I hope it's OK to post here, I'm not an accountant (at least not yet!).
I recently completed a short work placement at HMRC and I really enjoyed it. Some people recommended I study accountancy at University which I plan to do. I'm not sure I want to work at HMRC but I'm very interested in a career in this area.
I've been researching accountancy and I get the basic premise but I don't understand how you then go on to develop the necessary tax and other knowledge. I was helping out a team that dealt with research development claims which seemed to be one small aspect of corporation taxes however there are of course many taxes. Even for a small company you need to know about income tax, company tax, national insurance, pay as you earn etc. Each one of those being it's own topic in it's own right.
I understand you will study modules on tax but how can you be effective on so many different areas? You need to know accountancy, understand all the taxes, know how to read HMRC guidance, I was told about court/tribunal cases as well. Then you have law that changes all the time as well! I'm not sure I'm smart enough or can retain that much knowledge.
I get that some things just come with experience but if I qualify and get a job I don't understand how I will know enough to be useful.
Thanks for any advice you can provide.