I've been doing extensive research recently but having found your site I am hopeful some of you may be able to give quicker, more concise answers to some of of my queries save me endlessly bouncing around many outlets of conflicting information!
So with that in mind, I'll get straight onto it;
- 31 year old Retail Manager for 8+ years, worked internationally, in good stead with employer.
- Waining job satisfaction and stunted progression into senior management.
- Disproportionately lower than average salaries offered by current employer at all levels, even if promotion was successful.
- Concerns over lack of job security moving forward post-coronavirus.
- Natural flair and self-taught knowledge in numbers and spreadsheets from a young age.
- No previous experience in Finance or Accountancy.
- To switch career ASAP, turning 32 this September means I absolutely must get my skates on as whilst I am aware it is not 'too late', time is most certainly not on my side.
- Immediate large scale funds are unavailable, therefore studying alongside my full-time Retail Manager position is a must. I am aware of the challenges this may present but have thought about this long an hard and I am confident I can do this for a finite amount of time.
- Once qualified (to an appropriate level), gain work experience natively in the UK.
- Long term (hopefully in approximately 5 years as a maximum), apply my new skills to acquire a permanent position in a foreign soveriegnity and ultimately move abroad.
MY QUESTIONS / CONCERNS:
- An extremely local college offers very affordable courses in AAT Levels 2, 3 & 4. All of these would be able to fit around my current employment as they are 1 - 2 days per week and I have full autonomy over my own rota schedule in work. With no prior knowledge of areas such as double entry bookkeeping would this be the most natural starting point and if so, at what level do you think would be most beneficial?
- Is it possible to get job within the sector having ONLY completed AAT qualifications, either Nationally or Internationally?
- Despite my initial findings, further reading online has suggested that in order to be attractive to employers and indeed secure a position, a further qualification in ACA, ACCA or CIMA would be needed? Is this correct and if so, would you still recommend completing the AAT qualification first?
- Parallel to the above question, which further qualification would best benefit me when we consider a) My current employment & financial restrictions, b) My age & c) My desire to hopefully take this with me on a journey to move abroad?
I don't expect there to be a 'one-size fits all' answer to this but any advice would be greatly appreciated. I will need to enrol on a course in the coming weeks to ensure a placement is guaranteed but don't want to 'put my foot in it' before I know all the facts of course!
Thank you all in advance and I hope you are staying safe.