A Newcastle College accountancy student has made it into the final two candidates for a prestigious professional award.
Jay Wilson, 25 from Newcastle, who is currently undertaking an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) accreditation at the College, is up for Professional Member of the Year at the 2019 AAT Professional Member Awards.
The awards form part of the AAT Annual Conference and aim to celebrate the success of its professional members, formally recognising their hard work and successes across six different categories, including Professional Member of the Year and Rising Star.
Jay began studying for an accounting qualification with Newcastle College 18 months ago, first completing his bookkeeping course before progressing to Level 2, Level 3 and has now achieved AAT Associate Bookkeeping (AATQB) status, giving him professional membership with AAT.
Prior to this, Jay worked in outbound calls, a job he found unchallenging and unrewarding. With no existing qualifications or accreditations, he decided it was time to make a change and took the plunge to enrol at Newcastle College.
He is now employed as a Senior Financial Officer, preparing monthly management accounts for a number of companies and supporting a team of people.
Jay nominated himself for the award, undertaking a long application process to prove why he’s worthy of the accolade.
He says: “I am incredibly proud of achieving AATQB status and thankful for the opportunity AAT has provided.
“I am hoping to win this award so that I can demonstrate how enthusiastic I am about accountancy and how passionate I am about AAT, and the impact that it has had on my very short career.”
Jay is so dedicated to his studies that he works a full-time job and part-time job alongside studying for his final exams.
Despite not being one of the aims of the AAT course, Jay feels that changing his career and achieving so much in a short space of time has given him confidence and found the course has done a lot for both his personal and professional development.
Will Litchfield, Curriculum Leader of Accounting and Finance at Newcastle College, said: “Jay has made remarkable progress during his time with us so far.
“Since his enrolment he has consistently set high targets for himself but, more importantly, has always been very aware of the commitment and work ethic required to achieve these goals. He is constantly looking one step ahead.
“To complete these courses at the level, speed and enthusiasm that Jay has shown requires a great deal of self-motivation. These achievements are to his credit and I am very proud of his accomplishments and the well-deserved nomination.”
Jay will find out whether he has won the award at the AAT Annual Conference, which will be held in Stratford-on-Avon on 13th June.