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Can you start your career at 25?

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Hi everyone! So firstly I’m 25, I’m looking at doing AAT level 2, self study. I have zero finance back ground. I basically have stayed home with children. After school I went on to college and did a foundation degree. Neither is anything to do with finance. My questions are, am i too old to start my career in finance? Will my age go against me. I have always been passionate about finance, I just feel I was never in a position until now to carry it forward. Also after level 2 would I be able to find a entry level job. I’m currently home with my 9 month old baby. The husband goes out to work and supports us, he’s very old fashioned. But I know I need more to my life I was never going to be a stay home mum. I have far too much drive. Any advice or anyone who was or is in a similar position to me, I would love to hear your story’s! Thank you

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By GR
08th Nov 2019 23:11

I started accountancy at 23 with no finance background and I'm doing fine, i.e. I earn enough to pay the bills, etc.

I am sure there are people who have gone into accountancy much older than me.

25 is really young! You're just a baby yourself! You still have roughly another 45 years to go before you get state pension!

AAT Level 2 is a good place to start. Go for it. Who knows where you will be in 10 years time!!!

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By free-rider
09th Nov 2019 06:24

I joined the practice at the age of 24 when decided to have another stab at finance degree. It's never to late.

If you don't mind me asking, are you sure AAT level 2 is the right place to start or could you speed up your studies and start at level 3? I have never studied AAT as opted for ATT/CTA instead, but it was my understanding that level 2 is very basic and aimed more at school leavers.

Also, can you possibly try and get an entry level job in practice/industry who will pay for your studies while you will also be getting hands on experience.

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By Sandnickel
09th Nov 2019 08:45

I agree that 25 is not too late at all. AAT is, in my opinion, a good starting position. Contrary to the other poster I wouldn't skip any years as I think the basic stuff is what is missing in a lot of trainees now.

A colleague of mine had 2 children, worked for us part time and did a degree in her spare time. I dont know how she did it, it's quite amazing! Not suggesting this is what you should do, but anything is possible.

Best of luck in finding your way.

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By paul.benny
09th Nov 2019 08:55

Go for it. Absolutely not too old.

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By Misslisa252
09th Nov 2019 09:00

Thank you ever so much for your replies. I will starting at level 2, I don’t have much finance knowledge. I know I’m more than capable, I have two children also. They are 5 and 9 months, I’m more than ready to start my career, for us all. Regarding AAT, do most go on to do a degree? Personally I would rather not, from what I have read depending on the route I wish to take ACCA is equivalent to a degree as far as masters level. Thank you.

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By Sandnickel
09th Nov 2019 10:08

Personally, I would go the ACCA route rather than the degree.

I do know people who've stopped at AAT though and still had a good career.

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By memyself-eye
09th Nov 2019 18:14

Yeah, I'm one and I started in my 40's!

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By lesley.barnes
09th Nov 2019 09:41

As other people have said go for it. I didn't start studying for Cima until I was in my late twenties. I took my final exams in May 1991 and my second baby arrived in June 1991. It had to be said I was pretty miserable sat in the exam room! You need to find a job in finance if you can as soon as possible, even better if your employer will pay for you to study. I didn't think my degree would count towards my studying accountancy it is history and literature. The Finance Director who interviewed me was more than happy to give me a chance based on I had a track record of studying albeit in a different subject. He believed that a degree had taught me to think logically which he maintened helped in accountancy. Go for it there are people out there that will spot that you are enthusiastic and will see your potential.

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By DJKL
09th Nov 2019 14:09

You are one year older than I was though I did have some semi relevant stuff in my first degree ( Economics, Economic History, Maths and a half course in Tax law)

I did a one year conversion degree at age 24 and started my ICAS apprenticeship age 25, so whilst you are leaning to the older side you are not there yet (In my PG conversion course we had one individual who had a first degree and a Phd so was likely minimum 25/26 when he started the PG course and 26/27 when he started his apprenticeship.)

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By GR
10th Nov 2019 09:13

Just to let you know, some people after finishing their AAT (normally takes around 2 - 3 years) setup their own accountancy practice. How amazing would that be for you to be your own boss, running your own firm in the next 3 - 5 years time!

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By GW
10th Nov 2019 19:12

Looking at it from the other side, we've got a 27 year old AAT apprentice who started a year ago, so no 25 isn't too old.
From my perspective there is a lot to be said for having new employees with no, or very little, accountancy experience who are willing to learn, rather than a school or university leaver who has almost no experience of the financial reality of life.

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By Tom 7000
12th Nov 2019 10:06

No
I started at 24
now look at me
www.ttca.co.uk

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By klerg000
12th Nov 2019 10:13

I started the AAT course at 40 qualified at 43 started my own practice. Well actually only wanted to do a bit of book-keeping but the practice grew and I now have a thriving practice. Most of the people on my course were over 30

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By AJLang
12th Nov 2019 10:32

You are definitely not too old! I started at 23 after I gave up my job in the fitness industry. I did an HNC (not necessary but it was what I thought best at the time) in accounting and then went through AAT. I was doing small jobs for my mum who ran her own practise to start with, which I then took over a few years after qualifying when she retired. So I now run my own practise and I never went past AAT. As much as I have considered frequently whether to go on and do ACCA (which would be my preferred route forward) I just don't have the time now to go back to studying and working full time as well.

Best of luck with it, I'm sure you will do great :)

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By djn24
12th Nov 2019 10:58

AJLang wrote:

You are definitely not too old! I started at 23 after I gave up my job in the fitness industry. I did an HNC (not necessary but it was what I thought best at the time) in accounting and then went through AAT. I was doing small jobs for my mum who ran her own practise to start with, which I then took over a few years after qualifying when she retired. So I now run my own practise and I never went past AAT. As much as I have considered frequently whether to go on and do ACCA (which would be my preferred route forward) I just don't have the time now to go back to studying and working full time as well.

Best of luck with it, I'm sure you will do great :)

Also due to the rules you would be unable to gain the ACCA qualification at the moment as you can't run your own practice and be an ACCA student. It is a difficult position to be in.

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By AJLang
12th Nov 2019 13:35

Looks like ACCA would be dead in the water for someone already working on their own, even if they hold a practising licence with another governing body? Well, there's that idea out the window lol.

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By djn24
13th Nov 2019 09:25

AJLang wrote:

Looks like ACCA would be dead in the water for someone already working on their own, even if they hold a practising licence with another governing body? Well, there's that idea out the window lol.

Yep there's no way to get to be ACCA qualified if you are already running a practice.

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By djn24
12th Nov 2019 10:55

100% not too old.

The AAT is a great start to a career in accountancy and is well recognised.

After the AAT, I would suggest that a degree would probably be a waste of time- especially if you intend working in a small practice. Next step after that would be ACCA if you wanted it.

All the best with your studies- my wife retrained as a nurse whilst we had 3 young children so I appreciate how difficult it is to study with young children. It shows a future employer dedication for one!

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