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Hi guys, 

I have a degree in Art Management and whole my career is related to art business. However, I have recently developed interests in accounting. 
I have been looking at AAT and ACCA/ACA. I am aware that AAT is for beginners who are new to accounting whereas ACCA is more advanced level. 
I also had looked at ACCA foundation diploma which is for peole new to accounting as I was told. 
So I am thinking to study AAT or ACCA diploma and then progress to ACCA fullly qualified.  But I am bit confused which one will be a bit better for getting   
a job first as I am also thinking to work while progressing to ACCA. 
Some friends told me I should go straight into ACCA , but I am not sure it will be too overwhelming? 
would be appreciated if I can have some good advice about it :) thank you . 
 

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By Cheshire
23rd Sep 2020 15:41

Why are you interested in accounting? What about it interests you?

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By unity09
23rd Sep 2020 16:03

You would be better off speaking to ACCA directly.

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By ngaccounts
23rd Sep 2020 16:14

Maybe not quickest way, but AAT might be best starting point in terms of a relatively gentle intro into accounting. Will also give you some exemptions towards ACCA. Not so familiar with ACCA diploma but presumably also gives you exemptions.

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By gainsborough
23rd Sep 2020 16:15

The ACCA foundation levels (formally the "F" papers) are designed for those who have no prior experience in studying accounting.

However, before you embark on any course, you should do some research to make sure accountancy is the right career for you - look at the ACCA website (especially the getting started section), chat to any friends you know who have studied accountancy, shadow someone at their work if you can or see if anyone might give you a few days work experience (you may have to wait for next year for this given the Covid situation).

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By Qiu
23rd Sep 2020 23:27

I have spoken to my friends who are Woking as financial analysis . They all told to go straight into ACCA :)
I am sure I would like accounting to be my career as I think it suits my personality and I have been studying by myself from a book ( financial accounting) and I found it very interesting.
I am just thinking which way will be more effective for me to get a job and eventually to achieve ACCA.
Do you think after finishing ACCA diploma , there are job opportunities open to this qualification or employer prefers AAT?
Also , to be fully qualified, ACCA required three years practical experience, so I kind of worried if I will be able to get a job without experience

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By bernard michael
24th Sep 2020 09:43

Qiu wrote:

I have spoken to my friends who are Woking as financial analysis . They all told to go straight into ACCA :)
I am sure I would like accounting to be my career as I think it suits my personality and I have been studying by myself from a book ( financial accounting) and I found it very interesting.
I am just thinking which way will be more effective for me to get a job and eventually to achieve ACCA.
Do you think after finishing ACCA diploma , there are job opportunities open to this qualification or employer prefers AAT?
Also , to be fully qualified, ACCA required three years practical experience, so I kind of worried if I will be able to get a job without experience

What sort of personality do you have that fits with accountancy??

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By MuayThai
23rd Sep 2020 16:17

If you're a bit thick do AAT. If you're not thick do ACCA or ACA

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By Qiu
23rd Sep 2020 23:23

Lol...

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By Anonymous.
23rd Sep 2020 16:17

If you have a search, this and similar questions get asked every 3/4 weeks so there is a significant amount of information that you may find helpful- not just about which exams to do but about job/career options

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By scalloway
23rd Sep 2020 16:28

If you have no previous accounting experience i would suggest AAT as it starts with the very basics.

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By Qiu
24th Sep 2020 08:38

Very useful links thank you

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By Tosie
23rd Sep 2020 21:15

It depends on your age, what you want to do with the qualification, and your present financial situation.

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By Qiu
24th Sep 2020 08:41

My goal is working for my own eventually.
But would like to have some experience working in practice before doing my own practice

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By Cheshire
24th Sep 2020 14:38

Qiu wrote:

My goal is working for my own eventually.
But would like to have some experience working in practice before doing my own practice

'Would like to' is not an option. You will not get a practice licence without fulfilling the prof bodies requirements for obtaining relevant experience. Be careful where you get a job, some will not be able to sign off your experience logs.

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By Qiu
25th Sep 2020 00:04

AAT is a qualification attracted by employers? I am thinking it might be good idea to kick off AAT and trying to get a entry level job. And then progress ACCA. It might take longer , but will be probably more smoothly on transition.

I actually don’t see much requirements for AAT from Job Ads market

So , I am a bit also worried that I will not be able to get first job because of my background. It seems employers tend to go for degree graduates.

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