Why should you attend our Accountancy Academy?

Every year, school students, usually aged between 16 and 18, join our local accountancy academy. For us, this provides an opportunity to share the reasons why our industry is such a great career path for anyone with an interest in this field. We provide information on routes into the industry, set practical tasks to get our attendees thinking like an accountant, and then offer advice on finding roles and preparing for interviews. We finish off with an employer Q&A forum, where our attendees get to meet some of our clients and ask any questions they may have. This annual event is one that the whole team enjoys putting together and delivering but what do our attendees think and how does it help them shape their future?

Accountancy Academy

Why should you attend our Accountancy Academy?

Every year, school students, usually aged between 16 and 18, join our local accountancy academy. For us, this provides an opportunity to share the reasons why our industry is such a great career path for anyone with an interest in this field. We provide information on routes into the industry, set practical tasks to get our attendees thinking like an accountant, and then offer advice on finding roles and preparing for interviews. We finish off with an employer Q&A forum, where our attendees get to meet some of our clients and ask any questions they may have. This annual event is one that the whole team enjoys putting together and delivering but what do our attendees think and how does it help them shape their future?

Accountancy Academy – what we cover

The aim of the Accountancy Academy is to help anyone, who is sure or unsure, to make up their minds about whether a career in our industry is right for them. Whilst some students have a very clear idea about the career they would like to pursue, there are equally many who are confused. The Accountancy Academy gives the attendees a chance to explore the industry in a little more detail and decide whether it could be a suitable path for them. Many of our attendees go on to study accountancy either at university or as part of an apprenticeship. Some attendees decide that this is not the right career for them. In our opinion, both groups, therefore, benefit from the experience. The topics we cover within the Accountancy Academy are as follows:

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

Format of our Accountancy Academy

Traditionally we have always held our Accountancy Academy in our centre. Taking place over two days, our tutors have led the group through the practical tasks, discussions, mock interviews and then chaired the employer Q&A forum. We were reluctant to abandon our accountancy academy during the COVID-19 pandemic and took the decision to reformat the content into weekly virtual workshops. These 90-minute sessions saw over 600 students register their interest with over 200 attending some of the sessions live. We kept to the original ‘in-centre’ format as much as possible and tried to make each session as interactive as possible by using the chatbox and polls facilities. We also managed to run the usual employer Q&A forum and we were delighted with the response to this from both the employers and students.

What do attendees think of our accountancy academy?

We are always pleased to receive feedback from attendees about their experience of joining us for this event. We also keep in touch with students as they search for work and university places, offering more help and advice if they need it.

Here’s what some of our previous attendees have said about the impact it had on their decision making:

“The accounting academy reassured me that accounting was the pathway within finance that I wanted to pursue. I am currently in the last year of my A levels so I have been looking at both university and apprenticeships”.

“I wasn’t sure whether I wanted a career in accountancy before finishing A-Levels and although I’m not doing accountancy now it definitely opened my mind up to what being an accountant entails the qualifications available, and the structure they take. Even the CV feedback session and the team building tasks I found were really useful for interviews and assessment centers when applying for apprenticeships. Summer school is really good for anyone unsure of what career path they want to pursue and to get experience for what applying for apprenticeships is like.”

“The accountancy academy did help me make up my mind as I really enjoyed the time I spent there. I even study with FI now in Euston and sat one of my exams in Chelmsford”.

“I would recommend this course to others that are curious about a career in accountancy as it provides clear, realistic advice concerning what work you are likely to come across. I feel that the course provides much more than other many vague conversations around this topic by providing hands-on experience and allowing you to complete tasks in order to assess whether you may find such a career enjoyable”.

Where are they now?

By keeping in touch with our previous attendees, we are able to see the impact it has had on them. One of the former attendees is now studying at our London centre and we also have three current apprentices who all attended our academy in the past few years.  We caught up recently with one attendee who had this to say:

“After summer school I went and got myself an accounting apprenticeship, since then I have been in practice for over 2 years now and am mid-way through my AAT level 4 in my second job. Without going to this summer school I wouldn’t have even known about accounting apprenticeships and probably would have wasted my time in Uni studying. I am now nearly 19 with 2 years + accounting experience”. 

We also know that many of those who joined us both in-centre and online have gone on to study accountancy-related subjects at university and are hoping to secure a level 7 apprenticeship when they finish. We spoke to one of our current apprentices who attended our Accountancy Academy a few years ago.

“I am currently working in an accountancy firm in the audit and accounts department after completing my level four apprenticeship and gaining my certificate in finance, accounting, and business under the ICAEW. I am also now studying on a level 7 apprenticeship towards the ACA qualification”.

Join us next time

We are busy planning our 2022 Accountancy Academy and are very much hoping this will take place in our centre.

If you’d like to register your interest. Please contact shellytweed@fi.co.uk.

Useful Documents and Links

Articles on careers in accountancy

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.

Accountancy awarding bodies

AAT

ACCA

CIMA

ICAEW

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