I began studying AAT Level 2 in 2019 alongside my job as a special needs teacher, studying in the evenings and taking my exams after school. Having taught through the first UK lockdown in 2020, I decided to take a leap of faith and leave teaching after ten years in the profession. I was lucky enough to secure a job in a local chartered accountants practice, enabling me to continue my studies through the ACA Level 7 Apprenticeship with Accountancy Learning. The last six months have been a steep learning curve as I have two children which has meant I have had to juggle home schooling during the most recent lockdown, working full time and studying for my exams. Despite this, I have managed to keep on top of my studies and I completed my last Certificate Level exam last month.