Justine Kordula - AAT


Justine Kordula, 19, Swindon “I had always wanted to study forensic science, so after my A-Levels I went to university. Whilst there, I found the course to be dull and uninspiring, and it didn’t seem to have many career opportunities at the end. I left after a few months but felt very lost because I no longer knew what to do with my life. I remembered how much I enjoyed maths at school so I asked some family members – who were accountants – for career advice. They told me about AAT as an alternative route into the profession, where I could earn and learn at the same time. Five months after leaving university, I started studying AAT. I wanted to focus on the qualification, so I did the foundation stage first before looking for a job to gain valuable work experience. Shortly after completing level 1, I successfully found a role as an Accounts Trainee at SD Knee Chartered Accountants, where I currently study AAT on day release at college. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to be able to learn and work at the same time, without getting into debt and benefitting from hands-on learning experience. I can actually see how studying helps with my job – whereas at university, it’s impossible to see how the things you learn will benefit you in a future career. I always thought if you wanted a good career you needed to go to university but I was completely wrong. From my own experience, I fully believe more young people should consider a vocational route as an alternative to university. AAT has enabled me to find a job with real prospects and, even in a tough economic climate, I feel confident about the future.”

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