University not always best way to start a career – ACCA research


Research commissioned by ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has revealed less than half of young people (43%) think university is the best way to start their career, while 26% value apprenticeships as the better option, and 15% would chose other professional qualifications.

 ACCA says on its website young people’s opinions on skill-set seem to reflect the changing attitudes towards traditional forms of study. Almost half (47%) rate confidence as the most important skill in being successful in business in comparison to 36% who believe it is intelligence.

ACCA’s director of professional education, Reza Ali, says traditional routes of success, such as going to university are still popular, but this doesn’t mean one should rule out other options such as apprenticeships or professional qualifications.

The research for ACCA was carried out by TNR between 24/07/ 2017 and 28/07/2017 amongst a panel resulting in 2008 respondents.

Read some of the participants’ comments here.