Accountancy body supports #NoWrongPath in Scotland – FE News
Ahead of this year’s Scottish Examinations Results Day, professional accountancy body ACCA Scotland is urging young people to remember that there’s no wrong way to start a career in finance and accounting.
While results day will be a day of celebration for many, for some youngsters it will bring disappointment and worry about career plans. As an organization whose founding mission is to ensure the accountancy profession is accessible to everyone, everywhere, the ACCA is proud to support this year’s #NoWrongPath campaign in Scotland.
The professional body highlights the range of starting points to become a qualified accountant, regardless of school exam results, including Foundation, Modern and Graduate apprenticeships in Scotland, as well as traditional work routes while studying as well as self-learning.
Susan Love, Strategic Engagement Manager, Scotland, says:
“Whatever your ambitions, we know that the accounting qualifications and business understanding they provide open doors to a wide range of employers.
“We strive to ensure that our qualifications are as accessible and flexible as possible, as we know that many of our members have overcome a series of setbacks and inconveniences to carve out successful careers in finance, making a contribution fantastic to the Scottish economy and society along the way.. The #NoWrongPath campaign is an opportunity for us to celebrate the success of our diverse members and offer support and comfort to our future members.
ACCA member David Nicholls is one of many to have lent his support to the campaign. Having no clear idea of what he wanted to do during his studies, he left with poor exam results to start a university course but dropped out at the end of his first year. After working for a few years in different jobs without any particular professional project, he began a career as an accounting trainee, preparing for the ACCA in his spare time. He graduated in 2015 and is now a partner at Glasgow accounting firm Brett Nicholls Associates.
“Even though I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do when I left school, I was disappointed with my school exam results and felt I was running out of options. I envied (still envied!) people who knew what they wanted and worked hard to achieve it. I started a course at university because around me and at the time a university degree was what most people did and it was expected. The subject didn’t suit me but I had very few options – my heart wasn’t in it and I finally gave up at the end of the first year.
“After working for several years in an unsatisfying job, I decided to explore accounting and was relieved to find that it was still possible to qualify through the mature student entry route. At that time, I was married and started a family the same year I started studying ACCA. Life was busy and studying at night was a challenge, but it was worth it and I knew I had an end goal to achieve. I would tell any young person that it’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do, or if your plan takes a few wrong turns, because it’s never too late to find the career that’s right for you. . ”
ACCA points out that any young person considering future options can find out more about accounting careers here: https://yourfuture.accaglobal.com/global/en.html
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