Getting your First Accounting Job: Victoria’s Experience

Posted by: Jannike Post Date: 8th December 2015

Victoria Marshall has finally bagged her dream job as a finance assistant after starting her AAT studies with Babington. We caught up with Victoria to find out all about it.

What made you want to become an accountant?

I was always good at maths at school and enjoyed numbers and puzzles. This is what attracted me to accountancy, as I guess it is a kind of puzzle with lots of working out!

Why did you decide to study AAT?

Getting your first accounting job - Victoria Marshall

I was attracted to the AAT qualification as it was a way of gaining accounting qualifications without going to university. I previously studied a degree in forensic science, and realised this wasn’t the career route I wanted to go down.

I wanted to requalify without going back to university, as I had a full time job and it wasn’t ideal for me to do the conventional full-time route.

How has your tutor supported you throughout your studies?

My tutor has been very helpful, offering me extra support before I’ve even asked for it! She is always easily contacted and is always emailing messages of support, which really helps boost my confidence and encourages me to continue working hard.

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Tell us about your new role

I am very excited to start my new role, as it’s something I have been working towards for a long time. It involves maintaining ledgers, producing invoices and keeping customer accounts up to date.

As part of the interview, I had to complete a Microsoft Excel test and answer finance questions. My AAT studies definitely helped me excel in these areas, as I had studied them as part of the qualification.

I had been looking for an accounts based role for a long time, and was struggling in terms of the roles being offered to people with more experience. The AAT qualification has definitely helped me as it offers a competitive advantage, and I would not have got the role without it.

What does the future look like for you?

I’m currently about to finish AAT level 3. In five years’ time, I hope to be a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, and working towards having a business of my own.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to go into accounting?

My advice would be to try and get experience in a relevant field if you want to go into accounting, as full time jobs are very competitive. This will also give you an idea of whether you definitely want to progress in the field.

Studying the AAT qualification gives you in-depth knowledge, and the website contains very helpful information that will help towards your studies.

If you’re inspired by Victoria’s experience, why not find out more about studying AAT with Babington?

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