AATs for the Arts
Get qualified and get a job in finance (and you don”t even have to have studied it)
Finance is getting to be quite an attractive industry. Now the recession is on the way out (fingers firmly crossed), people are looking to a new generation of graduates to help avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. All of which is great, except for arts graduates who might be wishing they could get in on the action. And that”s where the AAT qualification comes in.
AAT is a qualification and professional membership body for accounting staff and,
if you”re looking for a career in finance then they could be the people for you.
They”ve launched a range of qualifications designed to give practical accounting skills that can be used instantly in the workplace. For anyone looking to make the move to the finance industry with no prior experience they”re probably a better bet than another three years of university.
If you are AAT qualified you can benefit from granted exemptions from the chartered bodies such as CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA and ICAS. You don”t need prior formal qualifications, but if you have relevant school qualifications, a degree or some accounting experience, you might be able to start at a higher level and progress through the qualification faster.
The AAT have tried to design the courses to be flexible and fit around students” life and work commitments. You can study full/part-time or from home, work while you study and fast-track to online casino chartered accountancy. All of which means it”s a real option for those who want to balance a future career in finance with getting a job right now.
How does it work?
There are three levels of qualifications. They”re primarily directed at accountants but are recognised across the finance industry. They are:
- AAT Access – Level 1
- The AAT Accounting Qualification – Level 2, 3 and 4
- The AAT Level 2 Award in Bookkeeping (QCF)
They have teaching branches all over the country which offer support and personal development opportunities, as well as good old fashioned information. The branches are also a good place to meet other AAT members in their local area, provided you don”t copy their notes.
Everything”s assessed using computer-based test and projects so there”s very little time spent in a classroom.
It probably won”t replace a degree in accounting entirely, but the AAT qualifications are a great alternative for people who have already ruled that out for whatever reason. And if a qualification is all that stands between you and a career in finance then maybe it”s worth a look.
For more information on AAT qualifications go to www.aat-jobs.co.uk or check out what previous students have got to say about it at www.youtube.com/user/yourbigfutureaat