After successfully studying our ICB courses, Adeolu was named ‘Employed Bookkeeper of the Year’ at the ICB Luca Awards. We caught up with him to ask him about this journey.
My journey to becoming the ICB Employed Bookkeeper of the Year is as follows:
Secondary School – During my GCSEs I came to a realisation that I loved numbers (even though I got a better grade in English). Because I enjoyed Maths, numbers and calculations, I decided I wanted to go into bookkeeping/accountancy at this stage. The next step from here was for me to choose which options I wanted to do at A-Levels (College). I decided to include Accounting as one of my options.
College – I began my course in accounting and soon realised it was not as easy or simple as I thought! There was a lot more to it and I was in for a shock when we had our first mini test, which I failed quite badly. At this stage I began to question whether I was capable to study accounting or whether I should consider changing to a different career (football). Throughout this time I was constantly supported by both of my parents who urged me to carry on and study harder. Consequently I did two years of accountancy at college, but finished overall with a grade D. I questioned myself again if I wanted to take this on board at University; I eventually decided that I did and went for it.
University – I took on the course “Accounting and Finance”, a 3 year degree which I was very excited about. Although I attained a grade D at college, first year of university saw me achieve a 1st class; I was beginning to understand it all much better!
I also got a 1st class in my dissertation which set me up to claim 8 out of 14 ACCA exam exemptions once I had completed my degree. Although I had completed my 3 year degree and achieved ACCA exemptions, I was still not convinced I possessed the required knowledge to work on my own independently. I then searched the internet for bookkeeping courses and stumbled across the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). At this stage I got my first professional job as an accounts payable clerk which also helped solidify my knowledge.
ICB – I took the bold step to sign up for the full ICB course package through Training Link and within a year I had completed the course. At this stage I was very confident in my abilities, ranging from double entry bookkeeping to year-end adjustments etc. I became a Fellow of the ICB and decided to start my bookkeeping practice (AO Accountants). This was all whilst working full time. I studied and worked full time and ran my bookkeeping practice too; I was determined to succeed.
ACCA – I took up the 8 exemptions from my degree and began to study for the ACCA qualification whilst working full time. At this stage I worked as an accounts assistant/junior accountant and passed exams one after the other. Before I knew it I had completed my ACCA exams, became a Fellow of the ICB and also got promoted at my job at Celerity to Finance Manager.
I hope you enjoyed reading my story to becoming the ICB Employed Bookkeeper of the Year.
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