How to become an accounting technician: Damilare's story

Meet Damilare, 21, from London and find out more about life as an accountancy apprentice at Hays. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I love my job because I'm surrounded by people who constantly support me.

  • When Damilare dropped out of university he wasn't sure of his next steps
  • One of his friends was doing an apprenticeship and he thought the combination of learning and working would be best for him
  • When researching his options online, he found Leadership Through Sport and Business – it's a charity that gives ambitious young people who face disadvantages access to careers in accounting and finance.

Damilare's career path

What to expect if you want to be an accounting technician

  • Accounting technician salary: £18,000 to £30,000 per year
  • Accounting technician working hours: Average 35 to 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be an accounting technician?

  • Typical entry requirements: There are no set entry requirements, but you'll usually need up to 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including Maths and English. A-levels or equivalent in Business Studies, Maths or Economics, and work experience in accounts or finance may also be helpful. You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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