A Slieverue woman has enhanced her career by earning one of the highest marks in the country in her professional accounting technician exams.
Sinéad Bergin (25) was ranked first among the best students on the island of Ireland in the Irish Accounting Technician (ATI) exams.
After embarking on a career in accounting following a Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics, Sinéad was able to study and take her exams online. Sinéad works as an assistant accountant for the Five Guys restaurant chain and is currently studying to become a fully qualified accountant using the exemptions earned through her ATI degree.
The highly regarded professional degree can be obtained in as little as two years. The study can be full-time, part-time and online.
The Accounting Technicians Ireland Diploma qualification is recognized as the fastest route to a fulfilling and rewarding professional accounting career. Registration for the next academic year, from September, is now open and the program is available online and locally at Waterford College of Further Education and Dungarvan College
“I enjoyed my degree, but it didn’t present me with an obvious career path,” Sinéad said.
“I developed an interest in finance while later working in customer service and administration, and knew I wanted to become a fully qualified accountant.
“But I wanted hands-on experience first, so I took a job in an accounting department before pursuing a degree course.
“Now I work as an assistant accountant for Five Guys Ireland. I completed my ATI Diploma exams last June and was offered the job in July. The Diploma really prepared me. I was able to get started at top speed because I had studied all the elements.
“I have been recommended the ATI Diploma as a way to develop an excellent foundation in accounting. In addition, it offers exemptions to pursue further studies with other accounting bodies at a later stage.
“As I had a full-time job, I chose to study online. I think having the ability to both attend live online tutorials and watch recorded lectures when convenient really helped me do well. I had an excellent experience with the ATI diploma. There was fantastic support from the speakers, who were very helpful in answering questions.
“They really went above and beyond, and the discussion forums with other students developed a great sense of community and understanding. Having the ATI degree opens a lot of doors in terms of career opportunities. I got a fantastic job only a month after finishing my exams.
“The ATI Diploma allows you to have confidence in the exercise of an accounting function. I am on track to become a fully qualified accountant through the Association of Chartered Chartered Accountants (ACCA) within the next two to three years.
“The fact that I have four ACCA exemptions from the ATI will definitely help me achieve this, and my employer sponsors my education. The ATI diploma is a good starting point.
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 valued professional qualification can be obtained in as little as two years.
Accounting technician courses in Ireland are open to school and college graduates, mature students and people working in business, industry or small practice but who do not currently have formal training . The qualification opens up a world of employment opportunities for graduates in a wide range of accounting and finance roles and enables students to progress further into finance leadership positions.
Degree holders are highly qualified professionals working at all levels of finance in the private and public sectors, industry and commerce, and 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 meeting program costs,” says Gillian Doherty, Director of Operations at Accounting Technicians Ireland.
“We work closely with employers to ensure the degree prepares our graduates to succeed in the workplace and meet future demands of the profession.
“Through our flexible online program and our partnership with colleges and training providers across the island, students gain a professional qualification while working remotely, if necessary, and living in their local area.
“Graduates then join a supportive membership network of technical accounting professionals who occupy the full spectrum of accounting and finance roles.
“Through ATI membership, 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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