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I am 32 years old from India, and I have ten years of work experience with two major MNCs in India, specifically in factory operations. Although I was always drawn to accounting from my first job, I didn't pursue a career in accounting back in India due to the dismal pay scale. With a dream of becoming an accountant, I came to the UK and took on various jobs to sustain myself, including working in an ice cream parlor and as a healthcare assistant. I pursued ACCA concurrently while working and completed NVQ 2 & 3. Now, I am attempting to secure an entry-level accounting job, but I am facing rejections due to a lack of experience in the UK. I tried applying for apprenticeships, but I am ineligible as I have not completed three years in the UK. I am desperate to work in an entry-level accounting position. Can someone please guide me on what steps I should take?

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By tom123
05th Jan 2024 09:45

When you say entry level accounting - are you aiming at working for an accountancy firm, or in an accounts department of another organisation?

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Replying to tom123:
05th Jan 2024 10:06

accounts department of another organisation.

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By paul.benny
06th Jan 2024 15:00

You're in a difficult position: your work history doesn't make you an attractive candidate. Starting ACCA has its merits but qualifications without experience have little value. Your immigration status may also be off-putting to some prospective employers.

I think you are most likely to succeed by networking - businesses run by people of Indian heritage may be more likely to give you a chance. Ask everyone at your mosque/gurdwara/temple for contacts and when you speak with them, ask them for further contacts; talk to former colleagues from India and ask for contacts in the UK business, etc.

Good luck.

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