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News: Account­ing cours­es helped Reza start his own business

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Reza at his desk with his work and calculator
Reza at his desk with his work and calculator

Reza came to the UK in 2015 from Iran, with lots of expe­ri­ence as an accoun­tant. But he didn’t have the UK qual­i­fi­ca­tions to enable him to work as an accoun­tant here straight­away. So, he worked hard to gain the right qual­i­fi­ca­tions at Not­ting­ham College.

He recent­ly set up his own account­ing busi­ness. Reza now runs DNS Accoun­tants Not­ting­ham. His com­pa­ny is a local fran­chise of a nation­al firm of accoun­tants. It’s based just off Gre­go­ry Boule­vard in Nottingham. 

Now that he has AAT account­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions, Reza can offer a range of tax and man­age­ment account­ing ser­vices. These include book­keep­ing, tax ser­vices, pay­roll, and more. 

First, Reza did some Eng­lish for Speak­ers of Oth­er Lan­guages (ESOL) cours­es at Not­ting­ham Col­lege. Then he con­tin­ued his stud­ies, work­ing his way up to his cur­rent Lev­el 4 account­ing course.

Reza's experience of accounting courses at Nottingham College

Reza said: My Account­ing tutor Irfan always sup­port­ed me and guid­ed me. He also helped me and the oth­er stu­dents to find the best next steps, for exam­ple to move from Lev­el 3 to Lev­el 4 and then get a licence. 

He was always help­ful and we chat­ted about the future and jobs. 

I pre­fer to work for myself, as I had worked for myself before, so I decid­ed to set up my own busi­ness. Start­ing my busi­ness also gives me lots of oppor­tu­ni­ties to speak Eng­lish to cus­tomers and to keep improv­ing it. 

Anoth­er good thing about Not­ting­ham Col­lege is that they con­sid­ered my inter­na­tion­al qual­i­fi­ca­tions and my skills and expe­ri­ence to help me progress. So in quite a short time, I’ve got the qual­i­fi­ca­tions I need to work as a professional. 

I have also devel­oped my com­mu­ni­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal skills and start­ed my own business. 

It has been hard work and there was some pres­sure. For exam­ple, I have passed five exams in lock­down and worked on my new busi­ness at the same time. But the teach­ers at Not­ting­ham Col­lege sup­port­ed me so I could pass.”

Reza's advice for adults thinking about returning to learning

Reza said: I think if an adult is wor­ried about going to Col­lege, I would tell them that at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, I had no issues with my age. Every­one is giv­en the same oppor­tu­ni­ties, young or old! 

Some cours­es, like my account­ing cours­es, are designed for adults. Many on my course are 35 years old or older. 

I want­ed to prove to myself that (at any age) we can still learn and study.”

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  • 12th July 2021 (2:00 PM)
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