Becoming an Accountant at 40

The prospect of changing careers can be very daunting, especially if you have no prior experience in the industry you are looking to go into. It is not uncommon, however, for people to change careers multiple times throughout their lives, especially now that the business world is constantly changing and new job roles are being created.

You may think that you have no relevant skills if your current career is unrelated to accounting, however, some of the key skills needed by accountants include good communication skills, strong analytical skills, and relationship-building, which may be developed in a variety of industries. Our courses offer you the chance to upskill and enhance your career prospects.

A career in accounting and finance can be very fulfilling and offers many different options. Accounting skills are highly transferable and allow you to pursue a career in different areas including financial services, banking, IT, and even healthcare. Accounting is key to a company's success, which makes the job rewarding, leading to high levels of job satisfaction.

The work of an accountant is varied and is not just limited to figures. Accountants also ensure the company is compliant with government regulations. Accounting technicians usually work under the supervision of an accountant and it can be a good way to introduce you to a career in accounting.

Here at Accounting Technicians Ireland, we have flexible learning options, ensuring a smooth transition in your career change. Our part-time course is offered by many of our partner colleges and lectures usually take place twice weekly, in the evenings.

Our online course allows you to combine your learning with work and any other commitments you may have. You can study to become an accounting technician from the comfort of your own home. We have a variety of learning supports in place to ensure you still get the full learning experience.

Still not convinced? Have a read of Jo Collins’ Irish Times article where she discusses changing careers after working in one industry for 35 years!

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