How much do you really know about AAT?
Whether you’re just starting out in accountancy, or you’re looking to move up the ladder in finance and find your next role, an AAT qualification could be the perfect way to move forward in your career and increase your salary. Still not sure whether it’s right for you?
We spoke to the experts at Future Connect, to find their top five reasons you should start learning AAT today:
Because it’s the industry leader for accountants
AAT, otherwise known as the Association of Accounting Technicians, is the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for vocational accountants.
In fact, they award around 90% of all vocational qualifications in accounting, officially making them the industry standard for proficiency in the profession.
Because the qualifications they offer are internationally recognised, companies such as Sainsbury’s, P&G, Morgan Stanley, the Ministry of Defence and many more continue to hire AAT professionals for their expert knowledge in the field.
They also happen to be sponsored by professional accounting bodies CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA and ICAS, showing that just about anyone who’s anyone in accounting knows it doesn’t get better than AAT.
Because it’s flexible
No matter what your schedule looks like or what level you’re at, anyone can study AAT.
With online, classroom, and blended learning options, AAT can be tailored to the study method that suits you – whether you want to study full-time, or fit your qualification around work or other commitments.
What’s more, you won’t need any previous experience to start studying.
The AAT Level 2 Qualification is perfect for beginners, while the AAT Level 3 and AAT Level 4 qualifications enable more experienced accounting professionals to develop their skills and progress in their careers.
Because you’ll gain practical work-based skills
AAT isn’t just about gaining knowledge, it also teaches you how to apply it in the real world.
Future Connect’s FutureFit AAT Program in particular places a strong emphasis on developing real-world skills alongside the theoretical knowledge of AAT courses. Here’s what each level covers:
- The AAT Level 2 Qualification provides a comprehensive introduction to the finance field.
- The AAT Level 3 Qualification focuses on topics such as financial statement preparation, the significance of management accounting information, and the preparation of VAT returns.
- The AAT Level 4 Qualification serves as a solid foundation for pursuing careers in accounting or continuing studies in chartered accountancy.
Through hands-on training offered at all levels, you’ll gain practical experience in key areas of accountancy, enabling you to apply your learning to real-life scenarios.
Because it’ll enhance your career opportunities
AAT provides a pathway to various accounting and finance roles, such as accounts assistant, bookkeeper, payroll administrator, and finance officer.
The industry leading qualification demonstrates your competence and knowledge in these areas, increasing your chances of securing a job or advancing in your current role. Basically, the more you study, the higher you’ll be able to progress in your career.
And to help ensure you’re job ready, Future Connect provides extensive recruitment support to all of their students, including assistance with crafting professional CVs, guidance on interview techniques, and access to their extensive network of industry contacts.
Because you could earn up to £50,000
The number one reason you should be considering an AAT qualification right now comes down to your earnings.
Even entry-level AAT certified professionals, such as Junior Administrators, can command salaries of almost £20,000. However, once you’re fully qualified, your potential salary could rise to an impressive £47,500 – well above the industry average.
And if you’re wondering what your colleagues are earning, research from Hays Accountancy and Finance found that achieving the full AAT Accounting Qualification can boost earnings by 51% more than unqualified colleagues, proving that careers in accounting really can pay off.
Why study with Future Connect?
Future Connect offers a range of top-quality training programs and AAT qualifications, aiming to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and practical aspects of accounting jobs.
With an outstanding track record for making successful accounting job placements – they focus on not only providing their students with real-world accountancy skills, but also helping them to get hired after they’ve completed their studies.
Here are a few more reasons to study with Future Connect:
- Learn from real-life client scenarios and diverse training portfolio comprising on range of business sectors
- Get job ready with their dedicated recruitment guidance and job placement opportunities
- Gain access to fully qualified trainers who’ll provide constructive feedback and guide you through your studies
- Get MAAT (Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians) Application Support to help you open your own accountancy practice
Want to learn more about how an AAT qualification could change your career? Enquire now.