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    Potentially looking for new job - advice wanted

    Work is basically about to properly muck me about (or more than usual, at least), or so I gather from my manager. Being the job it is, having a career in it probably isn't the best idea, as the cons far outweigh the pros IMO.

    So, I'm going to start looking at other jobs, now that I have a little financial back-up in case everything falls apart.

    I haven't been to uni, but did Maths and Further Maths at A-Level, and I would like to get a job that uses that still. Also, a job that I'm unlikely to get bored by just sitting around, and one which challenges my brain somehow would be good.

    Has anyone got any ideas? The main one I've been told by various sources is accountancy, although I thought uni was neccessary for that. I would rather not go to uni at this point in my life, I really don't think I'd gain much from it as I am.

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    Re: Potentially looking for new job - advice wanted

    You don't need to go to uni to be an accountant, it probably helps, but there are definitely courses that will let you do it without getting a degree. Not sure if it'll be a HND or whatever, but something like that.

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    Re: Potentially looking for new job - advice wanted

    Do you think accountancy is something that you're really interested in pursuing though?

    Finding jobs that explicitly entail mathmatics to A Level standard is actually pretty hard as I'm sure you have found. It doesn't mean they aren't there but I would almost say they are more likely to find you than you find them if you take my meaning.

    So it might be an idea to stick your CV on the various job sites highlighting these sorts of things and see if anyone bites, it's worked for me a couple of times in the past. I've given up real job hunting though and am teaching (maths) now.

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    My advice is get into engineering. As an employer, good staff are majorly thin on the ground.
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    Re: Potentially looking for new job - advice wanted

    Im studying accountancy at college 2 nights a week, AAT fondation to start with then hopefully levels 3 and 4.

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    Re: Potentially looking for new job - advice wanted

    AAT is a great starting point and given your maths background should be relatively easy to achieve if thats the direction you want to go in

    getting a teaching qualification is one of the best things i did, not only will it allow you to teach but it opens other doors too, a lot of medium to large firms will have training departments, you can freelance or do tutoring...no idea if this appeals to you at all but its a suggestion
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    Re: Potentially looking for new job - advice wanted

    Accountancy is one idea, you should be able to work your way through qualifications as you work with the aim of becoming fully qualified one day. From family experience I'd recommend a small to medium sized firm (big ones can be soul sucking and usually want degrees), but make sure they'll support you through the training.

    Anything with training on the job should keep your mind active as you'll be learning, an apprenticeship as 0iD suggests should be good for that.

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    Re: Potentially looking for new job - advice wanted

    If you want to use your further maths, your going to find it a lot easier if you do a degree.

    Myself, I would say an accountant is to Further Maths, what a porn star is to advanced neuroscience.

    I'd look at engineering as a wide category to start, there are often ways in which don't require a degree (thou again its much easier with one).
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    Re: Potentially looking for new job - advice wanted

    My wife is an accountant and loves it (and she's not nerdy or boring!).
    She did go to Uni but did geography there. When she left, and did some HR temp work etc, she then began a CIMA course to become a management accountant - it sounds quite interesting when she describes it to me, making decisions on lots of small companies that she manages financially, she's helped find investment for lots of media projects in the past (including once seeing the never produced Red Dwarf film script - i sooooo wanted her to do a copy but she never did!).

    I will warn you though that CIMA is incredibly hard, and from what i understand the majority do not complete the full 5 year course (and of course you have to remain in full time work to support yourself whilst doing it, and studying evening and weekends!). Some only complete the first few modules, however you get increments of autonomy and pay as you become more qualified.
    I wouldnt have the determination or discipline.
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