Long story short, I was working full-time my last year of university and my father was very ill, both of which distracted me from my studies and I ended up with a high 2:2 when I graduated in 2008. Since then, I have been successful in the field I chose to go into (marketing - my degree is in communications), being promoted twice, but I’m not entirely happy with my career, and after a few months of research I’ve decided I’d like to move into accounting.
Obviously my degree has closed a lot of doors for me, and the fact that I’m American and don’t have any A-levels or GSCEs isn’t helping. I’m trying to figure out how to demonstrate to firms that I’m more competent than my “2:2, no A-levels or GSCEs” looks and get an ACA training contract.
I’ve been considering doing the ICAEW certificate in finance, accounting and business independently, which is just all six of the knowledge exams for ACA. I thought if I’ve passed one-third of the exams by myself it would show firms that I’m a good bet. However, I wouldn’t want to do this if it won’t help me get a training contract. Has anyone heard of anyone doing this? Does anyone have any suggestions for how I can prove my abilities?