It's that time of year again when I ask myself the question above. I'd just like to hear what people think.
My background - I've been working in finance since the early 90's, I passed AAT in 2003 and started studying with one of the chartered bodies where I quickly got through the initial exams.
With work I started out as an Accounts Clerk in industry and became a Management Accountant in 2003. In 2006 my boss was caught doing some things that [he or she] shouldn't have been doing and I was called upon to step up and take the reins of the accounts department. I was given the tittle of Cheif Accountant and was incharge of finance faclilties in the UK and two other european offices.
All of that was a destraction from my studies and I pulled out of the exams that I was due to take. I started studying again in 2008 but with a personal desaster and the credit crunch hitting, again, I was unable to focus on studying and pulled out of exams.
Since then I have seen a few more corporate scandals (all extremely good experience) and, I feel, that I'm at the top of my game. In 2014 it was all put to the test when the company that I worked for folded and I needed to look for a new job.
Despite having the label 'Part-qualified' and/or 'Qualified by experience', I only got put forward to Financial Controller/Chief Accountant level jobs and had offers from all the jobs I was interviewed for.
I now have a Financial Controller/Chief Accountant level job in a slightly different sector.
I seem to be completely unaffected by the fact that I've never fully qualified, yet I know of much younger people that have qualified that seem to stay in 'accounts assistant' type roles for years and years and struggle to get any further.
Is there any point in me trying to complete my qualification? ...I'm 44 and could probably complete outstanding exams in two sittings.
Anybody else in the same boat? ...or does anybody feel that qualifying not that necessary (not including practice).
Does anyone have the oposite opinion that it is totaly necessary?
What would you do in my situation?