A Newcastle College student has won a prestigious professional award after qualifying as an accountant.
Jay Wilson, 25 from Newcastle, who has recently completed an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) accreditation at the College, was named 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 said: “Winning Member of the Year is a real testament to my hard work, I’ve become an accountant in under two years whilst working two jobs and it’s instilled a newfound confidence and determination in me.”
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.
Jay nominated himself for the award, undertaking a long application process to prove why he’s worthy of the accolade.
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. This win has led to Jay setting up his own accountancy business, with the aim of providing book-keeping services to a small number of clients.
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 award win.”