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Hi I am thinking of taking ACCA exams through self study because my job at the moment is not relevant to the qualification. I have read some comments in regards to this online and it seems that it…
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
Hi

I am thinking of taking ACCA exams through self study because my job at the moment is not relevant to the qualification. I have read some comments in regards to this online and it seems that it is more worthwhile to be in a job that is relevant and provides training than a job that doesn't.

I realise it is quite difficult to get a job at the moment so I thought that if I took the exams on the side would I be open to more opportunities? But is this actually true, can anyone advise whether it is worthwhile for me to study on my own and then gain the experience later?

Thanks for any advice that you can give.
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
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Yes and no.You have to complete a period of CPD (or relevant work experience) to be fully qualfied. Employers look for the ACCA qualification but in truth put more focus on actual experience. You may find no-one will touch you.

I would suggest two options
(i) Lower your sights initially and go for a job that offers AAT training,once you pass that you can lobby for more
(ii) Consider working as an intern (ie for free) with a major employer to get your face known

The last 10 years or so have been an abberation where you can get work in your desired field without too much pain. I,m an 1980's starter ,where you had to settle for a not the job you ideally want but with some prospect of advancement ,then work on your position within an employer,It's hard graft and requires patience.However that's how it will be for many years
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whitbyfish
Yes and no.You have to complete a period of CPD (or relevant work experience) to be fully qualfied. Employers look for the ACCA qualification but in truth put more focus on actual experience. You may find no-one will touch you.

I would suggest two options
(i) Lower your sights initially and go for a job that offers AAT training,once you pass that you can lobby for more
(ii) Consider working as an intern (ie for free) with a major employer to get your face known

The last 10 years or so have been an abberation where you can get work in your desired field without too much pain. I,m an 1980's starter ,where you had to settle for a not the job you ideally want but with some prospect of advancement ,then work on your position within an employer,It's hard graft and requires patience.However that's how it will be for many years


Thank you for the reply and your comments, that is what I am worried about, I have 6 exemptions from ACCA but I am worried once I apply for the exemptions and do the remaining exams I would be in a worst position than I was in before I did the exams. I don't mind working in a job with prospect for advancement just not too sure where to begin to look.

So would it be more worthwhile to start the AAT training rather than take up my exemptions from ACCA?

Thank you.
1 Like #3
Hi iv got no advice just wanted to say im doing my AAT the diploma route..
relatively new to it ,best of luck whatever you decide to do
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It's hard to give advice on so little info and I'd hate to be responsible for a life changing decision on a thread. My general advice is start training on something relevant but put a lot of energy into finding an entry level position in accounting.Get your CV (keep it to one side,no-one reads the second page) out to local accounting firms (yellow pages a good starting point).Make it clear you are flexible and keen to learn..An overlooked area of accounting recruitment is local government get trawling and be preprepared for a slog,you will need to be tenacious and learn to cope with rejection with good grace.I often favour an applicant who i have interviewed before that didn't get the job first time but came back showing improvement,I know then they have what it takes

There too many students and ex students chasing too few jobs.Luckily most sit and wait for opportunities to come their way. There's an old saying young auditors were told "get out there and get sh*t on your shoes!!"
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kassy2005
Hi iv got no advice just wanted to say im doing my AAT the diploma route..
relatively new to it ,best of luck whatever you decide to do


Thank you, good luck to you too, hope everything goes well for you!! :thumbsup:
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whitbyfish
It's hard to give advice on so little info and I'd hate to be responsible for a life changing decision on a thread. My general advice is start training on something relevant but put a lot of energy into finding an entry level position in accounting.Get your CV (keep it to one side,no-one reads the second page) out to local accounting firms (yellow pages a good starting point).Make it clear you are flexible and keen to learn..An overlooked area of accounting recruitment is local government get trawling and be preprepared for a slog,you will need to be tenacious and learn to cope with rejection with good grace.I often favour an applicant who i have interviewed before that didn't get the job first time but came back showing improvement,I know then they have what it takes

There too many students and ex students chasing too few jobs.Luckily most sit and wait for opportunities to come their way. There's an old saying young auditors were told "get out there and get sh*t on your shoes!!"


I understand, I think I will try with your idea and post/ email my CV to different companies. As long as I am in a role relevant to what I want to do, I guess that will be the track that I want to stay on!

Thank you for your help and comments it has helped a lot!! Thanks!

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