Law and accountancy posters - mumsnetters campaign?

(17 Posts)
staticlunge Thu 21-Mar-13 22:56:22

Please ignore me I'm full of man flu and peed off with working full time, trying to study and juggle three DS this week.

Accountancy is not as boring a most people think. I love my job, and enjoy the study. Apparently, financially it will all be worth it in the end as well.

tigerdriverII Thu 21-Mar-13 22:41:30

Do come back OP: if you're new here then you might be surprised how spirited the reactions are!

thinkfast Thu 21-Mar-13 22:36:05

You're right! Op come back and explain what you meant

CardinalRichelieu Thu 21-Mar-13 22:33:10

Oh I feel a bit mean now that we're shitting on OP's idea. But seriously, law is almost impossible. The conversion course costs 9k, and then another 13 - 16k for the solicitor/barrister training stage.

staticlunge Thu 21-Mar-13 22:24:40

I am currently studying ACCA. This requires a minimum of fourteen exams, and 36 months of relevant work experience, if you can get it.


At around £700 per exam its hardly accessible for all. I'm five papers in and wondering is it worth it, no longer feel I'm cut out for accountancy angry

thinkfast Thu 21-Mar-13 22:19:17

No idea what op is on about. Am I reading it right? Op is suggesting that mumsnet sponsor a campaign of adverts to be displayed in church halls advising that people who have had career breaks re-train as lawyers and accountants because they are easy to get into?

Wish I'd known how easy it was to become a lawyer when I trained in my 20s at a time in my life when I had no real responsibilities how easy it would be! Was I doing it wrong?

Oh and people who have time to spare in church halls reading posters are EXACTLY the type the big firms want to recruit. I can just picture the interview now "so why did you decide to re-train at this stage in your life?"...

Is this a wind up?

fuzzywuzzy Thu 21-Mar-13 22:18:05

there's no way anyoen is going to get ICAEW CIMA without actual work experience, the final part is based on actual work based experience, three years worth.

tigerdriverII Thu 21-Mar-13 22:14:23

You sound like a pal of mine who asked me which is the easiest area of law to get into because she fancied being a lawyer but didn't want to do anything vaguely difficult. Answer: none , if you're going to be a decent lawyer. Answer in RL from me wimping out: you should do what really interests you. Fortunately she's considering other options now, maybe accountancy, who knows.

difficultpickle Thu 21-Mar-13 22:14:01

Law is the last profession I'd recommend at the moment. The legal press is full of training contracts being cancelled, salaries cut, redundancies etc etc. I've been practising for over 20 years and I have never seen it as bad as it is now. It is pretty difficult to even get a training contract unless you have contacts. A stellar CV is par for the course these days.

CardinalRichelieu Thu 21-Mar-13 22:12:06

To be fair no job is safe at the moment.

CardinalRichelieu Thu 21-Mar-13 22:11:36

Accountancy is better than law I think. Law is not open access. It can be incredibly elitist and almost impossible to break into now if your CV is not 'perfect', ie 100% conventional, first or 2.1 from rg or Oxbridge uni, relevant work experience. Once in the hours are long in private practice.

Gigondas Thu 21-Mar-13 22:11:31

And with economy as it is accountancy not safe either.

PessimisticMissPiggy Thu 21-Mar-13 22:11:05

Both are pretty prohibitively expensive to get into!

You can't do the higher accountancy qualifications without practice based experience.

Gigondas Thu 21-Mar-13 22:10:50

Am an accountant and am laughing at this- it took me a 3 year degree and 4 years of exams and work to qualify. It is not something that I would say was open access when talking about specialist chartered status and is very un family friendly when training.

iheartdusty Thu 21-Mar-13 22:08:10

"Maybe other mumsnetters would know better."

yeah, maybe.

Chubfuddler Thu 21-Mar-13 22:03:48

Sorry what? Law is one of the most difficult professions to break into and with the government's current tinkering there are likely to be legions of redundant lawyers. I wouldn't recommend anyone becomes a lawyer right now.
And back to the open access thing again - seriously?

vcleese Thu 21-Mar-13 22:00:08

I thought mumsnetters may want to stick up law and accountancy posters - for people who want a new start.

Law and accountancy are pretty open access - there could be posters in churches, community halls, halls of residences...

Law is probably the most prestigious... I think the University Of London offers law as a distance learning course as well as the OU. There may be others. Accountancy, there are a number of awarding institutes - icaew/ica, icas, acca, aat. cima, cipfa, aia - not sure of the relative merits or virtues of these and their various different courses...

Maybe other mumsnetters would know better.

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