Changing career

It's never too late

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

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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 career in finance?

Changing careers isn't as rare as it used to be. With thousands of people 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.

The challenge of learning entirely new skills and launching into a new career can be a transformative experience – both personally and professionally. And with solid experience in accountancy and a recognised qualification, your skills will always be in demand.

Beat the challenges of returning to work

Going back to the workplace after a period away 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 plenty of support.

  • Our qualifications are designed to be flexible so they work around your other commitments. You can study part-time or full-time, in a classroom, online or through blended learning. See all the study options available to you.
  • We work with plenty of adult learners looking to change career and offer lots of help to make the journey as smooth as possible.

Financing your career change

You may be entitled to funding to help finance your studies, depending 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, many training providers offer easy payment options, including monthly payment plans. For more information use our Find a training provider service.

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

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