Joining Leyton as a graduate is arguably a very dynamic experience. The opportunities to learn and develop are countless and more so when you are offered the chance to complete a relevant professional qualification.
In the case of tax consultants here at Leyton UK, the most immediately applicable one is the ATT professional qualification, offered by the Association of Taxation Technicians. To be eligible for ATT membership, there are six examinations in total any candidate needs to pass, three computer-based and three written ones. In addition to this, any candidate must have at least two years of practical work experience in any UK tax-related environment. When faced with making a decision whether to embark on this ATT qualification journey, I jumped at the opportunity because obtaining this qualification would have allowed me to specialise in UK taxation and build upon the finance knowledge developed at university. At the beginning, a tax-related qualification did not seem too daunting as I thought that having completed a degree in Business Management, a professional qualification would be the normal next step. However, this turned out to be more challenging than expected.
In terms of the written examinations, these can only be taken twice a year, in May and November respectively, therefore there is plenty of time in between two sittings to prepare thoroughly and enjoy breaks as well. However, as the online examinations can be sat virtually anytime (a booking needs to be done beforehand but timeslots are available every day), it would be good to try to fit them in between two papers or during a quieter time at work. Overall, what I learned from my teachers at college and work colleagues is that the key to success is practice and exam technique than anything else – memorising material in the study manuals or learning by heart previous questions is definitely not going to guarantee success with ATT at least, but practising past exam papers and reading chapter summaries as often as possible! As such, if I had to give one word of advice to anyone interested in starting their ATT qualification, I would probably suggest getting ready to put in some long hours to succeed, I cannot stress how important consistency is!
What did help a lot was the study support Leyton offered throughout this process. Attending in-class or online taught courses and getting study leave days to prepare before actual exams all form part of the support package. Also, working alongside professionals who have already successfully completed professional qualifications such as ATT, ACA and ACCA, is of massive help because they are happy to provide their advice and moral support. It is definitely an intense journey but hard work does pay off!
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