Hi guys, I'm 31, currently work for a small retail shop so don't really have a career. Left school with all my GCSE's but no A-levels and didn't go to uni. Recently decided I'd like to have a proper career but wasn't really sure about what to do. Had an idea of something working with numbers like finance, accountat, actuary etc. Decided to do an Open University degree in mathematics thinking that I would need a degree not matter which career I decided upon. Started it in October, intending to do it hopefully do it full time over 3 years which I know is very difficult alongside a full time job. Since then after some more research I have decided I definitely wanr to be an accountant. I was wondering what the best way to go about this would be. I believe you don't NEED a degree to be an accountant? In that case what would be the best path for me now? Will it be near impossible for me to get a trainee position given my age and lack of experience? Would it help if I were to study for a qualification myself? And if so would AAT or ACCA be better? I could pause my degree once I finish off my current modules and use that time to study a specific accounting module if that be more worthwhile.
Thank you in advance for any advice.