A recently qualified accountant recently asked whether a CTA or an ATT qualification would be the best option at this point in her career. Alex Miller looks at the pros and cons of each.
A recently qualified ACCA member visited Any Answers in July to ask which tax qualification would best support her career progress - ATT or CTA?
The questioner worked for a small firm dealing mainly with sole traders. She was concerned that being CTA-qualified would be over the top for her current role, but also that she might appear under-experienced when applying to Big Four and mid-tier firms (which she was planning to do over the next year).
She considered studying ATT before applying for a tax associate job at a larger firm and letting the firm fund her CTA studies, but wondered whether they would question why she had not chosen that route in the first place instead of ACCA.