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Shab
Shab Registered Posts: 54 Regular contributor ⭐
Hi everyone,

I hope that all of u are in the very best of your health and mood, guys i am an aat qualified and recently got my first job in the accounting field. I was studying BA (Hons) Accounting and Finanace which i have differ due the new job. my plan was to finish the degree first and study ACCA because i will be granted exemption from the ACCA upon the completion on my degree, but in the current situation i am bit confused because my employer will not support my sutdies and also if i didnt return to uni this year then i will have to pay the higher tution fee. So please let me know what is better for me completing my degree or stick with the new job.

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  • PGM
    PGM Registered Posts: 1,954 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    With the difficulty of getting accountancy jobs at the moment I'd be relectant to give the job up! Especially if its any good.

    How much of the degree have you done? Could you continue it part time?

    If not, you could then consider AAT or one of the chartered bodies.
  • Shab
    Shab Registered Posts: 54 Regular contributor ⭐
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    Thanks very much for ur reply. I am already an AAT qualified and have finish my first semester in year 2 and also I have achived quite good result which is over 70%, so only have one and Half year to do. Why am I confused because lot people telling me that bacholer is very important in this country and also I will be granted exemption from the ACCA (first nine papers) after completing degree. It's my new job the timetable is quite different u have to stay until 6:30 so here is the difficulity come. And also I became 24 in April so I m getting older as well and this is my first professional job I had after completing the AAT. And we all hope and it's look like that jobs market is and will get better. I will be greatfull If u can guide me.
    Many thanks
    Shab
  • PGM
    PGM Registered Posts: 1,954 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    I'd still stick with the job for the time being. Often experience is valued more highly than qualifications by employers.
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon Registered Posts: 4,071 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    PGM wrote: »
    I'd still stick with the job for the time being. Often experience is valued more highly than qualifications by employers.

    agreed.
    it's a shame, because you are part way through the degree, but good accountantcy jobs are very hard to come by, so I would be very loathe to give that up if it was me.

    personally, with higher tuition fees and the fact that it seems that everyone is expected to get a degree these days, I feel that they are being devalued and certainly don't mean what they used to. I think many employers, myself included, would much rather see relevant experience, then vocational qualifications (like AAT), and then a degree, in that order.

    As to your employer not supporting your studies, is it a good job? Are you going to learn a lot? With this job on your CV, might you be able to move in a years time to an employer who will support your ACCA? Yes, you won't get the exemption, but not having to pay Uni fees (lower or higher) and not giving uo a job many AAT qualifiers would give their eyeteeth for, I think is something very important to consider.
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