A woman celebrates after becoming the world’s youngest qualified chartered accountant at just 20 years old.
Numbers lover Grace Bayton followed her dreams and worked as an accountant after growing up in a small village.
The talented mathematician achieved 11 A* and 2 As at the GCSE – but decided to pursue an apprenticeship while her friends were applying for college.
She began working as a financial assistant at the age of 17, concentrating on her training as an accountant.
And her hard work has paid off as Grace, from Llanhilleth, Gwent, South Wales, has now become the youngest qualified chartered accountant in the world.
She said: “It hasn’t quite arrived that at 20 I’m the youngest accountant in the world.
“When I started training as a financial assistant with the Welsh Government at 17, I never thought I’d be hired by the time I was 20.”
Grace, who works as an accountant for the physics department, now has a goal of becoming chief financial officer within five to ten years.
She added: “I hope that I can show other young people that there are alternative career paths that you can pursue without studying and with an apprenticeship.”
Grace received the good news when she received an email from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
It said: “I am pleased to announce that you are the youngest Member, both in the UK and worldwide, to be elected Associate Member of CIMA. Congratulations.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23027274.grace-bayton-becomes-youngest-qualified-chartered-accountant-world—just-20/?ref=rss At just 20 years old, Grace Bayton will become the youngest qualified chartered accountant in the world