Why should I become an Accountant?
Being that bookkeeping only covers one area of accounting, if you’re looking for a career that focuses on the bigger financial picture, qualifies you for more job opportunities, and thus, more cash flow, then becoming an Accountant might be the ideal choice for you!
Similar to starting a career in bookkeeping, you don’t actually need a degree to begin a fulfilling career in accounting - and you can work in almost any industry. This means you’ll be highly employable while avoiding any hefty uni debt.
Let us also not forget to mention that you’ll be well paid from the get-go, with the average salary of accountants in the UK being upwards of £23,000.
If that’s not enough to convince you, we should add that as an accountant you’ll also have ample opportunities to work flexibly from anywhere in the world, with the chance to be choosy about where and what industry you work in so you can make certain you choose a job in an area you enjoy.
Where to Start
Since accounting is naturally more analytical and complex, accountants typically require more education and training than bookkeepers.
If you’re just starting out on your accounting career journey, however, the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you have zero to minimal accounting experience and can lead you into many sought-after entry-level finance roles such as an Accounts Assistant, Accounts Administrator, or an Accounts Payable Clerk.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to save some money and get ahead at the same time, the AAT Level 2 & 3 Certificate and Diploma in Accounting is an ideal choice.
This combined course will give you the fundamental knowledge and skills you need to launch your accountancy career, and is even suitable if you already have some accounting experience but want to master essential practical finance skills (such as double-entry bookkeeping).
If you already have a Level 3 qualification however, and are looking to further progress in your career, then the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting is the way to go.
The Level 4 course is ideal if you have significant practical accounting education and experience and want to progress into senior roles such as Finance Officer.
Regardless of which career path you choose, bookkeepers and accountants are in high demand - a trend that won’t be changing anytime soon.
We hope this blog gives you confidence that whatever path you choose, you’re sure to be busy, successful, and fulfilled in your role.
Interested in kickstarting or advancing your finance career? Enrol on a 100% online professional AAT qualification with us and get started today.