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Hi Newbie here

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Synbios, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Synbios

    Synbios New Member


    My name is Chris and I have something of a predicament.

    I'm a 24 year old qualified Accounts and Tax Technician and have worked in Accountancy practice for nearly 5 years now. I'm not a graduate. I've become very disillusioned with Accountancy, I have no passion at all for my job or subject and it is taking serious will power not to hand in my notice each day that passes! :biggrin

    So I'm after an IT career - not for the money, chasing ££'s is the mistake which led me into Accountancy. But because I think it's something I'd really enjoy.

    Naturally I have no experience. I have developed pretty handy Excel VBA skills and am thinking of using these combined with my Accountancy background to build simple, but powerful finance systems for small businesses as a Freelancer. At the same time I would be self studying MCDST and implementing my newer skills into my service. So my business grows with my IT skills.

    Is this utterly unrealistic? I'm really desperate to leave my current job so it might be warping my sense of reality and leading me to rash decisions :biggrin

    I''d really appreciate some grounded advice from people who know this industry - better still those who are career changers such as myself!


  2. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Welcome to CF:D

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  3. Kopite_21

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  4. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    Not a career changer so can't help you there. Why not set your business up in your spare time, it will give you a chance to figure out if it has legs at low risk ?

    If you are thinking of VBA style work that's normally closer to programming than desktop support, so the MCDST may not be the most useful qualification. I think a lot of the MCDST is to do with supporting Windows in larger companies.

    There is certainly a lot of people writing accountancy style software and making good money. If fact some of the oldest applications were payroll applications.
  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    I wouldn't recommend leaving your current job until you have something stable under your feet. Like D says, you can do it in your spare time to see if you like it and whether you can make money at it.

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