My name is Briar and I am eighteen years old. I attend an AAT college course one day a week and spend the other four days working as a trainee accountant in a small practise.
Personally, I like that I have found my role is incredibly varied. I take care of a lot of the administrative tasks such as answering the phones, but I also do bookkeeping and other tasks more related to accountancy. Many jobs tend to be repetitive, but with my apprenticeship I have found this has not been the case.
I chose to do an apprenticeship as the idea of getting on the job training as well as attending a college course once a week, all the while earning a wage, appealed to me. I felt I would benefit more from gaining experience in the workplace rather than being just in a classroom.
I would recommend an apprenticeships if you are looking to gain workplace experience. When applying for jobs, you tend to need to have experience of the role, but then you need the job to be able to gain experience in the first place. An apprenticeship is a great way of gaining this experience and training.
This year I am going to be progressing to do my Level 3 AAT and then hopefully I will then be able to move on to the Level 4, after which I will be AAT qualified. This will open up to me many different opportunities.