Sophie left school with good GCSEs and went onto College to study A levels. She wanted to go to University to study Law, but then decided the subject wasn’t for her. Since she enjoyed working with numbers and was good at organisation, so instead thought she’d pursue a financial career.
But instead of going to University, Sophie decided to take up an Accountancy Apprenticeship to get ahead of graduates by gaining practical experience in an industry environment. She says, “In this profession, experience is far more valuable.” Sophie chose Eastleigh College because she felt it was the best College in the area for AAT training.
She has been studying for four years now, and likes the vibe here, “Everyone is really friendly and it’s a nice environment to be in. Because there are so many different courses going on, you don’t feel out of place– there are a few older people on my course who have kids, but you don’t feel like you’re in a College full of younger people. It has a nice community feel.”
Sophie comes to College one day a week, and spends the rest of her time working at Arthur Daniels & Company accountants in Fareham. Now studying Level 4 AAT, Sophie has built her confidence and has progressed as a more senior member of the team. She says, “I really enjoy it there, they’ve never made me feel like just the apprentice. They respect me as a member of the team, and we’ve just taken on a few more people so I’m now more senior with people coming to me to ask questions.”