What do I need to get a Job in Accounting?



Getting a Job in Accounts in London is a great career choice. There are many jobs within Finance and Accounts departments. Some jobs include Bookkeepers, Accountants, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Assistants, Accounts Technician and the list goes on.

Why is a Job in Accounting in London so appealing?

The main reason that jobs in London in Finance are so appealing is that every company needs a Finance / Accounts department. Therefore, there are always lots of job options out there and it is far less likely that a good quality CV will stay out of work for long.

However, London’s main industry is also Financial Services, so entering the Finance industry opens up lots of opportunities.

What is a Chartered Accountant?

A Chartered Accountant is one of the highest levels of Financial professionals. They normally have a University degree in Business or Finance and then 3 years professional training from ACA, ACCA or CIMA. Getting this qualification takes years of preparation, but there are much faster ways to enter the industry.

The AAT Qualification

The AAT is one of the most respected Institutions in Finance. They offer Bookkeeping and Accounting qualifications. On completing the Level 3 AAT Accounting Course, you can commence studying for Chartered Accountant qualification. However, the AAT qualification in itself will make you very employable and the majority of graduates do not see this additional step as being necessary.

What is the difference between AAT Bookkeeping and AAT Accounting?

Both are a part of the AAT qualification. The AAT Accounting actually includes the AAT Bookkeeping Courses, but there are additional Accounting only assessments. For example, the Level 2 qualification in Bookkeeping equals approximately half of the Accounting qualification.

Should I take AAT Bookkeeping Courses?

Yes, it is a great way to get started with the AAT qualification. Training providers like Souters offer classroom AAT Level 1 Bookkeeping (for pure beginners) and AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping (for those with some prior knowledge) in fast track courses. This means that you can gain the Bookkeeping qualification and the associated AAT certificate in 1 week. Furthermore, you will be half qualified for the AAT Accounting qualification. This options means that it is now much faster and more accessible for people to get qualified and get employed in a good Finance Job.

You can see the details of the two courses mentioned below. If you have any queries contact our office at info@souters.org or 0207 248 8987.

This article has been written by a Chartered Accountant with practical and teaching experience.

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