Hi, I have 10 years IT experience but want a change of career. I have half owned a start up company that now turns over £600k and employs 5 people. I have done all the bookkeeping, PAYE and general accounting with an external accountant doing the year end accounts. I have Sage Line 50 experience. I have an unrelated 2:2 Degree. I would like to be an Accountant long term and am wondering the best way to obtain Chartered Status. A few of the questions I am thinking about are: 1) Would it be best to do the AAT exams first or go straight into the professional path? 2) Which is the best Accountancy body to aim for? 3) Should I just start applying for jobs or do some exams first so I can apply for "Part Qualified" jobs. Any help greatfully received. Rob PS I will be living in Edinburgh.