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Alistair Taylor

Management Accountant, ITV

"I would not be where I am today without CIMA, it has opened a lot of doors for me"

Education: AAT Level 4

Alistair originally landed a job at ITV in sales ledger whilst studying AAT. Studying CIMA gave him the skills and confidence to progress onto the role of management accountant.

Why did you choose to study CIMA after AAT? 
I completed my AAT and felt I could be a Bookkeeper but I wanted to know more. I wanted to become a management accountant and CIMA was the best route.

Also, CIMA and ITV are partnered, and my director recommended CIMA to me.

How did you find it?
AAT provides a very broad introduction to accounting knowledge. I struggled slightly with the enterprise papers due to not completing the CIMA certificate level first, but I was definitely ahead of the class on financial and performance papers.

I personally think AAT helped me a great deal with my CIMA studies.

How long after you completed your AAT studies did you study CIMA?
I did it straight away as everything was still fresh in my head. This was vital for me as I wasn’t at that time in an accountancy role where I could apply what I learnt.

I personally think it is a good idea to continue straight away so you don’t get out of the studying mind set.

Tell us about your role at ITV
My current role has a lot of complex calculations and I also do the statutory accounts for ITV2 and ITV Digital.

I feel as though I can exercise my numeric skills on a daily basis but then have to be up to scratch on accounting standards due to the importance of doing such large company accounts.

How has studying CIMA helped your career?
I would not be where I am today without CIMA, it has opened a lot of doors for me.

There are plenty of CIMA members in positions that you wouldn’t usually associate with an accountancy qualification.

I feel I will always be able to find a job with my CIMA qualification and therefore it offers me job security.

Tell us something about your job or yourself that would surprise us.
Studying CIMA put me on par with degree level students. Therefore I was eligible to play for the Manchester universities ice hockey team!

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