Hi everyone!! First of all thank you for your (indirect) support, you cannot imagine how much you have helped me during my studies.
I have completed a BSc Hons in Financial Management six months ago (2:1) and I am still without a job. I have also a Foundation degree in Applied Finance. I have applied to any open position in UK and Ireland but without success. I have more than 6 years of experience abroad as a management accountant and I am actually working as a volunteer in a Charity (during the day... while I work in hospitality at night to pay the rent and the bills).
In my free time I study CPD courses, which are cheap and give me a deeper insight about accounting. I want to find a job as soon as possible, any kind of job. I was also considering to qualify with ICB and freelance as a bookkeeper, but the accountant where I volunteer, discouraged me, telling me that this is an old fashioned job which is disappearing with automation. I am arrived at a point where I am so confused that I don't even have a clue about a possible next step... I proposed myself to work for free in the practices here around, but nothing.
In your opinion, what should I do? What is the fastest qualification/certification toward a job?
ICB and freelance? IAB to leverage my international experience and rolling the dice abroad? Will a certification in Financial Modelling (FMVA) be of any use here in UK, without a senior qualification like ACCA or CIMA? Better to build upon my competencies in programming and database developing and trying with Business Intelligence? Any proprietary software solution, maybe SAP or cloud accounting? Or should I change field, studying FRM? I want to be operative in less than one year, so for the moment I have discarded ACCA and CIMA. They are also too much expensive for me at the moment, I cannot afford them.
Thank you so much for your help