First Intuition’s AATitude Festival

We’re so excited to announce that after the huge success last year we will be once again running our AATitude Festival!  From Monday 24th May to Friday 28th May we will be hosting various sessions on key topics to help and inspire AAT students.

Our sessions are all completely free, open to anyone, and will take place online so you can join us anywhere you have internet access!

First Intuition’s AATitude Festival

We’re so excited to announce that after the huge success last year we will be once again running our AATitude Festival!  From Monday 24th May to Friday 28th May we will be hosting various sessions on key topics to help and inspire AAT students.

Our sessions are all completely free, open to anyone, and will take place online so you can join us anywhere you have internet access!

To book your places please click on the dates below to secure your bookings!  You can attend as few or as many of these sessions as you will find useful.

Monday 24th May - Financial Accounting Day

09:30-10:15 – Communication skills  

Communication plays a big part in being an accountant. You must be able to communicate clearly and efficiently about complicated financial matters with people who are unfamiliar with finance if you want to have a successful career in accountancy.  In this session, our AAT Course Director and Tutor Crystal Haygreen will be discussing how to improve your communication skills!

12:30-13:30 – What is it like to work in Financial Accounting?

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in Financial Accounting? In this session, we find out from our panel of guests what it is like to work in practice, what a typical day is like, and the types of jobs you can get. If you are considering a career in financial accounting, you might be interested in learning a little more about what financial accountants actually do.

17:00-18:00 – How to set up your own practice

Although it may seem like a pipe dream while you’re studying, once you’ve qualified you may seriously consider setting up on your own.  In this session, you will meet some people who have done just that!

Revision sessions:

18.00-18:30 Level 2: Bookkeeping Transactions & Bookkeeping Controls  

18:30-19:30 Level 3: Final Accounts Preparation/Advanced Bookkeeping

20:00-21:00 Level 4: Financial Statements of Limited Companies 

Tuesday 25th May - Management Accounting Day

09:30-10:15 – Time management

This session focuses on good time management, the benefits, and real-world practical methods to help prioritise workloads. We review common time robbers, real-life anti-procrastination strategies, and various time management approaches.

12:30-13:30 – What is it like to work in Management Accounting?

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in Management Accounting?  In this session, we find out from our panel of guests what it is like to work in industry, what a typical day is like, and the types of jobs you can get. If you are considering a career in management accounting, you might be interested in learning a little more about what management accountants actually do.

19:00-20:00 – How to get a distinction 

Want to take your pass to a distinction? Unsure how to improve your grade? Join our Head of AAT Distance Learning and Tutor Nick Craggs as he shares his top tips on how to improve your grade and get that distinction!

Revision sessions: 

17:30-18:30 – Level 4: Management Accounting: Budgeting 

18:00-18:30 Level 2: Elements of Costing 

18:30-19:00 – Level 3: Management Accounting Costing 

19:30-20:30 Level 4: Management Accounting: Decision & Control 

Wednesday 26th May - Communication and Technology

09:30-10:15 – Working remotely

This session considers some of the benefits of working remotely and gives practical and simple tips for working from home in the real world. We will cover core activities such as telephone techniques, online meetings, and ideas for sensible healthy remote working. The session concludes with an overview of some core challenges when working from home and how to overcome these.

12:30-13:30 – Everything you need to know about accounting in a digital world

For this session we have Mike Day from Xero discussing the changing role of the accountant and the impact of technology.

17:30-18:30 – Level 4: Dealing with narrative tasks

When students get to level 4 of their AAT studies they encounter for the first time “narrative tasks” which require them to type coherent, discursive answers to tasks rather than just filling in boxes or using drop-down menus. Students often have an initial fear of these tasks. This is generally because they are new, unfamiliar, and require some slightly different skills. Join our Head of AAT Distance Learning and Tutor Nick Craggs as he shares his top tips on how to succeed with narrative tasks!

