Enter the PQ awards for part Qualified accountants!


PQ magazine are running their annual PQ awards for all part qualified accountants.

It is worth entering as it can help boost your CV and make it stand out from the hundreds of others competing for the same job.
You can nominate yourself or nominate someone else!How about nominating someone who really helped you get where you want to go – a lecturer or maybe your mentor/training manager?

All you need is to submit 250 words, plus any supporting evidence, on why your nominee (or you) should be shortlisted for one of our categories. You can download our application form directly from the pq magazine website .

Or just email them your entry directly, making it clear which category you are nominating for.

Once you have it all ready to send then forward it to awards@pqmagazine.com, or you can post your wise words to: The Editor, PQ magazine, 4th Floor, Central House, 142 Central Street, London EC1V 8AR.

Deadline for all nominations is Friday 18 December 2015.

* PQ of the Year
* NQ of the Year
* Distance Learning Student of the Year
* Student Body of the Year
* Training Manager/Workplace Mentor of the Year
* Accountancy Team of the Year
* Public Sector Accountancy College of the Year
* Private Sector Accountancy College of the Year
* Public Sector Lecturer of the Year
* Private Sector lecturer of the Year
* Innovation in Accountancy
* Study Resource of the Year
* Accountancy Body of the Year
* Accountancy Personality of the Year
* Editor’s Special Award
* Online College of the Year
* Best Use of Social Media


Interested in do some voluntary work to improve your skills and cv



Are you interested in beefing up your CV to improve your chances of getting a job? We have a number of companies looking for people just like you. We are able to offer 12 weeks voluntary administration work which will involve training in a number of areas including office administration, bookkeeping, social media, marketing, etc. email us your CV at info@biznesstrainingcentre.co.uk to register you interest.


Get That Job – 6 tips for getting Hired

BTCDEC15 – Get That Job 6 tips for getting hired     

Getting the right job for you is a job in itself so you had better be ready to work before you work because employability starts here!

Tip 1: Personal Laundry

Imagine its wash day and consider yourself to be an item of clothing. You would not wash your white with your darks nor would you wash silk in the same way you would wash denim. You would need to prepare the laundry separate colours and fabrics, turn out pockets to remove keys, coins, hairpins, wrappers and those sneaky tissues which make a finished wash cycle look like a completely pointless task in a dark wash.

Likewise for job hunting you need to recognise the colourful you. But you also need to turn yourself inside out, separate your whites from darks and fast colours, to get into the nooks and crannies of what you are really about. What your prospective employer needs to know and what is best kept quiet. You need to know and raise your own awareness of what you are good at in order to communicate it effectively so that the pursuit of a role is not a pointless task because you did not prepare and deliver the effectively laundered you.

Tip 2: The Critical Friend

A critical friend is an amazing ally. They will see what you don’t. A critical friend can be identified by the following traits in their method of critique; directly honest and kind, not condescending, structured, suggestive not imposing, full of outside-the-box thinking in a way that suits you and very agenda free.

Once you have gone over those things you are good at (your positive traits) your critical friend can help you dig deep and find more or identify those you had never even recognised. They genuinely want to help you to draw out your strengths and be the best person you can be. A critical friend will not be intimidated by your sharp retorts because be aware that with the identification of positive traits come negative ones which you may feel hurt by.

If you identify a critical friend and get emotionally delicate when it comes to your friend’s critique, either get over it or terminate their involvement. This will save you from running out of friends very quickly!

The critical friend is only invited to critique and should never be made to feel guilty for doing so.

Tip 3: The WIP not the Nae Nae – Curriculum Vitae

The almighty CV!! The CV is never a finished article, it is always a work in progress (WIP). Yes there will be points at which it looks finished but by the time you discover various roles, identify your skills and consult your critical friend, you will find you are tinkering again.

Starting a CV is the hardest bit. What format, skill based or chronological? Which roles to include, some or all the work I have ever done since I was 16? What role is it for, use the same CV for a retail job as I would for and IT one? Organising your information can take time.

What type of industry, role or business funtion are you targeting? Is this clear from your CV?

The CV is like an appetizer or canape. It is created to to entice the recruiter into taking an interest in what’s on offer and it needs to be clear. So you need to make sure your friend is critical and your laundry has been personal.

The CV has to highlight your best bits. Call it a bio for dating or clinching your ideal partner. You would only highlight your positives in the ad wouldn’t you?. The limit should be no more than two pages. The CV should include your relevant skills, qualifications, knowledge and experience for the role you are applying for. Without these you are paper for recycling.

Tip 4: Joy and Pain – Applying for Jobs

Applying for jobs can either be a joyous process, Hurrah!! – or a depressing one, Boo!!

