I have been looking for answers on what is the best path to my accounting career because even though i am starting late ( 29yrs now) I want to be the best that i can be in my field. I want to make best use of my years ahead and hopefully recover the lost years in my career. I am motivated to work my way up.
I am currently on last two papers on my ACCA and i am confident of clearing it within 6 months, then i plan to do an online masters. Right now i work at an office which has a finance company and a care company ( same owner) . I am assisting book keeping( sage), payroll, general accounting duties and also managment accounting in finance side. The work environment is great and i am learning first hand experience, however the accountants working there are not CA.
I keep wondering if it is okay for me to start my journey in industry and try to work my way up, or must i have a practice experience? This late at my age and with no prev experience it will be difficult for me to get any opportunity in practice and i dont know if it will be the right choice for me. But to be the best at what i do, from my knowledge i somehow feel like i need that practice experience ( correct me if my thinking is wrong ). Then i hear stories about people jumping from practice to industry as soon as they qualify. Hence i am in constant dilemma what is the best way in my situation. And will i be able to gain my ACCA membership by working only in industry??
I am so undecided about my career. There were personal reasons and circumstances which has delayed my career but i want to be positive and be able to catch up and work hard. Please, accountants with similar experience or you all who have been working, advise me. your suggestions and knowledge would be of great help to me.....and thank in advance