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AAT Course Sets Julie On Her Way
Former Lancaster & Morecambe College student Julie Knowles has successfully gained AATQB status early this year after challenging period during which she became a mother for the second time, and admirably juggled work and studies. The reward was worth it, and now she shares her story in the hope of inspiring and motivating others who are considering a career in accounting...
Julie with the AAT President Vernon Anderson during the AAT Achievement Ceremony.
Julie, in her own words, explained, “Early in 2016, I was on my way to giving birth to my second child, James, when I felt the need to improve myself. I had finished a degree in accountancy in the Philippines; but, when I moved to the UK, I couldn't get a job in this field. So, I decided to pursue an accounting/finance career in England by choosing to study an AAT course. It wasn't easy to start with, with a new born baby and the need to earn to be able to send allowance to my daughter in the Philippines. But I convinced my husband, Keith, to allow me to go to college and study Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting and support me with this goal. I also worked as a bank carer then.
Fast-forward to 2018: I have finished my Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting with distinction and one exam to tackle to complete my Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting. I hope to finish it with Distinction, too. Work-wise, I have been blessed with a teaching position at my local college, Lancaster & Morecambe College. I taught Level 2 Business and Accounting side-by-side with my level 3 studies. I have also been offered to study to qualify as an assessor for the college. However, last July, I started a full time job as an Accounts and Administrative Assistant for one of the leading coffee and tea retailers in the country.
In 2016, I felt really sad that my applications for an accounting job were always ignored by companies. The rejection was my main motivation to work hard and study from scratch here in England. I persevered and I may not have fully achieved my goal yet but I know I am getting closer to it every day. I am very proud to have gained AATQB status last May, 2018. My story is a testament to the power of determination, perseverance and willingness to put in the required effort. I hope my AAT journey will inspire other people, especially mothers and specifically Filipina mothers like me, that there is nothing unachievable in life if we love what we are doing and are focused to reach for our dreams. I dreamed, I believed, I survived.”
Julie added a personal note of appreciation to her tutor Kathryn Mullen: “I will take this chance to thank you for being a great tutor. Your help and motivation has brought me where I am now.”
Are you inspired by Julie’s story? As an accountant, you could work in business, finance, government, education, health care, the not-for-profit sector…the possibilities are endless! So, if you’re ambitious, analytical and good with numbers, find out about AAT courses at Lancaster & Morecambe College.
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