Let me start by introducing myself, My Name is Nicola and I'm a 33 year old single mum of 2 teenagers from Liverpool. I am currently employed as an Assistant Management Accountant of a Pharmaceutical company.
I have worked in Finance for around 10 years slowly working my way up by studying and gaining experience.
But i haven't always been in this rewarding career.
10 years ago I had nothing!
I was in a women s refuge after leaving my ex-partner with two children in tow, and had no qualifications,
I started applying for positions but without qualifications the positions where for minimum wage at £3.90 per hour.
I had 2 young children and rent and childcare to pay.
I knew I couldn't survive like this and wanted better for my children,
So I started temping, Reception work, Admin work, anything which required no qualifications!
I then began looking into college courses, anything I could fit around my kids to somehow drag myself out of the hole I felt I was in.
There was a course running in my Kirkby Unemployed Center for Sage Line 50, it ran 1 day a week for 6 months I began the course in the September and I loved it!
I gained an NVQ Level 2 in Sage Line 50 and decided there and then that this was what I wanted to do.
After completing my Level 2 in Sage Line 50, I found a 2 year contract working as an Accounts Clerk of a Window Manufacturer near where i lived. I would never have gained this employment without Sage Line 50 course.
This allowed me actual hands on experience in all areas of accounts.
I then started my next course 2 evenings a week at Knowsley Community College Associate of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
AAT is a route to becoming a Qualified Accountant without attending university and taking out a student loan.
Don't get me wrong the course is hard! You have to do a lot of home study and sit several exams per year. When you are working full time, and studying most evenings it is hard! Especially when you are a single mother you have the added guilt that you should be spending all that time on your children.
I qualified October 2012 and graduated in January 2013 with newly gained letters after my name! (MAAT)
After AAT I decided I wanted to take on my professional exams, this would allow me to become a Fully Qualified Chartered Management Accountant!
As I am fully qualified AAT ,I was exempt from all the certificate Level CIMA exams (5 exams in total) so I began Operational Level October 2013 and in May 2014 i passed my final Operational Level exam and gained more letters after my name (CimaDipMA)
Now I work for a Pharma company, and I am still studying for my Managerial Level CIMA exams!
I have 6 exams in total to undertake and 2 case studies before I will be a Fully Qualified Chartered Accountant. It'll take me a long time, and I’ll probably fail a few exams along the way! The exams are hard, and with the recent change in syllabus it is unknown territory.
But I’ll do it, and believe me if I can do it anyone can.
So good Luck! Thanks for reading my blog, any questions please comment and i will reply to all.
Hope this inspires young mums out there who are struggling and with the recent changes in Tax credits and benefits it’s impossible to live without a decent job these days.
I am currently working on my website www.wannabeanaccountant.co.uk whereby i am to discuss routes into accountancy and other Financial qualifications to Unemployed people who need advice and help with funding.
My blog can be found here at: http://wannabeanaccountant.blogspot.co.uk/
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