How far along AAT until overqualified 4 entry jobs

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Have recently finished my level 2, was considering starting the level 3, but worry some employers will consider me to be overqualified for entry level jobs. Do people think that I would still be safe with the book-keeping part of the level 3 at least?

I am working part-time and will try to volunteer somewhere, I will start phoning up accounting companies.

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By memyself-eye
12th May 2024 08:26

Go for it - you can't be 'overqualified' at level 3 AAT.
Besides, future employers will ask why did you stop?

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By Soliloquy
14th May 2024 07:06

Although I have little hope of an apprenticeship (due to being 40), I did just find out that doing just one module would render me inelligible for funding.

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By paul.benny
12th May 2024 09:56

Most employers will be more interested in your experience than your specific level of qualification. It only becomes a problem if lots of exam passes and little experience.

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By Soliloquy
12th May 2024 13:13

The problem is I have 0 experience, not even any admin or customer service. So I assume that level 4 would likely overqualify me in conjunction with this.

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By Soliloquy
12th May 2024 13:54

Just to clarify: A full AAT3 with 0 accounting, customer service or admin experience wouldn't reduce my chances of an entry accounts job? Thankyou.

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By FactChecker
12th May 2024 14:43

Seems to me that you've correctly identified the problem (mismatch of experience and qualifications), but are tackling the problem from the wrong end.

No idea of your personal circumstances, but it would usually be best to tackle the area of 'deficiency' (i.e. lack of experience) before putting the brakes on following your qualification path.
Personally, I'd prioritise getting a job that will give you relevant experience (and ideally support your further training) ... and then continue with the AAT3 either in parallel or after a short gap.

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By Soliloquy
12th May 2024 19:50

Right, but I have heard from several other AAT qualified in my area, that they can't even get a VOLUNTEERING position with AAT2.

So that's why I'm asking if I'm in trouble with Bookkeeping level 3 + 0 experience when applying.

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By FactChecker
12th May 2024 21:01

As I said, I'm not aware of your personal circumstances (or of any factors that might pertain specifically to your 'area') ... and I should add that I'm not in a position to provide active career advice ... but I think you may have missed my point.

If people you know "can't even get a VOLUNTEERING position with AAT2" and you've already said that you have zero practical experience, then the way for you to break that logjam is to gain some relevant experience ... irrespective of whether you progress to AAT3 (which would be a shame to give up on progressing).

Don't forget that other people's anecdotes don't necessarily reflect your reality ... they may have other deficiencies or just not want you as competition.

BTW what do you mean by 'volunteering'?
A typical practice (and many charities) will regard a person without experience as more of a drag on their resources (not as a free or cheap resource), as they will have to help you and double-check your work (at least initially).

Whereas that same practice may take a completely different attitude if they feel they are investing in you as a formal trainee - same effort input, but towards a purpose (you ending up as an experienced and productive member of staff).
Which is why I suggested prioritising "getting a job that will give you relevant experience (and ideally support your further training) ... and then continue with the AAT3 either in parallel or after a short gap".

The problem with reaching the point of "Bookkeeping level 3 + 0 experience" is not with the extra qual but the lack of experience ... so focus on solving that aspect.

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By Ian Petty
17th May 2024 11:50

Could not have put it better myself.

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By tom123
13th May 2024 20:29

A little plug for my own sector - schools can often have vacancies for accounts clerk roles.

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By diermij
17th May 2024 08:18

I was in a similar position 40 years ago - partial ACCA but no practical experience. I priced myself into my first job and I am glad I continued with the qualification. Do whatever you have to do to get some hands on work, but continue with your AAT studies.

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By Paul Crowley
17th May 2024 17:28

Overqualified has no meaning here.
No experience means that you would start on the bottom rung, but with knowledge should be able to climb quicker than the rest, provided that you apply that knowledge skilfully.
Do not stop exam progress.

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