Although no company would officially state it, I’m very anxious that there is a strong bias for ‘fresh’ graduates for ACA training contracts…
A little about myself, or my ‘pros’:
*Oxford graduate, with a strong 2:1.
*3 A’s at A-level.
*Fully trilingual in English, Japanese and French.
*Qualified teacher (taught A-level Japanese and French), so communication skills, making the complex accessible etc.
*Several years’ experience working for large Japanese corporation on contract negotiation, strategy and compliance (often working together with in-house accountants).
*Strong numeracy skills (passed the Kenexa online tests for Grant Thornton and Kingston Smith).
What, I fear, is the main ‘con’: I just turned 33.
Just got rejected after an Assessment Day at Kingston Smith which I thought went very well. They haven’t given me feedback yet, but the only thing I can think of is my age (the other candidates were much more recent graduates).
I’m in a stable commercial job currently (above Japanese company), but have hit a major ceiling, and am now committed to pursuing the ACA.
Am preparing to really apply hard for the post-September cycle.
I’d appreciate any advice/opinions on age as it applies to ACA contracts. Thank you.