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.”