AAT is one of the most popular accounting qualifications, but did you know that it’s also recognised around the world? Meaning that if you wanted to, you could be working in the sunshine on the other side of the planet!
Using your AAT qualification in other countries
As AAT is known throughout the world, you really have a lot of options for where you can work. No matter what, you will need to have a visa to relocate, and they usually ask that you have an offer of employment before you move. But with AAT under your belt, that shouldn’t be a problem.
In the US you can quickly become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with no further training, bar taking the CPA exam and gaining field experience under the supervision of a licensed CPA. This won’t be much of a problem for you if you’ve already achieved AAT.
It is worth also considering, however, that rules might slightly differ depending on which states you are working in.
Other countries to consider
If you fancy somewhere different, bear in mind that the CPA qualification is internationally recognised so if you have that AND AAT you could move to: Japan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain, Brazi, the UAE, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or the Northern Mariana Islands.
It might take some time to get your head around processes and local legislation, but your core competencies such as interpersonal skills and technical ability travel well. And for those who are eager to climb the career ladder, international experience really can pay off.
Do some research before you leap
As tantalising as a tropical island might sound, it’s important to do some research before you set sail. Where are your particular skills most in demand? You’re more likely to get a visa if the country needs more people with your experience and knowledge.
Speak to a recruiter who specialises in overseas job opportunities. They will be able to give you advice on local market conditions, rates, salaries and visa requirements.
Getting a job overseas
Make sure your CV and LinkedIn are up to date, and state clearly that you are looking for a relocation or overseas opportunity. Highlight any work that you’ve delivered or collaborated on that has had an international element, or any international clients you’ve worked with.
Show on your CV that you’re adaptive and have an open and positive attitude to change. This will be really important to anyone considering you when you need to move country - change is inevitable!
And when it comes to an interview, it’s more than likely to be over a video call - unless you’re very lucky and get flown out to the company’s country. Make sure you research the customs and norms of the country that you may move to - you don’t want to inadvertently insult the interviewer!
It’s a big step, but worth it
Working in another country, potentially on the other side of the world, could be your next big adventure. And with AAT it’s just a little bit easier to secure that dream job. With the skills and knowledge you gain, you can work in accounting anywhere, and employers know that you have the experience and qualifications to add value to their business.
For more information on the AAT qualification it’s other benefits please visit our course pages.