Thinking About a Career in Accountancy?
AAT is a great, well-recognised qualification that will most likely open many doors for you. With so many options available, it’s important to take into consideration several factors before choosing your path as a AAT student.
Having an AAT qualification will invariably open the door to higher paid roles, and this is something you should also consider. Have an idea in mind as to the kind of salary you want to achieve (keep it realistic).
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t simply choose the highest paying job – other factors should be taken into consideration such as culture, location and job type. We’ll look at some of these below;
Nature of Work
Having an AAT qualification allows you to apply for various job roles, so choosing one may take time and some careful consideration. Think about what your strengths are, what you enjoy doing the most and try and match a job from that. For example, if you enjoy more transactional side of finance then a purchase ledger job might suit you, whereas if you enjoy working within the business segment, an assistant accountant role might suit you better.
Think about whether you want to work in the city, or if you’d prefer a more local role. Consider the time it’d take to commute and what you would see as an acceptable commute (this varies per person). Once you’ve done that, you can narrow down the areas you are willing to work and start applying.
Further Accountancy Study
AAT doesn’t have to be the end of your studies. If you have a flavour for study, AAT can count for 160 UCAS points allowing you to go to University, or if you want to become even more advanced in accountancy, you can study a further professional qualification such as ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA.
You will be spending a lot of time at work, so choosing the right organisation for you is important. Things to consider include:
- The standards and values of the company
- The size of the company, i.e. do you prefer the intimacy of working for a small group, or the buzz of working for a large company?
- The segment of the company, i.e. does it attract you, is it morally OK?
Choosing the right company is important as it would affect your overall quality of work life balance.
Get your AAT Qualification with UKCBC
At UKCBC, we focus primarily on providing career support and guidance to our AAT students. If you are interested in an AAT course, please take a look at our part-time and full-time options for studying your accountancy course with us at our London and Essex campuses.