Aamir studied AAT Level 2–3 fast-track and then AAT Level 4 before going on to study BSc Accounting and Finance at the University of Reading.
“I knew I wanted to do accounting and I needed to brush up more on my business and accounting skills.”
After looking into the AAT, Aamir realised that not only was it an industry recognised qualification but also a chance to get some work experience too. During his course, Aamir spent 37 hours at a small firm of chartered accountants and, after completing his work experience, was offered some work there as an Accounts Assistant.
Aamir also did a two-week internship in the Finance and Operations department at John Lewis’ head office in Bracknell.
“if I hadn’t done the course at Reading, I wouldn’t have known about it. It was really useful and I made some good friends. I got to try out Oracle software and use Google Cloud.
“It was a really good eye opener to see what working in a big firm is like because it’s a bit different to the small firm that I work for because we only have three people based there. If you’re looking for work experience, it’s better to go to college and get some experience in accounting, auditing and get more responsibility there. What’s also good about AAT is that because you have to do work experience, if you do decide to go to university afterwards, it puts you in a better standing compared to other students who don’t have any work experience.”
Aamir is pleased he chose to do the AAT at Reading College as its one of the only places in the area that lets you do Level 2 and 3 in one year. He was also impressed with the facilities and atmosphere of the campus, in particular the library which Aamir describes as modern, with a wealth of helpful books for business and accounting.
Studying AAT helped Aamir feel more prepared for his next step, starting a degree: “Doing AAT definitely helped me understand the work at university a lot better and it gave me a clearer idea of where I wanted to go next, because if I’d gone straight to university I probably wouldn’t have been so sure as to what I wanted to do afterwards.
“It gives you lots of options. You don’t have to specialise either because it covers management accounting, financial accounting such as making financial statements, taxation, ethics, and money laundering (which was my favourite). It’s a really good course to do.”
After university Aamir would like to become a chartered accountant and hopes to go into auditing.
When asked if he would recommend the course, Aamir says: “Absolutely. I would recommend doing the AAT fast-track course. I would also recommend joining clubs or societies and taking part in any activities. Try to explore the campus and make the most of all of the facilities such as the computer rooms. Try to take part in the college life as well, attend any fairs such as careers fairs.
“I’d definitely recommend Reading College, it’s good for someone who wants to get more experience or if they’re not sure what they want to do, it’s good to go to college after school.”