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rob

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.
 
T

Troy Steadman

Not surprisingly this is an FAQ. Here's the last time it was asked:

http://tinyurl.com/dc7kg

I'm a bit out of date but FWIW:

rob said:
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.
splutter!

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 think you need an Accounting degree to be Chartered so your options
are Chartered Certified (every bit as good as Chartered in the same
way a Skoda is every bit as good as a Volkswagen :)
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?
I would have said yes but the concensus seems to be go straight for the
professional if you are *sure* you can make it.
2) Which is the best Accountancy body to aim for?
Chartered and Certified are the GP's of the Accountancy world, able to
turn their hand to anything. CIMA, Inst of Chartered Secretaries and a
host of others offer more specialised paths.
3) Should I just start applying for jobs or do some exams first so I
can apply for "Part Qualified" jobs.
Get any experience you can. Have a look through this group's back
catalogue (it seems to be rather quiet at the moment). Here's a link
to your bible:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/
Any help greatfully received.

Rob

PS I will be living in Edinburgh.
Ronald Raygun is o'er the brae.



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J

Jonathan Bryce

Troy said:
I think you need an Accounting degree to be Chartered so your options
are Chartered Certified (every bit as good as Chartered in the same
way a Skoda is every bit as good as a Volkswagen :)
It appears that a degree in Microbiology is fine for getting into Chartered,
in England anyway. However, I believe you need a training contract with a
registered training practice, so I would still recommend Certified.
 
D

Doug Ramage

Jonathan Bryce said:
It appears that a degree in Microbiology is fine for getting into
Chartered,
in England anyway. However, I believe you need a training contract with a
registered training practice, so I would still recommend Certified.
IIRC, one of my colleagues in a large accountancy firm had a degree in
Textile Technology (or something similar).
 

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