I just read your question, AiryFairy, and I was wondering if any of you knew the answer to this…
My boyfriend also has a degree in Accounting & Finance, but unfortunately he’s never had more than temporary jobs. The ideal would be to find a job where they can train him up for his ACCA, but the problem is he’s got a criminal record and a pretty severe one. It was only one conviction from 2006 for Possession of a Firearm with Intent to Cause Fear of Violence (I know it sounds really bad, but all that happened was, he was involved in a stupid road rage incident, guy chased him with a crow bar and he held a plastic toy gun up in self defence, which he just bought for his younger brother on the market). It was stupid and he probably should have reacted differently, but he did get scr*wed over in court, as they probably tried to make an example out of him.
Anyway, in 3 years time his conviction will be spent BUT under the Act of 1974 he will still have to declare it for any job applications within the finance industry. And even if not, they can do a standard or enhanced check and his spent conviction will still show up.
You read so much online about this, but it’s all in theory and I’m trying to find somewhere where they can give me practical and real advice. For instance, I know employers CAN do an enhanced CRB when hiring people in a financial position, but DO they do this all the time or do they sometimes not bother? How much importance do they attach to convictions that are not money-related? Even if they check or if they want candidates to declare it, how much of an impact does it actually have? Who can you contact at the companies themselves to ask about these things without shooting yourself in the foot?
I guess what I’m basically trying to ask is, should he write a career in accountancy off forever or is there still a change he can get into his chosen profession, even if only once the conviction is spent?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give. Sorry for the essay, btw.