Sending your CV out can sometimes feel like safely bubble wrapping your heart only to find it battered at the other end and cast aside with casual disregard for any pain it may be suffering. Don’t take it personal.

This is where you need to have made sure your CV clearly targets the role you are applying for i.e. your CV looks like one that is suitable for a retail jobs because it contains retail skills, qualifications, knowledge or experience.

There are database building recruitment ads and there are live job ads. Sifting while you’re on the hunt can be a tedious, time consuming and sometimes soul destroying process. Never fear. I did say at the beginning “Getting the right job for you is a job in itself so you had better be ready to work”. This is work.

There are popular job portals and sites that work well and are good at what they claim to do (Reed, TotalJobs, JobsGoPublic, CharityJobs, Guardian, Indeed) and there are the employer sites if you have a definite idea of who you want to apply to. With some jobs a CV application process is sufficient and easy, with others, you delve into the world of the online application form. This we’ll cover another time.

Tip 5: Dealing with Rejection

Once you send your CV off there is always the exciting anticipation that someone will get back to you because your CV is tight. Er, wrong!! There’s there off-chance that you may get an automated reply other times it will feel like you dropped your CV into a bottomless black hole.

In these instances, don’t descend into a prepaid moan to your critical friend or weep into your skinny latte. Call or email the recruiter for feedback. Tell them you are still on the hunt and ask for their professional advice on making your next application better or, if they have other roles more suited to your CV.

Tip: 6: Got an Interview

Jump for joy and take your critical friend out for afternoon tea. You need to assemble your interview preparation team because you now need to strategise, plan and practice your interview. Re-read all the recruitment documentation, visit the employer’s website, talk to family and friends, check the press to find out if there is a topic that affects them or their industry.

Plan your hair, make up, outfit and best route using friends, booking taxis (if necessary) and the internet. It may be useful to time the journey by doing a practice run beforehand (if the location is not too far and costly) to get an idea of not only what the journey feels like but also so that you know exactly where you are going.

Nothing can be left to chance. Make sure you have at least three questions you wish to ask and you have at least three things to reply to the killer question “tell me about yourself?”

Cover these bases and the employer will be flattered at the interest you have shown!


We at BTC are please to announce that we will be starting some brand new courses in January 2016 due to the number of requests we have received to run the courses which are all geared towards preparing and providing you with the necessary skills for work within office administration and finance. We will still be providing voluntary work placements for our students to help you get the experience you need to get a paid job.


The following NEW courses will have the City and Guilds accreditation;

  • Functional skills – English & Maths
  • Business Administration levels 2 & 3
  • Customer Service levels 2 and 3
  • First Aid level 2


All our courses include the following aspects;

  • Employability – CV writing, interview techniques, etc to help build your confidence in getting employment
  • Voluntary work experience – 12 weeks work placement where you gain invaluable work experience within an office environment to reinforce the skills learnt in the classroom
  • First aid at work


For most of these courses you don’t need any qualifications and most of the courses are delivered FREE of charge or at a reduced rate subject to status for government funding. Contact us more information on this via email at info@biznesstrainingcentre.co.uk



With the ACCA exams about to start we have compiled some key tips to help you develop a success strategy to manage your time during the exam. Please post your comments below to let us know if it helped you in anyway.


    • Where an exam paper has MCQs, unfortunately there is no way around this. You need to be familiar with the whole syllabus however these questions are only two marks each so no need to go too indepth.


    • A good strategy to adopt for MCQs is to give each question about 3-3.5 mins each so time yourself to take no longer than 60-70 mins for 20 MC questions in section A.


    • Start with the questions where you are familiar with the topics then move onto the questions which are longer or require long calculations. Don’t worry about workings because they are not marked just the answer is required.


    • If you don’t know the answer then please just guess. You might be able to do a process of elimination for those answers that look obviously wrong. Leave 5 mins at the end of the exam to go over any questions missed.


    • Make sure you answer all the MCQs. You don’t lose marks for wrong answers but you may lose a mark if you don’t answer a question which you could have got right.



    • In section B make sure you attempt all the questions required by the exam and write something for all parts of each question. You will get more marks for attempting parts of all questions required than for doing 4 out of 5 compulsory questions. Even if you only get to write one comment on the part b or c of the question it could be the difference between 49% and 50%. If the question involves a calculation then you get marks for the workings even if you run out of time to write the final answer.


    • Allocate 18 mins to a 10 mark question and 27 mins to a 15 mark question and so on based on 1.8 mins per mark.


    • Write each question on a new page and start each new point on a new paragraph/bullet point


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