Studying for AAT Level 2 at 65+

leswgardner Registered Posts: 1 New contributor 🐸

I have a background as a computer consultant on Sage products. Although I know accounts it was not my top speciality. I have been forced to stop direct Computer consultancy but want to carry on working.
I have for some time thought that taking the AAT Level 2 course would be a way to continue working in a similar but not the same way.

Do you think it is feasible at my age both to study and to find employment opportunities.



  • marinaweg
    marinaweg Registered Posts: 10 New contributor 🐸
    Go for it! Any initiative will give you an advantage, I think experience and maturity count for a lot, most rural companies go for older applicants because they are usually more reliable. I started AAT level 2 three years ago, at the age of 48, going to college and passed all exams first time. I had day release from my accountancy firm because I wanted to get back in to studying gradually, but if you have enough experience you should start at level 3. I only have the ICAS project left to finish my qualification and feel much more secured in my job and also more secure for my future, knowing that if I lose my job I could atleast set myself up as a bookkeeper from home.
  • janwal
    janwal Registered Posts: 1,189 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    I agree with marinaweg, if you feel you want to go for it, I am 45 and just started level 4. Why because you've reached a certain age should you be told your on the scrap heap. Doing level 2 would give you a certificate in it's on right and the possability of doing bookkeeping etc then it would be upto you of you want to continue. We have a gentleman in our college class who is 60. Also with the new rules on agism coming into force yesterday also companies cannot peanalise on age.

    Good luck

  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    Hello Les

    Welcome to the forum!

    I agree with Marina and Jan - go for it if this is something which interests you. There is nothing to lose and all to gain :o

    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Beautiful_bobo
    Beautiful_bobo Registered Posts: 106 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    Hi Les

    I say go for it. As long as you enjoy it. I am 54 and I am still studying, I am doing level 4. I am not ready for the scrap heap just yet and I have only been doing accounts for 5 years.....

    Good Luck and please us know how you get on...

  • James Patterson
    James Patterson Registered Posts: 281
    Hi Les,

    I think you wanting to study AAT is great and best of luck to you :)

    I think you may struggle in terms of employment opportunities though; finding a job without any experience in accounts, unless you really play on what you know will be hard.

    I would look into what opportunities you think you could take up putting yourself in the position of having completed AAT. And ask yourself is it worth it?

    Kind regards,
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