Do you wanna be an accountant?

nicd1981nicd1981 Well-KnownLiverpoolRegistered Posts: 206
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.

Thanks again

Nicola xx
My blog can be found here at:

http://wannabeanaccountant.blogspot.co.uk/

Please comment and share xx
Nicola Donnelly ,MAAT, MIP, CIMA Dip MA

Email: donnellynicola7@gmail.com
Facbook Page: MEND Accounting
Blog: http://wannabeanaccountant.blogspot.co.uk
Twitter: @AccountantLive
Website: http://www.mendaccounting.co.uk
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Comments

  • nicd1981nicd1981 Well-Known LiverpoolRegistered Posts: 206
    Thank you for taking the time to read. If possible could you please write in the comments section of the blog a brief description of why you started accountancy and what hurdles you have over come to get where you are today. I would like to go into teaching and i am hoping this blog will inspire both current students and potential students.
    Thanks again
    Nicola
    Nicola Donnelly ,MAAT, MIP, CIMA Dip MA

    Email: donnellynicola7@gmail.com
    Facbook Page: MEND Accounting
    Blog: http://wannabeanaccountant.blogspot.co.uk
    Twitter: @AccountantLive
    Website: http://www.mendaccounting.co.uk
  • BethaBetha BrightonRegistered Posts: 10
    Hi Nicola, i am just about to take my first AAT Level 3 exam, i am also a single mother to a 23 month old girl.

    I am struggling with the guilt of studying at night and working full time but hopeful that it will be worth it in the long run!!

    thanks for the inspiration :)

    my aim is to do AAT Level 3 then ATT then CTA

    All the best xx
    nicd1981
  • nicd1981nicd1981 Well-Known LiverpoolRegistered Posts: 206
    Hi Betha, Keep at it! I now have a thriving business with 31 clients and I still work full time but am considering reducing my hours ! AAT has really changed my life and broadened my horizons :) Yes I understand the guilt , I felt like that too but its been worth it in the end. Plus my children have ambition, which they may not of had if I hadn't of gone down this route.
    Goodluck and let us know how you get on xx
    Nicola Donnelly ,MAAT, MIP, CIMA Dip MA

    Email: donnellynicola7@gmail.com
    Facbook Page: MEND Accounting
    Blog: http://wannabeanaccountant.blogspot.co.uk
    Twitter: @AccountantLive
    Website: http://www.mendaccounting.co.uk
  • BethaBetha BrightonRegistered Posts: 10
    Thank you.

    Congratulations- I am a junior for a chartered accountants so hopefully will gain necessary experience!
    take my personal email! you are an inspiration!! bethappleby@outlook.com
    x
    nicd1981
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