I am looking to make a career change into accountancy with the aim being to eventually progress into forensic accounting, and I’m looking for some advise on the best steps to take.
My background: I am 26 years old, and went straight into office work after A Levels, gradually working my way over 8 years into a Portfolio Analyst role in the Tech industry (for context: also known as a PMO – it has a high focus on project management governance, overseeing both the overall Portfolio budget and individual Programme/Project budgets etc.). Finance/accounts, problem solving, and data analysis have always been where my strengths lie and after recently being made redundant I’m looking to take the plunge into a formal finance career. I have a Maths GCSE Grade A, however my A Levels were English/History so not necessarily relevant to finance.
I'm currently struggling to determine the best qualification to aim for - whether it be AAT/ACA/ACCA etc., bearing in mind my aspirations to progress into financial forensics and the fact I don't have a degree. I’d also really appreciate any guidance on the best route in – whether it be an entry level role with on the job training/studying, or obtaining relevant qualifications myself whilst working in an unrelated field, etc. – any advise is greatly appreciated!