What does this say about the profession?

The Daily Mail has reported on an accountant who lost a £70,000-per-year job and was now reduced to eating one meal a day after applying for 700 jobs without success.

The former financial controller’s contract ended and he assumed he would easily pick up more work, but after applying for more than 100 jobs in two months he contacted CIMA for advice.

Colin Timpson said: “I was told by some employers that I was too experienced and many others just said they couldn’t afford an accountant after all because of the recession.”

What does it say about the employment prospects and ageism in the profession? Is accountancy as reliable a career as it is made out to be?

Do you know of any similar stories or is this an exceptional case? What career advice would you give him?

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"who lost a £70,000-per-year

mrme89 |
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ireallyshouldknowthisbut |

Quick to judge?

Paul Scholes |
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@ Paul Scholes - you are

mrme89 |
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From the mouth of babes ...

Old Greying Accountant |
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If you have the lifestyle then £70k doesn't go far...

frustratedwithhmrc |
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Ok ...

Old Greying Accountant |
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Been there too

Kent accountant |
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My sort of post and question

Albert Camus |
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Right then OGA....

Paul Scholes |
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Holidays!

Old Greying Accountant |
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Some career advice: Try the Mature Accountants website ...

dstickl |

Some useful comments and advice

John Stokdyk |
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I am also in the same

Cantona1 |

@Cantona1:"Management Job Club" was my incentive 4 signing on ..

dstickl |

The squeezed middle

Paul Scholes |
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Here's another

ShirleyM |
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I can give him some self employed work

colintimpson |

a moaning lightweight indeed

colintimpson |

Coming ready or not!!!

colintimpson |

Give him some self-employed work - yes please

colintimpson |