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An Alternative to Higher Education

Thursday, 7 May, 2015 -- Helen Wilson

Sophie joined Grant Thornton on 2009 after deciding that studying for a degree at university was no longer an option she was happy to pursue.  The Accelerate scheme has enabled Sophie to work full time whilst gaining her accountancy qualification. Sophie spoke at length about the advantages and opportunities working and studying at the same time has given her, but also pointed out the challenges that working whilst all your friends are at university can bring and that going from a school environment directly into a professional company is a big step.

With more companies offering these types of schemes, including some who are giving the opportunity to be sponsored through a full degree, the options open to the Sixth Form leavers who do not wish to study full time are increasing each year.