It all adds up for Maria de Mayo with top marks in accounting


An adult student based in Castlebar, who was keen to help her family’s business venture, achieved one of the top marks in the country on the Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) diploma exams she studied online.

Maria Sherlock (54), who lives in Turlough Road, worked for her husband David’s company, Enginuity Engineering and Technical Services, before starting the program, recognized as the fastest path to a fulfilling professional accounting career and rewarding.

Mother of two teenagers, Aisling and Conor, Maria interrupted her career from 2002 to 2013, returning to the labor market in the family business.

“With two teenage children, I opened my eyes to online learning, especially for mature students,” she said.

“I am no longer worried that my children will make the perfect career choice, as I can see that there are many alternative paths to the third level that you can take while still keeping a job and raising a family. “

Maria said that as she took care of the company’s accounts, she realized that there were areas she needed to learn more about.

“I liked the flexibility of studying online for the Accounting Technician degree in Ireland. I researched and coworkers had good things to say about the program. I chose to study online because I was busy with my job and needed flexibility.

“Also, I hadn’t studied for so long and felt comfortable with the online option. Recorded lectures can be viewed at any time. But the lecturers were always available to answer questions and there was incredible support from the other students.

“Fortunately, we had met in Dublin just before Covid hit and we were creating a WhatsApp group. There was a good mix of people and we were helping each other. It was a lifeline. I found the whole program to be excellent.

“It was exactly what I needed, consolidating everything I had already learned through experience and putting a solid framework around it. The speakers were very encouraging and knowledgeable.

“The degree has been invaluable to me, providing the basic theory to many of the transactions I do on a daily basis. It strengthened my understanding and made me more confident in making the decision.

“This is a well recognized qualification that enjoys a good reputation in the workplace. It has improved my career and given me options.

Registration for the next academic year of the Accounting Technicians Ireland Diploma, which begins later this month, is now open until January 28.

Accounting Technicians Ireland provides a nationally and internationally recognized accounting qualification, and graduates are employed in industry, commerce, private practice and the public sector.

The highly regarded professional qualification can be achieved in as little as two years. Studies can be full-time, part-time, and online.

Accounting Technicians Ireland Diploma courses are open to school and university leavers, mature students and those working in business, industry or small firms, but who, for now, have no formal training.

The qualification opens up a world of employment opportunities for graduates in a wide range of accounting and finance roles and allows students to progress further into financial leadership positions.

Degree holders are highly regarded qualified professionals working at all levels of finance in the private and public sectors, industry and commerce, as well as in accounting firms.

“There is a continued strong demand for accounting and finance skills in industry, practice and the public sector, with many employers supporting their staff by defraying program costs,” said Gillian Doherty, director of operations at Accounting. Technicians Ireland.

“We work closely with employers to ensure that the degree qualification prepares our graduates for success in the workplace.

“Through our flexible online curriculum and our partnership with colleges and training providers across the island, students can gain a professional qualification while working remotely, if needed, and living in their area.

“Graduates then join a network of supporting members of professional accountancy technicians who fill the full spectrum of accounting and finance roles.

“Through their membership in ATI, graduates benefit from regular training and professional support, ensuring the continued relevance of the accounting technician qualification in the wider professional environment. “

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