I started working for my firm a year ago as a temporary Purchase Ledger Clerk and was offerend a permantent role after 2 months and then the postition of Account Assistant after a further 3 months. This job involved preparing management accounts for a small company owned by the group as well as assisting the management accountants with various aspects of their duties. Due to some restructuring within the firm I now no longer prepare any accounts of my own and I seem to spend the majority of my time photocopying and filing.
Due to cost and time involved in commuting to my job, the pay and the feeling that I do not have much opportunity to progress I am currently looking for another job.
I have a second class degree in Mathematics with Business and Management but because only a third of my degree was Business I have not been awarded exemptions from the Certificate Level. I have been working towards this but have struggled to get any time off work in order to sit exams (I lost 9 holiday days last year which I'd saved to study but was not allowed to take time off) and therefore I have 3 exams still left to sit.
The jobs which I have found through agencies have at either required me to be studying towards managerial level exams or are entry level jobs which I feel would be a step backwards considering the experience I have gained so far. I have also found it a problem because in my current job we use Cedar Open Accounts which is not a widely used accounting software and I have no experience of any others.
At the moment I am considering leaving my job and getting a bar job which would allow me to earn more money than I am on at the moment and will also give me the time to allow me to finish my Certificate Level. I am hoping that once I have completed the Certificate level this will help me to find the job I want.
I therefore would like to know how detrimental to my CV it would be if I quit my job in an accounts department in order to work in a bar and whether there is a better course of action to take which will help me find an Assitant Management Accountant's job with study support?