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I want to go into accounting and have been looking at entry level roles and trainee roles after completing AAT Level 2. However, most of these ask for at least a few years of relevant accounts experience, which I don't have. Is it worth continuing with Level 3 or should I take a break?

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  • KoopaCooperKoopaCooper London, UKMAAT, AATQB Posts: 225
    Hi @Jammydodger, I was in a very similar position to you - when I started looking for work in this field I had no relevant work experience and only completed level 2.

    My advice - yes, it's completely worth carrying straight on into level 3; by maintaining my momentum, I showed potential employers that I was committed to my career plan, and actually I found that interviews came a lot more easily once I completed level 3 as well. When you don't have any relevant experience, you need something to make up for it, and qualifications are the best way I can think of doing that!

    (Actually, I got hired the same week I started level 4, it was already paid for and everything. If I hadn't been hired I would still have gone ahead with it anyway to show that I was sticking to my career plan)

    I wish you all the luck for 2020!
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  • accountaholicsaccountaholics Registered Posts: 10
    My best advice for you is to go to an accounting firm and have a solid experience for 3 year. As I remember, they do not require any experience to those who are applying and they even recommend fresh grads to apply to their firm. Happy new year to you.
  • Pian32Pian32 Registered Posts: 153
    My situation was similar. I finished my level 2 and started my level 3. Didn't get much response to applications for about 5 months. I ended up asking a local accountancy firm if I could get some work experience as I was worried about being over qualified and under experienced.

    Did the week and then was immediatly hired as a temp which changed to full time at the end of that year.

    Get your foot in the door when you hit about 6 months of experience you'll start to be contacted as long as your CV is visable.
    AAT Level 4, MAAT
    ACCA in progress
    F4- Sitting Aug/September 2020
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  • amurrayamurray Feels At Home Registered, MAAT, AATQB Posts: 289
    Hi Jammydodger,

    I agree with the comments raised above in continuing with your Level 3 studies, showing a continued commitment to your studies would be very attractive to any potential future employer. This shows that you dedicated to the profession and are shaping your future career.
    MAAT, AATQB, FIAB, MICB PM.Dip.
    Completed AAT in March 2020
    Currently Studying: CIMA 'Operational Level'
  • NewlyQualifiedNewlyQualified Registered Posts: 7
    Hi Jammydodger,

    We have a vacancy on www.newlyqualified.co.uk right now for an AAT Level 2 that doesn't require experience. Check it out.
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