Andrea Whitehead

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Accountant Case Study I didn’t realise I wanted to be an accountant until studying for the AAT. I started my AAT studies at the age of 27 as I thought it would assist in my book keeping position at the time. I had always had an interest in tax, however I can’t really say that becoming a chartered accountant crossed my mind until I commenced the AAT. It was then pure coincidence that I met a partner from my current firm at a local Business Enterprise Fayre, when I had just completed the AAT qualification. I was extremely pleased to be offered the position as I had been told that most practices would only take on graduates, so I didn’t rate my chances of finding a job in practice. I have recently passed my advanced stage exams and I am in the process of applying for membership of the ICAEW. It has always been my dream to have my own business so it would be nice to think that at some stage I could set up my own practice, or to move overseas. The most difficult part of my training was definitely trying to sit exams and study around two children. But qualifying with the AAT has opened so many doors for me. I would recommend the AAT route to anybody as it gives a very good grounding for the ACA and also allows you some credits for their syllabus. My view is that by following the university route you’re not able to earn a salary, whereas studying via the AAT route means you’ll be earning a salary, gaining the necessary experience and qualifying at a much younger age, which means you can progress up the career ladder much quicker.

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