Changing career

It's never too late

Want to retrain in finance but don't know where to start?

Where to start

Always been good with numbers and want to move into finance? Regardless of your age or employment history, it’s never too late to start. In fact, over half of the people who get in touch about our qualifications have never worked in the finance sector before.

Why change to a finance career?

Changing careers isn't as rare as it used to be. The average person will make a career change anything from five to seven times in their lifetime.

With many thousands changing careers every year, employers are much more open to hiring staff from a wide range of work backgrounds: in fact, it can bring many advantages. Whatever job role you’re changing from, you bring with you skills and experience that can offer fresh insights and perspective, even if unrelated to your new profession.

You may have taken your current career as far as it can go or just lost enthusiasm for it. The challenge of learning entirely new skills and launching into a new career can be a transformative experience – personally and professionally.

I was a director of my family's printing business, though I never wanted to be. When I had my son I decided not to return but venture out on my own. I've never looked back. AAT enabled me to start up my own bookkeeping company, which grew into an accounting practice.
Samantha Hannigan FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant

Beat the challenges of returning to work

If you’ve had a period away from the workplace, going back can be daunting, especially if you’re trying something new. We make starting your career in finance as easy as possible by offering flexible qualifications that fit into your life, and lots of help and support.

  • All our courses are designed to be flexible to work around your other commitments. You can study part-time or full-time, in a classroom or from home through distance learning.
  • We’ve worked with plenty of adult learners looking to change career, so we know the questions you're likely to ask. We offer lots of help and support to help make the journey as smooth as possible.

Financing your career change

Depending on your personal circumstances you may be entitled to funding to help finance your studies. This will depend on your age, circumstances and where you live. Check out our UK funding page for more information, or speak to your local funding agency if you're outside the UK.

To help manage the cost, training providers may offer easy payment options, including monthly payment plans. For more information about different study options and costs, use our Find a training provider search.

Returning to accountancy

Returning to your career can be a daunting prospect – but an exciting one. You might be coming back to accountancy after a period of unemployment, a career break, illness or parental leave.

But with solid experience in accountancy and a recognised accounting qualification, your skills will always be in demand. While shifting your career direction away from accounting and trying to come back isn’t easy, if you’re determined enough, there’s always a route back in.

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