Almost a third of accountants dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur before beginning their training, new research claims.
Running their own business was the most popular pre-qualification career dream among accountants polled by recruitment specialists Careers in Audit, ahead of being a lawyer cited by 22% of respondents.
Another 14% wanted to be a sports star, while 3% had visions of taking to the skies as a pilot. One respondent even had ambitions to become an atomic physicist.
When it came to inspiration most were motivated by the achievements of public figures such as Nelson Mandela and Sir Richard Branson. Only 3% cited their boss as the figure who most inspires them, while just one in 20 opted for prime minister Tony Blair.
Max Williamson, chief executive of Careers in Audit, said: "Many a...