18:00-19:00 – AATitude takeover student webinar

For one night only, AATitude will be taking over our weekly student forum! Our Chelmsford and Cambridge directors, David Malthouse and Ben Bullman will be sharing some FI study advice as well as doing a Q&A session for absolutely ANYTHING AAT related!!

Revision session:

19:00-20:00 – Level 3: Advanced Synoptic

Thursday 27th May - Study Tips and Synoptics

09:30-10:15 – The importance of enthusiasm and motivation in the workplace

This session discusses the importance of confidence & enthusiasm and the benefits to individuals increasing them. We will cover some practical and relevant tips for individuals to improve their confidence, enthusiasm and motivation.

12:30-13:30 – The role of data analytics in accountancy

Digitisation, automation, and Artificial Intelligence are revolutionising the way that financial transactions are recorded. They are also transforming the way that data can be interrogated, analysed, and presented to aid better business decision-making. In this session, Crystal Haygreen will be joined by an expert in this rapidly growing field!

17:30-18:30 – Revision techniques

Want to get the most out of your revision? Finding it hard to retain information? Join our Chelmsford Director and Tutor, Kelley O’Donovan as she shares her top tips on making information stick and how to revise effectively.

18:00-19:00 – Skills to succeed in Synoptics

Nervous about sitting your Synoptic? Want to know how to pass your Synoptic Assessment first time? Join our AAT Course Director and Tutor Crystal Haygreen as she will be sharing her top tips on how to pass these tricky papers!

Revision session:

19:00-20:00 – Level 4: Professional Synoptic Revision Session

Friday 28th May - Looking to the Future

09:30-10:15 – Life after AAT 

In this session, Ben Bullman will give AAT students an introduction to professional qualifications they can move on to after they complete AAT level 4.

12:30-13:30 – Everything you need to know about Quals22  

AAT is currently preparing its regular syllabus change to come into action in February 2022, moving over from AQ2016 to ‘Quals22’. We will discuss the main differences between AQ2016 and Quals22, transitioning to Quals22, and specific deadlines.  Plus the new themes (technology, communication, sustainability, and ethics) which will form the four key themes running throughout all AAT levels.  In this session, we will be joined by Zoe Smith from AAT.

17:00-18:00 – It’s quiz time! 

We are ending the week with an FI Quiz with exciting prizes to be won! Including FI Mugs and a much sort-after FI hoodie!  You’ve got to be in it to win it!

About the sessions:

Skills sessions – Monday to Thursday 09:30-10:15

Our skills sessions will cover the essential skills to help you think in a more focused and effective way and to ensure that personal productivity and satisfaction are enhanced.  These skill sessions are short, interactive and information-packed sessions.

These sessions focus on good communication, time management, working remotely, and the importance of enthusiasm and motivation in the workplace.

 

Career sessions – Monday to Friday 12:30-13:30

These sessions will include specialists from the accountancy sector and will take place in the form of a keynote speaker followed by a panel discussion.

 

Technical sessions – Monday to Friday from 17:00 onwards

Our team of highly experienced tutors have put together a range of technical sessions to help you succeed in your AAT assessments.  We have a variety of sessions from “skills to succeed in a synoptic” to “Dealing with level 4 narrative tasks”.

We are also holding specific Revision Sessions for individual units at levels 2, 3 and 4. These sessions will help you iron out technical issues with key syllabus areas in papers you have already been studying.  These sessions also give some much-needed motivation and structure to help you pass the assessment.

 

FAQ’s

Who is the AATitude Festival for? Anyone who is studying AAT or any other accountancy qualifications.

How to join – You can book your place by using the “Book Now” buttons above for each session you wish to join.

Dates –  Monday 24th May – Friday 28th May.  You can attend as few or as many of these sessions as you will find useful.

Cost – Free of charge.

Time – Various times – please see above for further details.

Where – Online via Zoom.

If you need any further information please contact aat@fi.co.uk

 

We are happy to announce that on 29th April 2021 we won the PQ Editor’s Special Award for our AATitude Festival 2020!

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