Resources for Schools

At First Intuition, we believe passionately in inspiring young people to investigate the world of accountancy. Whilst not everyone will eventually decide that this is the career path for them, we want to give young people the experience and resources to make this decision. At the same time, we also believe in sharing our expertise on finding a role, creating a great CV, and being interview-ready with any school leaver, regardless of their chosen career path.

We have a range of resources across our website that give great advice and guidance on not only how to train to become an accountant but also how to apply and interview for roles and prepare for the world of work.  As part of our work with local schools, we have pulled all these resources into this page to make it easier to access them.

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Resources for Schools

At First Intuition, we believe passionately in inspiring young people to investigate the world of accountancy. Whilst not everyone will eventually decide that this is the career path for them, we want to give young people the experience and resources to make this decision. At the same time, we also believe in sharing our expertise on finding a role, creating a great CV, and being interview-ready with any school leaver, regardless of their chosen career path.

We have a range of resources across our website that give great advice and guidance on not only how to train to become an accountant but also how to apply and interview for roles and prepare for the world of work.  As part of our work with local schools, we have pulled all these resources into this page to make it easier to access them.

Resources for Schools

Across our website, we have a range of resources for schools that aim to help young people find their way in the world of work and accountancy. To help make these resources easier to find this page combines them all into one place. We have resources covering how to get started in accountancy and the opportunities we offer school students wishing to find out more. However, we have also shared our experiences of finding and applying for roles, as well as preparing for interviews and work.

Accountancy Academy

Every year we host our Accountancy Academy. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Accountancy Academy had always taken place over two days in our centre. However, with social distancing and lockdown requirements, our events for 2020 and 2021 took the form of virtual weekly webinars.

Our Accountancy Academy is free to attend and whilst it is generally aimed at those in years 11- 13, we have been joined by college and university graduates and those with a general interest in starting work in our industry. You can read more about our virtual academy in this article.

Whilst we feel our Accountancy Academy is beneficial to anyone wishing to make up their mind on whether a career in accountancy is suitable for them, it’s always great to hear about previous attendees who are now working in our industry. Even more satisfying is the feedback we receive from these individuals who all believe our academy was instrumental in helping them to decide on their career path and find a role. Many of these former attendees are now studying with us at one of our centres across our network. Our academy is divided into different sections but we always cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Accountancy
  • Accountancy Taster
  • The Skills needed as an Accountant
  • CV preparation and Interview Skills
  • Employer Q&A forum

We are still finalising our plans for our 2022 Accountancy Academy but for more information and to register your interest, please contact shellytweed@fi.co.uk.

Employability Skills

Employability SkillsIn light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we noted that many young people were not getting access to the usual careers advice and had gaps in their work experience due to the lack of part-time work and wider life experiences.  Our employability skills article covers how to find the right career path, through to the first day of work. Our team have shared their experiences, consulted with industry experts, and drawn on the best external resources we could find to provide an in-depth guide on how to get started in the world of work.

 

 

You can access the full resources here.

The following links will take you directly to areas of interest.

FINDING THE RIGHT CAREER PATH

JOB APPLICATIONS

PREPARING FOR INTERVIEWS

BEFORE YOU START THE ROLE

STARTING THE ROLE

Careers and Schools Events

resources for schoolsWe regularly attend careers events organised by local schools, colleges, and industry professionals. At these events, we talk to students, often accompanied by their parents about the opportunities within and routes into accountancy. We provide information that helps young people to decide whether to pursue their career path via further education or through an apprenticeship. You can download our guide here.

In addition to supporting careers events, we have also joined individual local schools to help with specific workshops. These have included carrying out mock-interviews, assembly presentations, and skills workshops.

If your school or organisation would be interested in us attending one of your events, then please contact shellytweed@fi.co.uk.

Working with local employers

As well as our Accountancy Academy Employer Forum, we are in regular contact with local employers. We host a range of employer forums that, amongst other topics, also look at the challenges of recruitment, particularly post COVID19. Many of our local employers ask us to help with the recruitment of their apprentices. If you’re looking for a local role within accountancy, then please do send your CV to rebeccawhite@fi.co.uk.

Additional Articles

We have a number of articles on our FI Hub that are useful resources for schools and those looking to get started in our industry. These include:

Careers in accountancy and finance – this article contains videos with topics similar to the sessions we run for our Accountancy Academy.

Accountancy Careers. Where do I start – An in-depth look at the types of roles and paths into accountancy.

Life after school or university– A look at where an accountancy qualification could lead.

Looking for your first job in accountancy – A look at where to get help finding your first job and the resources available.

Useful Links

The industry bodies we work with also have lots of resources on their websites that provide useful information for those looking to get started in our industry. You can use the links below to access these:

AAT 

ACCA 

CIMA

ICAEW

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