Frequently Asked Questions

Are you considering a career in Accountancy?

Do I need a University degree to become an Accountant?

No - we know that University isn’t for everyone!   Many of our trainees are School Leavers who have completed their ‘A’ level exams.  However, we do take trainees from University when they have graduated.

For ‘A’ level students, we prefer Maths or Business Studies or equivalent to be among the subjects taken and for University graduates, we specify a degree grade of 2:1 or above.

We look for talented people who can make a difference within our accounts, audit and taxation teams.  In particular, we look for trainees who possess excellent analytical and IT skills, the ability to manage competing pressures and communicate well with clients and colleagues.

Where can I find more information on the different accountancy qualifications open to me?

At Jackson Stephen LLP our ‘A’ level trainees study towards their AAT qualifications before progressing to either their ACA or ACCA qualification.

Please ask a member of our Careers Team for one of the many booklets we have available or visit the following websites for more information about accountancy careers:

             - The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
      - The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
               - The Association of Accounting Technicians

How will Jackson Stephen LLP support my training?

Jackson Stephen LLP will pay for all study and revision courses taken at the first attempt, and offer competitive salaries, including paid study and exam leave.

Your skills and knowledge will be enhanced by a structured in-house training programme that is supported by a personal mentoring and appraisal process.

Working as part of a large independent practice like Jackson Stephen LLP will give you far greater access to a wider range of industries and sectors (such as Charities, Academies and Solicitors) and early exposure to different accountancy disciplines, such as tax and audit.

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