The Book-keepers Forum (BKF)

Post Info TOPIC: no experience in uk


Status: Offline
Posts: 2
no experience in uk

Hi. My name is Georgiana, I'm from Romania and recently moved in UK. I have 15 years experience in accounting, I'm a member of CECCAR in Romania (like ICAEW in UK) and I have a big problem... I never thought that I couldn't find a job here, with all my experience, but it seems that I cannot. I'm applying since July for entry-level jobs, but no success. There is everybody here who can give me an advice, what to do? Many thanks


Master Book-keeper

Status: Offline
Posts: 8646

Hi Georgiana
Dont mean to sound rude but why would anyone move to another country without getting a job first?

Bit hard to say what the issue is without seeing a CV. Also you dont state where you are based. Im assuming its probably London as for some strange reason thats where everyone migrates to thinking there are masses of jobs going.

Main issue I would suggest is an over concentration of candidates.

if nothing else other than some obvious thoughts about your membership/qualifications:-

- you are over qualified for entry level jobs (albeit dont have the UK experience) - so employers would think you would get bored easily
- you dont have the UK experience (chicken and egg situation and occurs with many who belong to UK accounting bodies and in other industries)
- the Brexit factor

Ways to solve it (possibly)
-do some vonulteering
-massively dumb down your CV
-get some feedback from applications already made (there could be something else putting employers off)
- find out what your actual qualifications are equivalent to in the UK. A quick search suggests that anyone as a member of CECCAR can only get exemptions from the first four exams at CIMA level. Not sure about ACCA or ACA (ICAEW). So maybe check with ICAEW to see what conversions, if any, you need to do.

-if the CECCAR is equivalent to ICAEW ( I dont know!) then consider becoming a member of the ICAEW and upskilling via their CPD programmes (whilst volunteering).

If the latter two can show to folk here that you are qualified at the top level, you may want to consider speaking to the ICAEW Romanian contact (see their website) and effecting introductions from recognised firms from home to the bigger firms in the UK.



Winner of Bookkeeper of the Year 2015, 2016 & 2017

Thoughts are my own/not to be regarded as official advice,which should be sought from a suitably qualified Accountant.

You should check out answers with reference to the legal position


Status: Offline
Posts: 2

Hi there,
Thanks for this :)) I thought that, with my experience, it would be easy to find an entry-level job, to see what's about it, and then move up.
And no, I'm not in London, I'm in Newbury :)
ICAEW doesn't have an agreement with CECCAR anymore, so I started with ACCA, who gave me some exemptions, but not to much.
I've been told that I'm over qualified for entry-level jobs,indeed, but how can I apply for finance manager, when I do not know how to do a VAT return in UK ? It dose not have any sense...


Page 1 of 1  sorted by
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.

Tweet this page Post to Digg Post to
Members Login
    Remember Me  
2007-2021 The Book-keepers Forum (BKF). All Rights Reserved. The Book-keepers Forum (BKF) is a trading division of Bookcert Ltd. Registered in England Company Number 05782923. 2 Laurel House, 1 Station Rd, Worle, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS22 6AR, United Kingdom. The Book-keepers Forum and BKF are trademarks of Bookcert Ltd. This forum is a discussion forum only. There will usually be more than one opinion to any question and any posting should not be viewed as a definitive solution. No responsibility for loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of any posting on this site is accepted by the contributors or The Book-keepers Forum. In all cases, appropriate professional advice should be sought before making a decision. We reserve the right to remove any postings which are offensive, libellous, self-promoting or engaged in covert marketing. We will not notify users of removals. The views expressed in the forum posts are those of the individual and do not necessary reflect or agree with those of The Book-keepers Forum. Any offensive or unsuitable posts will be removed by the moderators. Any reader of this forum can request for a post to be looked into by sending an email to:

Privacy & Cookie Policy  About