I realised that I was interested in accounting while studying my A-Levels at school so I researched paths I could take to become a chartered accountant. I felt an apprenticeship would suit me more than going to university because I could work and earn a salary whilst studying at the same time.
I applied for an apprenticeship scheme with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the Leadership through Sport and Business programme. The scheme involved mentoring young members of the community, alongside studying the AAT Accounting Qualification and also working in an accountancy role for a firm three days a week.
I completed Level 2 of the qualification within three months with all first time passes but unfortunately there were no more spaces on the programme to continue with Level 3. However, this minor setback didn’t stop me from applying for other accountancy opportunities.
I found an apprenticeship programme run through the Training Place of Excellence so I could continue my Level 3. It’s generally standard for the training provider to help find a work placement. However I decided to find my own role. I went through an intensive interview process and managed to get a job as an accounts assistant at a logbook loan company.
I am now on the Higher Apprenticeship and am studying for my AAT Level 4. My employer has been very accommodating and enabled me to change my working pattern to fit in my studies. They are also funding it and I’ve been lucky enough to be promoted to junior accountant.
My workplace is a fast growing company with a very fast paced and dynamic work environment. This keeps me busy and on my toes. I enjoy it because I enjoy working with figures and problem solving, and I also like building relationships with clients and my colleagues. AAT has enabled me to understand certain financial processes in depth, and given me a professional and ethical approach to work. I’m more confident in my accounting skills, and more aware of certain financial procedures and processes.
My long term ambition is to become a chartered accountant. I hope to go into auditing, assurance or consultancy for a recognised accountancy firm, alongside studying the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) qualification.