Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A-Levels Are Not the Only Way to a Great Career; Advertising Feature Have You Considered Taking the Vocational Route to White-Collar Professions, Such as Those Offered by the Association of Accounting Technicians?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A-Levels Are Not the Only Way to a Great Career; Advertising Feature Have You Considered Taking the Vocational Route to White-Collar Professions, Such as Those Offered by the Association of Accounting Technicians?

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EORGINA PLUCK was once in your position. After getting her GCSE results, she started studying A-levels in English and law.

GHowever, after six months she realised this was not for her. So she didn't get to celebrate or commiserate with her friends on A-level results day she had already left her course.

Pluck, who is now 27, opted for a more vocational route. Like growing numbers of the Vocation Generation, she realised that there was more than one way to a successful career.

After leaving her A-level courses, Pluck, from Billericay, Essex, found her first full-time office junior position in a small IT company in Shoreditch, where she started to raise invoices for customers and payments for suppliers. She decided that she liked these financial elements of her role, and phoned her local Havering College. Within no time at all, she had enrolled on the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting, which she studied two evenings a week while still working full-time in London.

Pluck says: "My dad was concerned that I hadn't completed any A-levels, and recommended I get in touch with the local college to discuss getting a professional qualification.

"The first year was a whirlwind. It was overwhelming at times, but I got a lot of support from my tutors. In the second year, it all started clicking into place. I used to get into work at six in the morning, and the senior accountant would spend two hours with me, helping me prepare for my exams."

Having completed both AAT Levels 2 and 3, Pluck moved on to a job in the accounts department of a milling company in Brentwood, while studying for the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting. She worked up to hold a position on the board of global solutions provider Canute Group, where she was involved in most major financial decisions taken by the company. She now works as a finance manager for FTSE 100 professional services firm Intertek, and is also part of Future FDs, a group of young finance professionals in Essex who meet to share ideas.

Her story proves that you don't have to follow an academic route to become a success. …

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