How do I move into Industry roles please? Too old for this entry?
I have been trying to crack this in one shot for a while. I feel like I have only got one shot. Nearly 33 and switched careers far too many times and I might have gone far too deep into depression and have just bounced back.
I have worked in IT support for some time and hated every minute of it. Bachelors in IT.
I worked in a business development role as a sales manager for three years and hated every minute of it. Masters in business management.
Now, I have worked in a small accountancy firm voluntarily and really liked preparing P/L accounts, bank reconciliation, bookkeeping in general, maintaining ledgers for our clients, dealing with HMRC (!), speaking to people about compliance and what not. Long story short, I have been offered MAAT full membership based on my practical experience in this finance role and my academic papers from ACCA part qualification. (three more professional papers to go!)
My question is, I don’t want to not complete ACCA and would really like to make something out of it. I would like to work in an industry role when I will be dealing mainly internal stakeholders. I realise I have heavy competition from younger work force who just don’t mind taking on AP silos or AR silos in this type of role and toil away for couple of years. Should I follow the same route?
Are there any other routes I can mull about? For example, sticking with a practice until becoming fully qualified and make the move into industry as an assistant management accountant or a junior financial controller or something?
Please give me some suggestions. I feel like I am too old from all this studying, volunteering and working full time for the past three years and always need three points of contact (!) to even stand upright! Sigh. ☹