Accountant OR Teacher- Help needed!!

Found 13th Jul 2008
Hi all,

have graduated with 2:2 in accounts (gutted with that as expected 2:1) for most graduate training programmes to qualify to become professional accountant you need 2:1.

Another option is to do a masters but that will cost me between £8000-£10000, which I dont have.

I have recently looked at teacher training which will take 1 year to compete and will be financed by TDA. I'm particularly motivated towards this because of the 13 weeks holidays and its a stable job.

My dilemma is should I give up my accounting (3 years study which I did at uni)????

All advice/help welcomed

11 Comments

You can do teaching based around your degree? Donr you need a 2:1 or 1st to do Masters?

what are you more intersted in? i mean you can always come back and do the teacher training, take a year and see where you can take your accounting degree im sure getting a 2:2 is not the be and end all!

Won't you struggle to get a PGCE with a 2:2 in accounting?

You could combine both maybe...mathematics teacher maybe?..or do the teaching but also offer accounting services on evening / weekends to small businesses etc.

Original Poster

Thank you for quick replies

I have done a bit of research and some top universities will let me do a masters in accounting with a 2:2 the main worry is how to finance it as dont want to take loans out

As for the pgce my main subject that I want to teach is maths and I can get a place at warwick uni

arfan;2518734

Thank you for quick repliesI have done a bit of research and some top … Thank you for quick repliesI have done a bit of research and some top universities will let me do a masters in accounting with a 2:2 the main worry is how to finance it as dont want to take loans outAs for the pgce my main subject that I want to teach is maths and I can get a place at warwick uni



I think you will find it very difficult to get onto a secondary maths PGCE course with a 2:2 in accounting - don't take it as a simple exercise.

I think you are too hard on your self.
You might need a 2.1 to join the big audit companies but there are many other audit firms out there which would look favourably on you. The pay will not be much different and you could still be a prize winner in the Chartered exams. Many audit fodder will be asked to leave by the time they have qualified as that industry needs a broad based pyramid.
You could go into industry and join a graduate training program and take the certified exams.
There is serious money in the NHS and local government and they would love your 2.2.
I qualified as an ACA in 1978 with Deloite and left the profession for industry ASAP.

Getting 2:2 sucks don't it, I got one in Mathematics, could have become a teacher but I didn't want to do that.

Original Poster

aylesby;2519017

I think you are too hard on your self. You might need a 2.1 to join the … I think you are too hard on your self. You might need a 2.1 to join the big audit companies but there are many other audit firms out there which would look favourably on you. The pay will not be much different and you could still be a prize winner in the Chartered exams. Many audit fodder will be asked to leave by the time they have qualified as that industry needs a broad based pyramid.You could go into industry and join a graduate training program and take the certified exams.There is serious money in the NHS and local government and they would love your 2.2.I qualified as an ACA in 1978 with Deloite and left the profession for industry ASAP.




Most small/medium firms are looking for 2:1 and will not give you a second glance with a 2:2.
Originally if I had got a 2:1 would have liked to go on and do ACCA OR CIMA qualification as there globally recognised, whilst working for government you need to do CIPFA which doesn't interest me at all and ACA/ICAEW is limited to UK, which limits my options

have you got a "hays accountancy" personnel near you , if so contact them explain and maybe you be lucky enough to get a position with a company that will pay for your training i was studying AAT technician and was due to sit finals but was pregnant and didnt want to jeopardise my baby with the stress of 3 exams . However my husband cousin was also studying AAT technician and got a job with a local firm and they are paying for him to go to college one day a week to get his ACCA

Enquire about funding for your Master's, I asked around and was able to apply for funding for my MSc in genetics.
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