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Routes into Accountancy – part one:

Article posted: 7th July 2017

University? Or a Professional Apprenticeship? by Tanya Hamilton, Staff Partner

You’ve decided on a career in accountancy, but do you choose university or enter a practice straight from school and embark on a professional apprenticeship?

There is more than one route into an accountancy career and choosing the right route for you will depend on a number of factors including your financial situation and how you want to study - in the office or in a dorm!

At McBrides we have accounts trainees undergoing ACA, ACCA, and AAT and we know that dif-ferent routes and qualifications suit different personalities, preferred ways of learning and suit peo-ple at different points in their personal development.

Students choose to go to university for a number of reasons and may not wish to study accountan-cy there. They may prefer to select Finance, Philosophy, Modern Languages or even English as their subject. One of our partners has a degree in Geology and another has a degree in Music and Electronics.

Over to our trainees to offer their unique perspectives on their route into accountancy:

Georgia: “I came to McBrides from another employer during my AAT studies having entered the profession following my ‘A’ levels. I think this is a good route in because I can earn while I learn.”

Callum: “I joined McBrides as a management accounts trainee to study for my AAT following my A levels. I would advise anybody looking at a career in accountancy to try to get into the workplace as early as possible in order to build on your experience. I personally believe that on-the-job expe-rience outweighs a degree in this profession.”

Stephen: “I don’t regret taking a route through university as I really enjoyed the experience, but I’m not sure it added value to the career.”

As a firm, we look at candidates from different routes and like to choose a mix of trainees; both school leavers and graduates. We believe this mix provides the balance that we look for at the firm and also provides a variety of life-experience.

For a more detailed view on taking the university route to accountancy please read Patrick’s story here

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