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I am a chemistry masters grad currently working in science research (24-year old male in the UK, with 2 years of expereince working in pharma/research, nothing accounting relarted…). However, I am a bit bored of what I am doing and is considering a career change. WIll doing ACCA (part-time at night) and achieving the affiliate status help me break into the accounting industry, considering my lack of internships, experience etc?
I know that many of you might suggest that it is not worth it, but I am quite determined to take a new challenge in my life, regardless, please give some advice.
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Well, It’s really hard to say whether ACCA will help changing your career…..sometimes you need good luck. If your company can provide some internal opportunity to staffs, it might be easy for you to move your role within the company, but I know not all companies are this open to staffs.
It was taking me about 2 years to find an accounting related job initially. (By the way, finance job doesn’t pay better comparing sales and marketing. I have seen some colleagues earn much higher than working in finance with the similar working years or even less…) How many years are you aiming to be qualified? part time study at night is hard while you are having a day job( don’t ask me how I know it…
Do you want to work in practice or industry? How quickly do you think you can get an accounting job after qualified or during your study? you might get your first accounting job salary which is even lower than what you current earn…..
if you are good at math and analytical work, Have you heard CFA?
Anyway, if you are determined to do ACCA, why care about other opinions? forget above!