Although I had a background in business studies which included some elements of finance I realised that I needed more formal training in accounts and finance to match the needs of my job at the time. It was quite a big leap to start on the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) programme so I decided to try some of the 10 week short courses offered by Hull College. These had the advantage of letting me get back into studying after a break and also giving me nationally recognised qualifications.
In 2013/14 I decided to enrol on the C&GLI Award in Basic Book-keeping which gave me an introduction to manual book-keeping including the use of the cash book and double entry book-keeping. I was successful in the exam and this gave me confidence to continue.
In the same year I then enrolled for the C&GLI Computerised Accounts Stage 1 and 2. These were taught by means of a case study and assumed no knowledge of the programme. My tutor, Lesley, provided support to all the students in the class and helped give confidence in our ability to all of us. By taking both the manual and computerised courses I felt that I benefited by understanding the background to the computerised system as well as how to operate it.
I then decided to move on to the AAT Level 2 qualification. I was given information and guidance by Alan, the course co-ordinator before I started so I was fully aware of what was involved in the course and the full costs. The course was delivered at suitable pace and learning was a mixture of individual and group work leading to the unit exams.
Next I completed my Level 3 qualification which entitles me to be a classed as a Qualified Bookkeeper and if I wish be eligible for the post-nominal letters of AATQB. This qualification will also give me professional indemnity if I choose to be self-employed.
I am now employed by a local firm of accountants, Try Lunn and Co, and completing my Level 4 qualification with Karen which will lead to full membership of the AAT.