Having finished my AAT level 4 in the Summer I had lots of options about which way to take my career. After careful consideration I decided to enrol on a CIMA (chartered institute of management accountants) course, as I felt this left lots of options open to me for the future. I really enjoy the management accounting side of my job, such as installing systems and analysing data, so it seemed the obvious choice. There is an added bonus that CIMA is now a global qualification too – so it enables me to act as a qualified accountant anywhere in the world!
The CIMA syllabus has recently changed, meaning I will need to sit 3 exams for my ‘operational’ level at any point in the year and then sit a case study encompassing the knowledge from the entire year at a choice of 4 set times throughout the year. I then have a further 2 levels to complete beyond this. It will all take around 3-4 years – the deadline is 10 years and I hope I don’t end up cutting it fine with that!
I’ve decided to challenge CIMA one exam at a time, completing P1 first – which is all about costing, variances and inefficiencies. The further exams are about financial accounting and also exploring the other functions of a business and management of these. There was much excitement when my books arrived!
The AAT has really set me up with a great base knowledge and I am looking forward to getting stuck in to my new qualification and learning! If you are contemplating studying CIMA, check out their website here: CIMA.com
Evie is an Apprentice Ambassador and goes into schools and advising employers on the benefits of apprenticeships. In 2016 she hosted a large employers Apprentice Event for the National Apprenticeship Service at York Racecourse.