I've made the difficult decision to leave my role as a tax trainee in a practice firm. I've completed five ACA exams, and I have five exemptions for the CIMA qualification through my degree.
I'm interested in a career in industry, but I'm struggling to find a junior accounting role due to my lack of experience with accounts. I'm currently in the running for a few finance graduate programmes (fingers crossed!), but failing that, I'd really like to secure a relevant role that would enable me to develop industry experience and consolidate what I've learned from the exams (and potentially receive sponsorship to undertake more exams).
How should I proceed? Should I finish the CIMA operational level in the hopes that it demonstrates committment? Should I contact recruiters? Is there anything I could do right now that would make me more attractive to employers? I have plenty of admin experience, I'm very good with Excel, and I recently recieved a distinction for my master's degree - although I'm now learning the latter doesn't really amount to much in the job market.
Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.