Can you tell us a little about your background and why you chose to study accountancy?
When I was going through school and starting to consider my future and career, the main thing that stood out to me was I liked numbers. Maths was my favourite subject, so I knew something numerical would be the right thing for me. I chose accountancy more specifically as I wanted to be a part of something bigger – I wanted to contribute to individuals and businesses and know that my work had an impact on decisions. I always liked the idea of being able to see the ‘real life’ implications of working with the numbers.
What made you choose to do an apprenticeship over the alternative routes?
I decided early on that university wasn’t for me – for many reasons. It didn’t appeal to me and I felt strongly about it. Thankfully, accountancy was a career that I could go for without university. I loved the idea of working while I was learning – I wanted to be able to hear from and work with people in the industry to build up my skills and knowledge as a well rounded professional.
Could you tell us about your experience as an ACCA apprentice?
It has been brilliant. From a studying perspective, I have learned the rules and regulations to progress in my career. From a working perspective, I’ve learned many of the soft skills required to be able to apply the knowledge I’ve gained to the daily situations I face.
How have you found studying as an ACCA apprentice with First Intuition Maidstone in Kent?
FI Maidstone has been great to study with – the tutors, courses and materials provided are excellent and cover absolutely everything. The tutors especially are fantastic. They are contactable with any queries to help solidify knowledge on the courses, and they help give students the platform to pass exams.
Now that you are near the end of your accountancy apprenticeship, what would you say to someone just starting?
The study isn’t easy, it takes determination and commitment. That said, it is very achievable. First Intuition provides you with all the tools you need to progress through the qualifications. Working in accountancy is a great career to enter. It provides so many options to learn soft skills, as well as being part of something bigger!