Hi,\n\nI have 10 years IT experience but want a change of career. I have half\nowned a start up company that now turns over £600k and employs 5\npeople. I have done all the bookkeeping, PAYE and general accounting\nwith an external accountant doing the year end accounts. I have Sage\nLine 50 experience. I have an unrelated 2:2 Degree.\n\nI would like to be an Accountant long term and am wondering the best\nway to obtain Chartered Status. A few of the questions I am thinking\nabout are:\n\n1) Would it be best to do the AAT exams first or go straight into the\nprofessional path?\n2) Which is the best Accountancy body to aim for?\n3) Should I just start applying for jobs or do some exams first so I\ncan apply for "Part Qualified" jobs.\n\nAny help greatfully received.\n\nRob\n\nPS I will be living in Edinburgh.