Careers Advice

Most of our learners are studying AAT in order to either get a job or to progress their careers. We are therefore used to providing both generic advice on career and study options and also direct advice on job hunting.

“I have progressed from a trainee accountant who at the time had no experience in the accountancy profession to a qualified Chartered Accountant who is now in a position to advise many clients and businesses on all aspects of their affairs and help them make sound business decisions. I would recommend training with Accountancy Learning as the knowledge and professionalism of their staff makes for an enjoyable and complete learning experience” Charles Chandler, AC Mole & Sons

 

Charles (SWSCA President 2013) with Prue and Simon (SWSCA President 2006).

Charles (SWSCA President 2013) with Prue and Simon (SWSCA President 2006).

 

We have helped place a number of students with our clients in the South West and are actively involved in supporting them recruit Apprentices.

If you are 16-23, have good GCSE grades (at least 5 at grades C or above) and ideally have taken, or are taking, “A” Levels, and are looking to undertake an Apprenticeship in Accounting, do drop us an email with your CV.

The old man of our team (!?!), Simon, is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and has been involved in accountancy training and providing technical and practice management for many years, having acted for some of his clients since 1984. He is therefore well placed to provide advice and support to our students – and our employers.

However, we are not a free counselling service and we would encourage you to make use of your local careers service or the national careers service website, which includes guidance on CV building. See

http://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

They do also have a section on career options for Accounting Technicians (click here), but please take their salary guide with a pinch of salt!

As would expect, we have to careful to avoid a conflict of interest where our students’ training has been funded by their employers. In these circumstances, where advice is likely to extend from general careers advice to recruitment opportunities, we will suggest that you contact specialist accountancy recruitment advisors.

National

The AAT provide some careers advice and information via their website (you may need to create a guest account). You can download their most recent salary survey from:

https://www.aat.org.uk/membership/research/salary-survey

For those students already registered with the AAT, you can access an on-line monthly newsletter for students: https://www.aat.org.uk/enewsletter/studentplus

AAT Engage includes direct links to courses, podcasts and branch events for each AAT branch area, including national webinars https://www.aat.org.uk/enewsletter/engage

A national on-line recruitment service is provided by GAAP web on:

http://www.gaapweb.com/. There is a general careers advice section on their blog page on: http://blog.gaapweb.com/

http://careercake.com/ is also possibly worth a look, with a string of videos advising on elements of interview techniques, plus a free guide to covering letters.

South West

In the South West, the specialist accountancy recruiters we have dealt with are:

Jamie Wall at Cathedral Appointments http://www.cathedralappointments.co.uk/browse-jobs.ashx?sector=Accountancy

Alana Carroll at Gravitas Recruitment: http://www.gravitasrecruitmentsw.co.uk/

Mark Lloyd at Lloyd Barnes:  http://www.lloyd-barnes.co.uk/ . On their home page you can download a market and benefits survey and view an interview survey infographic http://www.lloyd-barnes.co.uk/training.php
They also have a free CV builder, for those wishing to register exclusively with them for one week.

Alex Callister at Trial Balance: http://www.trial-balance.co.uk/They too, have a salary survey, which can be found on their downloads page

They are all very experienced in the accountancy field and for those of you in the South West, looking for specialist recruitment support, we recommend that you contact them to discuss your options in more detail. Tell them we suggested you call.