sponsor the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for accounting and finance staff, AAT. AAT stands for the Association of Accounting Technicians and should be considered as a starting point if you’re looking to become an accountant. The AAT attracts people from all different types of backgrounds; they provide a fast track way in to chartered accountancy for non graduates. So much so that it is even possible to start a career in chartered accountancy way before former school friends have even finished their university degrees; the youngest ever chartered accountant qualified through the AAT at just twenty years old. This is not the only inspiring success story; another AAT graduate worked in a launderette and as a cleaner for over a decade before deciding she wanted to change career paths; there are a selection of courses available through the AAT that can increase your salary by as much as fifteen percent.
Understandably, the prospect of starting out can seem quite daunting and many people have the preconception you have to be a mathematics genius to embark on such a career. However most courses are open to anyone who is numerate and capable of completing assignments in English and if you have some accounting experience you could even start above entry level. Why not look in to it today?